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A man watches results come in on a screen set up at an election night gathering at Independence Mall , Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania makes sport of the presidential election

Hold the confetti. America has spoken, but the final outcome of the 2020 presidential election is still a secret. Most of the credit, or discredit, goes to Pennsylvania. Rather than a keystone from which it takes its nickname, the commonwealth has tossed a brick at the fragile U.S. election system. Americans pondering their future course can do nothing but wait.

The American flag is seen at the James A. Byrne United States Courthouse, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

EDITORIAL: Strengthen the ties that bind, America

At the time of this writing much of America is heading toward the polls. Then they are heading home, sheltering in place and waiting. Fear and uncertainty are high, especially for small shopkeepers in major U.S. cities who have — in anticipation of unbridled anarchy and rioting by those on the left — boarded up their storefronts. If President Trump is reelected, they know the carnage nightfall could bring.

Debbie Sorensen inserts her ballot into a drops box Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EDITORIAL: The democratic process, though imperfect, is still unmatched

Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, but the chance to have a say in the nation's leadership is not to be overlooked as an occasion for gratitude. The fact that over most of the nation, Election Day dawned bright and crisp — perfect elements for poll lines — is all the more reason for a hat tip toward our shared good fortune. Weather may remain beyond human control, every American adult is endowed with the privilege of casting a vote no less weighty than any other.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump watch as the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team descend during a "Salute to America" event on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

We endorse Donald J. Trump for reelection

Four years ago, Donald J. Trump presented himself to the American people as a brash, vulgar, gold-plated reality star seeking a political career in which he promised to bounce the entrenched Washington political set off the ropes of a pro wrestling ring and pound them into the canvas.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

EDITORIAL: Big Tech's bad actors

The yearning for free expression is a thoroughly human aspiration and, unfortunately, so is the desire to control it. Big Tech is up to its prying eyeballs in both -- opening new channels for expression it likes and squelching those it doesn't.

In this Sept. 1, 2020, photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam listens to a reporter's question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va.  Northam and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor’s office said in a statement Friday, Sept. 25,  that Northam no symptoms while those of Pam Northam are mild. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: Virginia drifting westward, and no one seems willing to stop it

In the horse-race of woke, racialized politics, there are a few clear front-runners. Portland is in a good spot after 100-plus days of rioting. Seattle remains a strong contender after its showing in the CHOP. And, of course, the whole state of California — a perennial favorite — is always a safe bet. The odds are slim that Virginia, an often decently run state, beats out this strong group, but with woke all-stars like Sen. L. Louise Lucas, Portsmouth Democrat, in the General Assembly, they should get a good look.

Divine Ayong seals a test in a biohazard bag after collecting a sample Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at The University of Texas at El Paso's Fox Fine Arts building in El Paso, Texas. Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every single state. In El Paso, authorities instructed people to stay home for two weeks and imposed a 10-p.m.-to-5-a.m. curfew because of a surge that has overwhelmed hospitals. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

EDITORIAL: The coronavirus fight has resulted in collateral victims

Restrictions on normal human activities have undoubtedly saved American lives that otherwise would have been lost to the deadly coronavirus. The all-hands-on-deck approach to fight the pandemic can be quantified in terms of the trillions of dollars spent, but there been other costs as well. Lives claimed as collateral damage in the battle have been given only secondary consideration. It's time to ponder whether it makes sense to rob Peter of life in order to save Paul.

President Donald Trump dances at the conclusion of a campaign rally at Lancaster Airport, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in Lititz, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

EDITORIAL: Donald Trump for reelection

Four years ago, Donald J. Trump presented himself to the American people as a brash, vulgar, gold-plated reality star seeking a political career in which he promised to bounce the entrenched Washington political set off the ropes of a pro wrestling ring and pound them into the canvas. It all seemed so self-serving and absurd.

This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, file photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump and Biden have starkly different visions for the international role of the United States — and the presidency.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

EDITORIAL: Voting early nullifies late debates

Americans admire decisive action, but there aren't many handed out for going off half-cocked. Tens of millions of Americans tuned in Thursday night to watch Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden match wits in their final showdown before the 2020 election but, counterintuitively, it may not much matter. That's because tens of millions more have already pulled the trigger and made their selection for president. For all but those facing real health fears or schedule conflicts, the rush to vote early is a choice to vote ill-informed.

FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)

EDITORIAL: Confronting political censorship

Some disasters arrive with the suddenness of an avalanche with no time to react, while others are preceded by a flashing early-warning sign. Americans are shocked by blatant censorship of news relevant to the impending 2020 presidential election, but they shouldn't be. Unsavory political bias has been a growing phenomenon in the electronic public square. With millions of votes already cast, efforts to release the subversive grip on free speech are too little, too late.

An election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Election officials there said that 280,000 county ballots had already been returned, nearly 20% of the total sent to voters. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

EDITORIAL: Mail-in balloting imperils 'basic fairness'

It's no secret that life isn't always fair. Given a choice, though, common-sense citizens would prefer fairness over inequity 99 times out of 100. That's why it is disturbing that there is no guarantee elections are fair and square. With the stakes mounting higher with each succeeding national election, the temptation to tilt vote outcomes with erroneous and fraudulent ballots has never been stronger. The best course of action that concerned Americans can take is to vote in person.

FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)

EDITORIAL: Facebook and Twitter ban New York Post story and no one blinks

In news almost everyone saw coming, Monday morning Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he would hold no further press events until after the final presidential debate with Donald Trump on Thursday. What's remarkable is not the duck-and-cover routine Mr. Biden has been playing — we all know what that's about — but the fact that the media is simply willing to accept whatever political ploy from the campaign, no matter how anti-democratic.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Biden energy plan could weaken the U.S. economy

The U.S. economy runs on energy, and it runs more powerfully when its fuel is affordable. Seldom has energy been more abundant than at present, and President Trump's policies have helped the juice to flow. In challenging Mr. Trump's presidency, Joe Biden is championing a fundamental transformation in energy policy. With the health of the economy the top issue of the upcoming 2020 presidential election, voters should examine whether his plan would dial the power down.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

EDITORIAL: The probe of 'Crossfire Hurricane' drags on

Whoever said patience is a virtue should also have mentioned that patience is a close relative of procrastination. The United States fought and won World War II in three months shy of four years. It has been three months longer than four years since rogue Obama administration officials initiated an unwarranted attempt to derail Donald Trump's presidency, and still no justice has been meted out. Sadly, Americans are going to the polls in a new presidential election without a full accounting of mischief committed during the previous one. There is little virtue in that.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Southwest Focal Point Community Center in, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: A Biden win portends a nuclear deal do-over

For the better part of a year, Americans have narrowed their focus to the immediate task of saving themselves from the scourge of the deadly coronavirus. The threat of disease is still potent, but the approach of a quadrennial presidential election necessitates a wider scope of awareness. From afar, an angry Iran continues to glare westward. As millions of U.S. voters sit with pen in hand to fill out their mail-in ballots, they should ponder whether they could be also signing off on a renewed Iranian quest for nuclear arms.

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