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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Risky judgment of Barrett's Catholicism

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett boasts solid-gold credentials: tops in her class at Notre Dame, a clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia, black-robed experience on the federal bench and a heart for the human condition earned while mothering seven children.

A member of the production crew cleans glass on stage which will serve as a barrier to protect the spread of COVID-19 as preparations take place for the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is scheduled for Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EDITORIAL: Don't discount the Pence-Harris debate

Divided between plexiglass barriers, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris will meet Wednesday for their first and only debate. Unlike past "junior-varsity" matches, what's in store will reveal the aptitude of each of the candidates and two very different portraits of the future. Many voters think Ms. Harris will likely end up running things in the White House should the Democrats win. But the ability to carry out the duties of the presidency, if necessary, is something that both will be judged on.

President Donald Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment as a covid-19 patient, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Like fellow Americans, Trump is in the fight against coronavirus

Billionaire businessman, TV showman and Free World helmsman Donald Trump has long stood in a class by himself. At the same time, he has never abandoned the street-level populism enjoining him the millions of voters he has aroused. It is perhaps fitting, then, that the greatest challenge to Mr. Trump's presidency — and his person — is the very same coronavirus threat faced by 21st century Everyman. How he handles his personal test in the battle against the deadly disease may determine whether America emerges from the pandemic epoch with victory.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that President Trump will not go down without a fight if he loses the election to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. (screengrab via YouTube/@The 19th)

EDITORIAL: The next Russia collusion chapter

Americans may have thought they had heard all there is to know about "Crossfire Hurricane," the shadowy investigation of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign supposed conspiracy with the Kremlin to discredit his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Information has surfaced that the official account may be missing an important plot twist: Hillary not as victim, but perpetrator. Fact or fiction, it's a new chapter in this unprecedented political drama that deserves to be written.

President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, gesturing during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EDITORIAL: The first Trump-Biden face-off looks back, not ahead

Leadership requires looking ahead, but the current campaign for president is giving new meaning to the Obama-era policy of "leading from behind." The coronavirus pandemic rocking the nation has obligated President Trump to act decisively while Democratic candidate Joe Biden has had only to jeer from the sidelines. Voters witnessing the initial presidential debate could only wonder whether there is more to the Biden vision for America in the 2020 election than 20/20 hindsight.

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EDITORIAL: Voter fraud and the mail-in method

Presidential elections are typically nerve-wracking affairs, and the usual advice for nail-biters is to trust the system. But maybe not this time. Considering the depths of deceit plumbed by Donald Trump's adversaries who have attempted unsuccessfully to upend his presidency, there is reason to suspect underhanded efforts are afoot to thwart his re-election. Law-abiding voters should keep a sharp eye on the electoral process to ensure that both the Republican president -- and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden receive every legitimate ballot, and not one more.

A police officer speaks after a Louisville police officer was shot, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EDITORIAL: Police need control tools that are not hit or miss

Perilous confrontations that result in police fatally shooting a civilian can only be described as tragic. The death of Breonna Taylor is once again in the news. Cases in which Black men were shot triggered social unrest this summer, with the rippling effect of widespread violence only adding to the heartbreak.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: President Trump should make a Supreme Court pick

As we all now know, there is a Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose casket, as of this writing, is reposing in the Supreme Court. Former clerks, friends, and soon the president of the United States, will pay their respects. Next week Justice Ginsburg will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. By that time Mr. Trump will have announced his nominee for her replacement.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the AARP Presidential Forum at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Time to take a closer look at AARP

For years, progressive politicians and groups have tried to prove the more effective conservative groups are just fronts for monied interests and corporate America. They've alleged time and again, without proof that the National Rifle Association the nation's largest mass membership civil rights group is merely a tool of the firearms industry. Or that certain research and advocacy groups that question climate change at any level are beholden to the oil companies and are doing their bidding in exchange for contributions.

A structure is destroyed by an advancing wildfire, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Finley, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

EDITORIAL: If Americans don't spruce up their forests, Mother Nature will

Forests afire as far as the eye can see have become a common, heartbreaking occurrence in the American West when summer fades into autumn. The devastation hits hardest those residents who must breathe in smoke for months on end and, sometimes, face fleeing the infernos. Some are quick to blame the flames on human-caused climate change, but the destruction will persist without recognition of human-caused failure to manage the wilderness environment.

This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film "Cuties." The backlash to the French independent film Mignonnes, or Cuties, started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors. (Netflix via AP, File)

EDITORIAL: The ugliness of Netflix' 'Cuties'

In a Sept. 16 op-ed in The Washington Post, Maimouna Doucoure stoutly defended her controversial film "Cuties," which debuted a week earlier on Netflix. It has come under deserved fire for its hyper-sexualized depiction of prepubescent 10- and 11-year-old girls. You read that right: Her film. "Cuties" — which surely will qualify as "must-see TV" for pedophiles everywhere — demonstrates that women can be perverts, too. But the larger problem with the enterprise is what it says about the state of America's culture.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) lines up under center during the second half an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

EDITORIAL: For Luis Moreno Jr., principle is more important than profit

The corporate world of professional sports is a sad place these days. And perhaps it has always been so, but now the public is better attuned to the hypocrisy with which decisions are made. The National Basketball Association and Nike, for instance, are happy to provide a platform for the ugliest critiques of America, while happily ignoring the genocide their financial overlords, the Chinese, currently carry out on the Uyghur population.

An interior view of Bank of America Stadium prior to an NFL football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

EDITORIAL: Mixing football with politics is a mistake

Professional football has opened its pandemic-era season over the past few days and by the looks of it, America's favorite sport has flubbed the kickoff. If games played in nearly empty stadiums to minimize coronavirus exposure weren't dismal enough, the league has apparently decided to sponsor "wokeball." Attempting to mix pigskin and politics is a mistake, though, and Americans are choosing to punt.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, right, confers with Democratic colleagues during the Senate floor session in the temporary Virginia Senate chamber inside the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

EDITORIAL: Virginia Democrats go virtual to enact a radical agenda

Professional Democracy-watchers — that group of people who yell from the top of every bell-tower in America that President Trump has eroded nearly every civic norm holding our country together — have been silent about what's going on in Richmond, Virginia, where the Democrat-led House of Delegates recently voted to conduct their legislative affairs "virtually." As in over the Internet, not in person and not even in Mr. Jefferson's Capitol.

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