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MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Common Pleas Court Judge John Capuzzi issued a scathing opinion Wednesday denying with prejudice two petitions that sought to sanction the Delaware County Board of Elections with fines and prison time, and enjoin U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5 of Swarthmore, from executing the duties of her office.

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“You’re trying to teach future presidents that there is, in fact, a line,” said Lane Crothers, a professor of politics and government at ISU. “When you’ve had a president who has been so active in breaking norms, and so happy or so willing to transgress norms, eventually you need to continually state, ‘This is the kind of stuff that’s going to get you impeached,’ even if it doesn’t get you convicted.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory early Thursday morning, Jan. 7 while fears of a repeat of the violence seen at the Capitol the day before are leading to increased security for next week’s swearing in.

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ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday that President Donald Trump incited an “insurrection” on Wednesday when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and Congress was locked down as it was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

When Sen. Josh Hawley announced he would raise an objection during the Electoral College count certification on Wednesday, the Missouri Republican justified it in part by noting Democrats had lodged similar protests. “Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity,” he said. “They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”

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If Bill Gates, Barack Obama, NPR, Amazon and big and small publications can name their best books of 2020, so can I. Everyone in the Biden administration and Congress -- and you, too -- should read these two: Fareed Zakaria’s “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” and Robert Putnam’s “The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.”