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Trump has claimed for weeks the election is stolen. Having fired up his supporters in this way, it became much harder to control mob behaviour.
The process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes usually generates very little attention. Not so this year, with rebel Republicans planning to challenge the votes in several states.
Pride in the past: Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
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The outgoing president has threatened US democracy. There must be consequences.
Vice President Mike Pence says he ‘welcomes’ objections to Biden’s Electoral College win, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats reject any such effort.
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The 1887 Electoral Count Act spells out the process for Congress to convene and review election results on Jan. 6, and it requires both the House and Senate to uphold any challenges to Biden's win.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe as president on Jan. 6, 2021, in which he successfully incited a mob to storm Congress.
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Donald Trump's narcissism and destructive style of leadership may influence organizational leaders who were impressed by what he was able to get away with during his four years as president.
On Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon announced his resignation from the presidency.
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After release of tape recordings in which Nixon ordered the Watergate coverup, he resigned under pressure by congressional Republicans. Today's GOP had a different response to the Trump tape.
Trump supporters face off against counterprotesters at the Million MAGA March in Washington on Nov. 14, 2020.
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Donald Trump has been a populist president. Understanding populism's roots in the US and elsewhere is essential for addressing its rise and threat to democracy.
Young Americans got involved in the 2020 election.
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A three-month-long group conversation with some of the newest American voters yields insights both worrisome and promising.
A bronze statue in Tulsa, Okla., commemorating the abuse and terrorism suffered by Black people in the city, much of it at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK successfully overthrew a governor who tried to outlaw the organization.
Some downplay seemingly ridiculous white nationalist groups like the Boogaloo Boys at our peril. Looking back at a successful coup engineered by the Ku Klux Klan in Oklahoma shows us why.
Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks on Nov. 19 at a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election.
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President Trump's populist control of his party didn't extend to control in courtrooms where he challenged election results. That's where the rules of politics met the rules of law, and politics lost.
U.S. President Donald Trump greets Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting in Osaka, Japan, June, 28, 2019.
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Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has exposed the fragility of democratic institutions, mirroring a global trend in authoritarianism, and that will have a lasting effect on the United States.
As an unincorporated U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has fewer constitutional and political rights than a state.
Lawmakers are unlikely to grant Puerto Rico's request for admission into the Union – unless, perhaps, the Democrats win both Senate seats in Georgia's Jan. 5 runoff election.
Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt signs an official tally of the Electoral College votes from the 2016 presidential election, in January 2017.
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Five scholars explain different aspects of the history, workings and effects of the Electoral College.
President-elect Joe Biden introduces his foreign policy and national security team on Nov. 24 in Wilmington, Del.
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In order to establish his legitimacy, President-elect Joe Biden has to accomplish several big tasks.
U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after spending time in hospital with a COVID-19 infection.
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New research suggests that if Donald Trump had handled the COVID-19 pandemic better and kept outbreaks under control, he might have won the Nov. 3 election.
Antifa activists on the streets of Salem, Oregon, at a rally of extreme right-wing groups such as the Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys on September 7.
The anti-fa movement gained momentum in the United States following the election of Donald Trump. However, its members do not constitute a threat in the sense of the American president.
Protesters against the removal of President Martin Vizcarra gather in Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 12, 2020.
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The undermining of democracy across the Americas, especially in the U.S. and Peru, has been occurring via attempts to use laws solely for political gain.
The US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Since his election loss, the president has been threatening to go to the Supreme Court in attempt to overturn the results. Unfortunately for him, the court may not be the perfect arbiter of his dreams.
Taking off the mask.
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A survey of US voters shows that – on their most important issue, COVID-19 – the US president fared particularly badly.
Two-thirds of respondents in the last poll of the year said they were satisfied with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s performance, a reflection of his handling of COVID-19.