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Sports betting companies offer wagers on who will clinch a party’s presidential nomination, which candidate will win the election and much more. kmaassrock/E+/Getty Images

Odds are that gambling on the Biden/Trump competition will further reduce the presidential campaign to a horse race

Overseas-based sports betting companies offer wagers in the US on who will clinch a party’s presidential nomination and which candidate will win the election. What does this mean for democracy?
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, center, of the North Carolina Supreme Court swears in state presidential electors to cast their votes on Dec. 14, 2020. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

2020’s ‘fake elector’ schemes will be harder to try in 2024 – but not impossible

In the 2020 presidential election, groups of self-appointed electors in seven states met to cast votes for Donald Trump, even though Joe Biden had carried their states. Could that happen again?
A New York disciplinary authority found that Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani ‘communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements’ and ordered him suspended from practicing law. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Trump’s lawyers in lawsuits claiming he won in 2020 are getting punished for abusing courts and making unsupported claims and false statements

Federal judges and bar associations have meted out punishment to the many attorneys who filed meritless lawsuits claiming – without evidence – that the 2020 presidential election results were invalid.
‘We did win this election,’ said then-President Donald Trump at the White House early on Nov. 4, 2020, on what was still election night. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump nearly derailed democracy once − here’s what to watch out for in reelection campaign

Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election results. But the work of others, from lawmakers to judges to regular citizens, stopped him. There are cautionary lessons in that for the 2024 election.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley greets supporters on Jan. 3, 2024, at a bar in Londonderry, N.H. Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Women presidential candidates like Nikki Haley are more likely to change their positions to reach voters − but this doesn’t necessarily pay off

Nikki Haley is the latest American female politician to shift her language, depending on whom she is talking to and where. But this tactic has a flip side, prompting criticism of her as inconsistent.
U.S. President Joe Biden mingles with diners at Hannibal’s Kitchen in Charleston, S.C., in January 2024. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Don’t count Biden out: January polls are historically unreliable

Despite what January polls suggest, in a Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden rematch in November, a result similar to 2020 would be probable: a big Biden vote lead and tight state-by-state battles.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference after former President Donald Trump’s Aug. 15 indictment. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

RICO is often used to target the mob and cartels − but Trump and his associates aren’t the first outside those worlds to face charges

Federal and state RICO charges, which target racketeering, have been applied to a wide range of crimes committed by politicians and business people over the past few decades.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney receives documents from court clerk Che Alexander on August 14, 2023. Megan Varner/Getty Images

Fulton County charges Donald Trump with racketeering, other felonies – a Georgia election law expert explains 5 key things to know

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ RICO charges against Trump are targeting election law violations, but by another name. The charges can result in a minimum five years in prison.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump returns to his plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Aug. 3 after pleading not guilty to charges that he conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The U.S. at a crossroads: How Donald Trump is criminalizing American politics

The 2024 U.S. presidential election should be about more than Donald Trump’s legal travails. It should be a choice between democracy and the further criminalization of American politics.
Former President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally on July 29 in Erie, Pa., a few days before he was indicted on charges he worked to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

America is on the brink of another civil war, this one fuelled by Donald Trump

American history can partly explain why some Americans have come to believe only Donald Trump has their interests at heart, and will vote for him — and fight for him — despite his indictments.
As footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is displayed in the background, former president Donald Trump stands while a song, Justice for All, is played during a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, in March 2023. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump’s victim rhetoric will boost his popularity following latest indictment

Donald Trump’s legal woes will nourish and strengthen his rhetorical style, and his followers will continue to be persuaded by how he makes them feel, not by reason, facts or critical thought.
There are real fears that AI will make politics more deceptive than it already is. Westend61/Getty Images

6 ways AI can make political campaigns more deceptive than ever

Politicians and their campaigns use a lot of methods, including manipulation and deception, to persuade you to vote for them and give them money. AI promises to make those attempts more effective.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in New Hampshire on April 27, 2023. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Do federal or state prosecutors get to go first in trying Trump? A law professor untangles the conflict

If a person – in this case, the former president of the United States – is charged by federal and state prosecutors, or prosecutors in different states, at the same time, which case goes first?

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