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John Kennedy (left) and Ted Cruz are among the dozen Republican senators planning to contest the certification of electoral votes.

Democracy or Trump? Republicans face a career-defining vote.

Republicans in Congress, the preferred voices of almost exactly half of a riven nation, have only 48 hours until they must make one of the most consequential choices of a fractious time — between upholding constitutional democracy or declaring the American electoral system a sham.

The Constitution will almost certainly survive, no matter how many vote Wednesday to overturn the presidential election. But the already fragile faith of the people in their republic will remain under unprecedented assault, commanded by a sitting president and fueled by the dozens of senators and House members who decide to prioritize the potential political risk from crossing him over their sworn fealty to the rule of law.

Long after the special session of Congress to count the electoral votes is over, with the lawful and decisive election of Joe Biden finalized once GOP senators and House members cast their lots for history, no other aspect of American democracy's dysfunction will matter nearly as much.

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The newest justice, Amy Coneey Barrett, joined a Supreme Court that is inherently undemocratic, writes Scofield.

New year, time for new thinking about the undemocratic nature of the high court

Scofield has a doctorate in comparative constitutional law and teaches government at Blinn College in Texas.

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The Supreme Court will hear a census case Monday.

A democracy designed for a diverse country faces its latest test

Smith is the vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit focused on bolstering voting rights and curbing money's influence on politics.

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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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