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After descending sharp, treacherous turns on Schuylkill County’s Route 61, you’ll pass a sleepy town, tucked in a coal-scarred valley, where steeples and onion domes command blocks of duplexes and rowhomes. This is St. Clair, the hometown of Tim Holden, a Blue Dog Democrat who served in Congress from 1993 to 2013.   

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One of the most chaotic news cycles in an election season full of them is coming to an end this week with Democrats embracing their presidential nominee as a reassuring Mr. Rogers while the other side is casting him as the ringleader of a crime family.

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On Wednesday, The New York Post published what in ordinary times might have been considered a major journalistic scoop: a report on a trove of emails purporting to be from a laptop owned by Hunter Biden and raising questions about his Ukrainian business dealings -- and his father’s role in them. Among the emails was alleged evidence calling into question whether Joe Biden had been more involved in those dealings than he has previously acknowledged.

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PHOENIX -- Martha McSally seems relaxed – almost curiously so for a first-term appointed senator facing voters again after just two years on the job and trailing her opponent in every public poll conducted over the last month.

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Dr. Scott W. Atlas joined the president’s coronavirus task force in August, but after two months, he has yet to sit for a photo shoot or throw out a first pitch or inspire a single artisanal cocktail. No one has impersonated him on “Saturday Night Live” either, and there certainly isn’t any grassroots campaign to get him nominated as People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

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Critical race theory, or CRT, is in the news these days but many people still may not know what it really means. They think CRT is part of the Rev. Martin Luther King's civil rights efforts. In truth, it is directly opposed to the central concept and vision he most stood for. One of the last and greatest civil rights leaders of our time -- and one of King's closest friends and advisers -- did understand CRT, and explicitly rejected it. 

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Last time around, two angry old men argued for over an hour and a half in what was supposed to be a presidential debate but was widely dismissed as either a complete waste of time or a national disgrace. Expectations for the vice presidential debate were understandably higher.

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PITTSBURGH -- The crowds attending Joe Biden’s post-debate “whistle stop tour” in Ohio and Pennsylvania looked like the kind of voters Hillary Clinton attracted in this state when she campaigned here four years ago: predominantly white and middle-aged.