Apocalypse Parade Marches on America

Hurricane Sally has just pummeled the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. Though it landed as "only" a Category 2, what made it disastrous was its slow crawl, drowning Gulf of Mexico communities in Book of Genesis-type flooding. Hurricanes these days have slowed down, science says, as temperatures warm. Science also says that climate change helps feed the fiery apocalypse now tormenting California, Oregon and Washington. Asked about this when visiting the region, President Donald Trump responded, "I don't think science knows." I happen to believe that Trump somewhat...

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Stop Talking About Doomsday Scenarios for Election Night

All this agonizing over what may happen if President Donald Trump tries to steal the election is highly annoying. It normalizes the idea that pure aggression can so easily steamroll the democratic process. Here are healthier assumptions for those who value a fair election: If Trump loses, he leaves the White House on Jan. 20, 2021. If, heaven forfend, he wins, then he stays. If, by evening on Election Day, there is no obvious winner -- mail-in ballots still need to be counted -- then we wait until the mail ballots are counted. If, by bedtime in the Central time zone, Trump leads in-person...

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