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Trump says he’ll leave if Electoral College seats Biden | National politics

As for the Electoral College, Trump made clear that he will likely never formally concede, even if he said he would leave the White House.

“It’s gonna be a very hard thing to concede. Because we know there was massive fraud,” he said, noting that, “time isn’t on our side.”

“If they do,” vote against him, Trump added, “they’ve made a mistake.”

Asked whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, Trump said he knew the answer but didn’t want to share it yet.

But there were some signs that Trump was coming to terms with his loss.

At one point he urged reporters not to allow Biden the credit for pending coronavirus vaccines. “Don’t let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than they’ve ever been pushed before,” he said.

As for whether or not he plans to formally declare his candidacy

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Education Secretary Pick: From Betsy DeVos to Union Boss? | Politics

The reason president-elect Joe Biden has for nominating as his education secretary the president or former president of one of the national teachers unions is as easy to understand as the reason he has for not doing that.

The next education secretary will have a monumental task at hand in getting more than 50 million children back in schools for in-person learning during a pandemic, and Biden needs someone with experience organizing and rallying millions, someone who already knows the mechanisms of Washington and the major players in Congress, as well as the state education chiefs and big-city superintendents.

Yet in a hyper-partisan political landscape, choosing a union boss risks sowing further division in the wake of the most divisive education secretary in the history of the Education Department – this from a president-elect who ran on the promise of restoring the soul of the nation and unifying the country

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Researchers’ Politics Don’t Undermine Their Scientific Results

Our need for credible science has never been more urgent. An extraordinary pandemic grips the world, racial tensions are surging, and political polarization is at historically high levels. Solving these social problems is a matter of life and death and the public needs to trust that scientists are trying to get it right.

Yet science has become politicized, and some worry that the liberal leanings of many academics biases research and makes it untrustworthy. In fact, an opinion article in the New York Times suggested that such liberal groupthink might help explain why scientific results sometimes don’t replicate.

The worry is that a politically homogenous group of scientists are prone to produce biased research and would overlook flawed results simply because the findings align with their own political worldview. With nobody to catch blind spots, such political bias could result in the publishing of shoddy science that is not replicable.

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Reese Witherspoon could go into a career in politics | People



Reese Witherspoon could go into a career in politics

Reese Witherspoon wouldn’t rule out a career in politics.

The ‘Big Little Lies’ star has said she’ll “never say never” to moving from a Hollywood career to one in political office in the future, but isn’t interested in changing career paths right now.

When asked if she has any political aspirations, she said: “I wouldn’t say never, because I don’t know where I’m going to be when I’m, you know, 65.”

And if Reese did follow a career in politics, she would love to use her platform to push for “better representation” for women and minority groups.

She added: “I think we need better representation and balance. Women are 50 per cent of the population, but we’re not 50 per cent of the representation in government, which is bizarre, particularly when they’re adjudicating over our bodies.

“And the lack of representation of people of color, who make up a large,

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Reese Witherspoon could go into a career in politics | Celebrity news



Reese Witherspoon could go into a career in politics

Reese Witherspoon wouldn’t rule out a career in politics.

The ‘Big Little Lies’ star has said she’ll “never say never” to moving from a Hollywood career to one in political office in the future, but isn’t interested in changing career paths right now.

When asked if she has any political aspirations, she said: “I wouldn’t say never, because I don’t know where I’m going to be when I’m, you know, 65.”

And if Reese did follow a career in politics, she would love to use her platform to push for “better representation” for women and minority groups.

She added: “I think we need better representation and balance. Women are 50 per cent of the population, but we’re not 50 per cent of the representation in government, which is bizarre, particularly when they’re adjudicating over our bodies.

“And the lack of representation of people of color, who make up a large,

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Politics Divides How Americans View Higher Education’s Response To The Pandemic

Americans are about equally divided in their opinions about whether colleges that reopened their campuses this fall for in-person attendance did the right thing. Half of those surveyed said those campuses made the right decision, and 48% indicated they didn’t, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The nation’s views on whether campus leaders made the right choice when bringing students back to campus are deeply divided along party lines. Among Republicans or people who lean Republican, 74% said in-person campuses had done the right thing, compared to just 29% percent of Democrats or individuals who lean Democratic saying the same.

The poll provides another piece of evidence suggesting how influential political forces have been in shaping colleges’ reopening plans. Other recent research revealed that campuses’ reopening decisions were linked to

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Beto O’Rourke slated to teach Texas politics at Texas State University in spring 2021

How amazing would it be to learn politics from a former presidential candidate?



Beto O'Rourke standing in front of a crowd: Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) speaks during a campaign rally on October 17, 2019 in Grand Prairie, Texas.


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Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) speaks during a campaign rally on October 17, 2019 in Grand Prairie, Texas.


Some Texas State University students in San Marcos should feel pretty lucky, because former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke will be joining the faculty in the spring.

The university confirmed to the University Star’s Ricardo Delgado that O’Rourke will be teaching Texas politics to students in 2021, pending finalization of his hiring.

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“He originally approached people in the administration… and expressed an interest in teaching,” Texas State Political Science Chair Ken Grasso said, as reported by Delgado. “I was thrilled. He’s got a unique take on things with

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Beto O’Rourke to teach state politics at Texas State University this spring

Political science students at Texas State University have a new instructor to look forward to this spring: Beto O’Rourke.

Motivated by a desire to reach young adults, the former U.S representative and presidential candidate will teach Texas politics at the San Marcos-based institution this spring, The University Star reported Thursday.

“He originally approached people in the administration… and expressed an interest in teaching,” political science department chair Ken Grasso told the publication. “I was thrilled. He’s got a unique take on things with his experience as a congressman and as [a] senatorial candidate and even a presidential candidate. So we’re very happy to have him.”

Grasso said O’Rourke’s arrival would no doubt raise the department’s visibility.

“That’s always a good thing,” he said. “We tend sometimes to get lost in the shadow of other institutions.”

Should the campus’ COVID-19 environment prove favorable in the spring, he added, O’Rourke could potentially

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