"We’re still waiting. The worst presidential debate in American history is still ringing in our ears, and we’re still waiting for the president of the United States to do something as simple as condemn white supremacy, and he still hasn’t done it," writes Leonard Greene. "Not on stage. Not in a statement. Not even in a tweet."
"Some political debates have highlights. The first presidential debate this year had only lowlights. Joe Biden called President Donald Trump 'a clown.' Trump said Biden wasn’t smart. Biden said Trump 'has been a fool,'” writes Ramesh Ponnuru. "And on it went, in what must have been the nastiest presidential debate in U.S. history. The most common word in the transcript will be '(crosstalk).'”
"As President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell move to confirm Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, progressive Democrats are increasingly talking about packing the Supreme Court in retaliation — increasing the size of the court and adding new, liberal justices to the bench," writes Noah Feldman. "At a minimum, the idea rests on the heroic assumption that Democrats will win the presidency and both houses of Congress. But that’s not all. History demonstrates the grave difficulty of successfully mustering even majority-party support to add new Supreme Court seats."
"President Donald Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden’s mental state are cruel, unsubstantiated and detestable," writes Nicholas Goldberg. "But they’re also effective. With the president pounding the dementia message into voters’ heads steadily for months, it’s no surprise that many Democrats and independents are now secretly worried about what will happen when the two presidential candidates finally meet in person at Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland."
"We’ve all heard the analysis: If only Black voters had turned out in the same numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton that they did for Barack Obama, we wouldn’t have Donald Trump today. The razor-thin margins for Trump in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania would have turned into razor-thin margins for Clinton, and that would have been it," writes Earl Ofari Hutchinson. "So, yes, Black voters were certainly important in 2016, and they’re going to be crucially important this year, too. But will they turn out? This is far from certain."
"A healthy conscience is a feature — or is it a bug? — of a normal human psyche. It has the pesky capacity to tell us when we’re doing the wrong thing, even in the face of the rationalizations that we produce to justify ourselves," writes John M. Crisp. "But a conscience is a fragile thing. Ignore its advice too frequently and it has trouble making itself heard. In fact, it made hardly a peep among Republican leaders last week after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
"Police burst into Breonna Taylor’s home in the middle of the night and killed her, though she had done nothing wrong. Lots of people are emotional about that. They have a right to be," writes Dahleen Glanton. "Nearly everyone agrees that her death was tragic. However, some don’t understand that it was also criminal. The officers responsible should have been indicted. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron would have us believe that he had no choice but allow her killers to walk free."
"I am a Muslim immigrant to America. Growing up in Pakistan, I saw the United States as the moral and ethical high ground where human dignity and national interests were held above partisan politics. However, I am wondering if that may be changing," writes Khuram Ghumman. "We must ask ourselves: Am I honest? Have I ever told a lie? The answer is likely yes, if we are honest to ourselves. We have all told small lies at some point in our lives, while not even recognizing that these are lies. This is a result of ethical fading."
"Here is a paradox. It is pretty easy to predict the voting patterns of new Supreme Court justices," writes Cass R. Sunstein. "But it can be exceedingly difficult to predict the votes of justices in specific cases, which means that it can be difficult as well to predict how those cases are going to be decided."
"Is the relationship between President Donald Trump and farm country starting to go bad?" writes Adam Minter. "At first glance, things have never been better. According to recent data, net farm income will hit $103 billion this year, a whopping 23% increase over 2019. The problem is that most of that bounty isn’t due to anything produced down on the farm. Instead, more than one-third of it came from direct federal aid, a 65% boost over last year. Without those funds, farm income would be at its lowest since 2014. This hasn’t been lost on the president."