Tuesday, December 19, 2000

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  • Electoral College Vote for Bush Sparks Protests

    It’s official. The Electoral College voted yesterday to make George W. Bush the President Select of the United States. Although Bush pledged to salve wounds, protesters around the country are making it clear that they consider Bush’s presidency to be illegitimate. They charge that Bush would not have won without a systematic disenfranchisement of African American and Latinos in Florida, the state that put the Republican candidate over the top.

  • Faithless Delegates and Flawed Elections

    One Electoral College member was faithful to her constituency and her conscience by becoming a faithless delegate. Although her vote was supposed to go to Gore, Barbara Lett-Simmons of the District of Columbia, left her ballot blank to protest the fact that the majority black district has no vote in congress.

  • When a General Runs the State Department

    Two of Bush’s earliest choices for key posts have close connections to the Pentagon. Vice President Select Cheney is a former secretary of defense. Bush also tapped General Colin Powell to be secretary of state, a department that has traditionally functioned as a civilian counter to the military.

  • Powell and Bush Re-Ignite Star Wars

    In Colin Powell’s first statement after Bush tapped him for secretary of state, the general left no doubt that the Bush administration will aggressively pursue a "national missile defense" system.

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