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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. White House contenders aren't typically bashful about asking for money. But as the coronavirus pandemic upends life, Trump and his likely Democratic rival, Joe Biden, suddenly find themselves navigating perilous terrain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Both parties need to assure public they'll accept election results

Recently, David Plouffe, erstwhile 2008 Barack Obama campaign manager, remarked after watching the former president's speech at this year's virtual DNC convention that "there has never been one like that [referring to Mr. Obama's rhetoric] It's alarming to hear it. He's basically saying if this election goes to Donald Trump, our democracy could be over."

In this Oct. 11, 2013, file image made from video and released by WikiLeaks, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow. (AP Photo, File)

Pardoning Snowden sends wrong message

In May 2013, Edward Joseph Snowden, a contractor working for the National Security Agency, illegally obtained -- and then transferred to a handful of journalists -- millions of highly classified documents detailing the inner workings of America's leading intelligence agency. He then fled to Hong Kong and, later, Russia, where he presently resides.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden signs a required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Democratic convention reinvention

Political party conventions, like the incoming tide, bring a surge of energy that has dissipated since the last quadrennial gathering. With crowds of loyalists, balloons, confetti and, most of all, the rock-star-like ascendance of the party's chosen champion, the confab launches the presidential campaign season designed to capture the White House. It's gone like a shattered dream, though, in the year of the coronavirus. Democrats have settled for a virtual convention, with all the sensation of a texted birthday wish.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with members of the audience as he leaves a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats mistake division for union

As Democrats prepare to convene their 2020 political convention later this month, their draft platform exhibits a few loose planks. Meant to help Americans gather around a common cause, sadly, it reads like a blueprint for driving them apart.

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