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George Washington wanted to use Thanksgiving as a way to hold the new country together in the face of forces that he knew could pull it apart, writes Valsania.

How the first presidentially proclaimed Thanksgiving was the Twitter of its time

Valsania, a professor of American history at the University of Turin, is writing a biography of George Washington.

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A modest proposal for taking partisanship out of the federal judiciary

Patton was the Democratic governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003 and has been chancellor of the University of Pikeville for seven years.

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President Trump's visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day was his first public appearance since losing re-election.

Trump administration hails most secure election ever, further undercutting him

The wall of official resistance to President Trump's defeat has started to crumble a bit.

A bipartisan collection of federal and state election officials, empaneled by the Trump administration itself, declared Thursday night that this year's election "was the most secure in American history." That statement flatly contradicts Trump's assertions, still being made without any credible evidence, that he's being robbed of a second term by vote fraud.

Earlier in the day, several prominent Republican voices urged the president to change course and accept his loss. They were as varied as Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, polling icon Karl Rove, the newspaper run by the family of megadonor Sheldon Adelson and the party's longest-serving senator, Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

By Friday afternoon, though, six full days had elapsed since election returns made clear that Joe Biden is president-elect — and Trump had neither said nor done anything to uphold one of the remaining unsullied and proud traditions of American democracy: Defeated incumbents right away recognize the will of the people, congratulate the winner and begin facilitating an orderly transfer of power.

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President Trump behaved like an autocrat, participating in the election as a fig leaf and discrediting it after losing, write the. authors.

Now there's an urgent opening to really make America great again

McHugh retired in 2012 after 11 years as a justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Marcuss is a retired partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and a former senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School. They are on the steering committee of Lawyers Defending American Democracy.

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