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U.S. President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he departs after playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling Va., on Nov. 8, 2020. Trump is refusing to concede the election, a common tactic of authoritarians. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump lost, but racism is alive and infused in U.S. history

Trump is reminiscent of strongmen like Hungary's Viktor Orbán and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A good portion of the electorate like what he's selling anyway. That's a bitter pill for the U.S.
Not in Russia: An election observer takes notes as Gwinnett County workers process ballots in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Nov. 6. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Russia’s rigged elections look nothing like the US election – they have immediate, unquestioned results there

Charges by President Donald Trump and his allies that the 2020 election was rigged are challenged by experts in Russian elections, where rigging the outcome is an established way of life.
President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP

Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose?

Grandiose narcissists do not, or even cannot, recognise and acknowledge a failure could be their own.
Harris isn’t actually the first Black woman to run for vice president of the United States. Photo Illustration by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Before Kamala Harris, many Black women aimed for the White House

Ever heard of Shirley Chisholm? What about Charlene Mitchell and Lenora Fulani? They are among the many African American women who've run for president despite enormous political barriers.
President-elect Joe Biden stands on stage after making his victory speech on Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden’s win shows the clout of senior citizens in America

President-elect Joe Biden has successfully enticed the young into politics. As he approaches his 78th birthday, will he also serve their interests?
Election officials counting ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse Friday in Pittsburgh. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

How votes are counted in Pennsylvania: Changing numbers are a sign of transparency, not fraud, during an ongoing process

As vote counts tick upward, people may have questions about why one candidate does better with mail-in votes or in-person ballots. Here are the answers, and an explanation of how the counting happens.
The moment Lester Holt of NBC News cut into a statement from President Donald Trump. NBC News via YouTube

Has Donald Trump had his Joe McCarthy moment?

When President Trump claimed in a press conference that the election was being stolen from him, three major TV networks cut off their coverage. A media scholar asks if this is a turning point.
Voters mark their ballots at a church in Stamford, Conn. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Is democracy sacred?

A theologian argues, based on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, that a political institution has its limits when it comes to being called 'sacred.'

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