From Other Sources: News and Features For And About Amherst (#28)


Editor’s Note: “From Other Sources” offers links to selected articles that might be of interest to Amherst readers. We will continue to provide a daily rundown of pandemic news here.  I am starting to favor in these postings, with a few exceptions, material that is not hiding behind a pay wall. Hence, I have reduced my postings from journals like the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, which are doing some great reporting but which make their articles inaccessible without a subscription.  But on occasion, an article seems too important to not mention and in such cases I will post it, and leave it for the reader to decide whether to pay for access.

Editor’s Pick 
There is so much good writing out there that I sometimes fear that the volume of recommendations will dissuade the reader from pursuing any.  So I have started to feature with each edition of From Other Sources an Editor’s Pick – something that has struck me as a must read.  And this week, it is the only article that we will highlight. 

This week’s featured story by Barton Gellman IS a must read. It focuses on the Trump team’s legal strategy to have the election decided by the Supreme Court.  This is not a conspiracy theory.  Trump has been boasting for the better part of a week that the courts will decide the outcome of the November election. It Sounds like a plan for coup to me. (see also my opinion piece in this week’s Indy here

Check out Gellman’s chilling account. 

The Election That Could Break America by Barton Gellman (9/23/20).
There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They see the obvious signs that we all see, but they also know subtle things that most of us do not. Something dangerous has hove into view, and the nation is lurching into its path. (The Atlantic)

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