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Trump playing golf at his Virginia course last Sunday after the election was called. (AP photo by Steve Helber)

Is it boring? Is it perplexing? Is it nauseating? Is it frustrating?

Or is it just deadly? Plain deadly.

Is it a week after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election? And is playing golf and fuming in private all that Donald Trump can manage to do?

Could he pay an iota of attention to the nation’s future? For its public health and national security, he should be starting the transition to Biden’s team.

But if Trump is bad, Covid is worse. It waits not for Trump.

It just gets more and more scary. By the…

Katyal’s podcasts are antidotes to Trump’s legal challenges

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Screenshot of Katyal’s Instagram Page From November 12, 2020

Donald Trump’s childish refusal to acknowledge his re-election loss this month enrages many Americans and endangers the country.

We have to put up with Trump’s progressively ridiculous and unsupported court challenges to the election mandate achieved by Joe Biden this month.

How do I know the court challenges are ridiculous and unsupported?

Simple! I l just listen to podcasts by Attorney Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general of the United States, law professor, and legal affairs analyst in the media. (You can also follow Katyal on Twitter.)

Katyal’s two- or three-minute “Courtside” video podcasts on Instagram quickly demolish all legal maneuvers by Trump’s legal team.

Katyal is the antidote to any fears you harbor that Trump might prevail.

I recommend them for a good night’s sleep.

What’s on the checklist facing Biden, according to foreign policy writer Richard N. Haass

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Photo by @KyleJGlenn on

“One thing that an incoming president cannot choose,” writes Richard N. Haass, “… is the inbox that awaits him.”

So it is with President-Elect Biden. He has an overflowing inbox, says Haass.

Question: Who Taught Me To Enjoy ‘Jeopardy’ With Alex Trebek?

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Alex Trebek on the “Jeopardy” set. Source: AP.

The greatest fan of “Jeopardy” in my experience was my maternal grandmother, Bunnee Lola Zuckerman Taft.

Now That I’m Breathing Again, It’s Easier To See Election Week’s Two Roller Coaster Rides

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Joe Biden has a new hat, tweeted out by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. The Trump photo is from news sites.

Yes, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidency and vice presidency.

Given the undercurrent of complaints about the Democratic victory during Election Week — and that’s from the Democratic side! — it seems necessary to assert that a win a win. And this win is big. Or big enough.

It’s not a landslide. But it is a mandate. Especially in a country clearly divided. Even in a country with people fundamentally more alike rather than different.

E.J. Dionne Jr., columnist for The Washington Post, wrote Sunday that Biden’s victory “is far more substantial than the conventional take would have…

Only one U.S. president, Donald Trump, has hit a disgraceful trifecta of miserable presidential accomplishments.

  1. He lost the popular vote.
  2. He was impeached or resigned — impeached, in his case.
  3. He stood for re-election and lost.

This graphic was posted on Twitter today (8 Nov. 2020) by State Rep. Dave Rogers. In the Massachusetts Statehouse, he represents parts of Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge. No idea as to the source of this illustration.

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Source: @RepDaveRogers

President-Elect Illuminates Cruelty and Tragedy of Life in Televised Reading of ‘The Cure at Troy’ by Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney

I am in awe of Joe Biden’s reading of “The Cure at Troy,” by Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Irish television news RTE tonight (Saturday, 7 Nov. 2020) signed off with a television video essay set to Biden reading the poem.

It was shared on Twitter this afternoon by Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, who is clearly thrilled to have an Irish-American heading to the White House.

Here’s the tweet and the link to the Biden TV essay.

Just a note: My father loved poetry. He would have enjoyed this reading.

Here’s the text to the 1991…

Or, in English, ‘One More Map For Today.‘

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From the French newspaper Le Monde, a brilliant map illustrating the distribution of the Electoral College victory for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

What a fine day for the United States! As for France, its president, Emmanuel Macron, was among the first world leaders to congratulate Biden and Harris.

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Source: “The Nine Nations of North America,” by Joel Garreau, published in 1981

Anyone who knows me halfway well knows I love geography and I love maps. This article is for people who join me in that interest. We’re going to look at maps of the United States. Ready to argue about them?

One of my favorite questions upon meeting a new person is to ask them where they live. The answer is often illuminating, especially if I ask about a neighborhood of a city or a region of their state or nation.

My interest derives from a San Diego Union-Tribune article published so long ago — in the early- to mid-1980s, I…

With Kamala Harris at his side, Likely President-Elect Biden is ready to fight Covid, the recession, the climate crisis, and more. He will move the nation forward again

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At this writing, Joe Biden is not yet the president-elect. In the early hours of Saturday, 7 Nov. 2020, he and the rest of the world wait for votes to be counted in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada. It is Day Five of our Election Week.

But we have a clear idea of why Joe Biden is ready to be the president we need. His remarks a few hours ago on Friday night in Wilmington, Delaware, were pegged as an election update rather than a victory speech. …

Douglass T. Davidoff

Writer, p.r. strategist, marketer. History, politics, religion, dogs. Father, sailor, traveler. New Englander, Tar Heel, Hoosier, New Yorker, and Chicagoan.

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