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The chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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With the election of Joe Biden to the presidency Europe gave a sigh of relief. But, for Russian President Vladimir Putin his man Donald Trump will soon be gone. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, a retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about the Russian leader's approach to the new president. (Part 1)

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The 2020 presidential election could be an inflection point for both parties as they look to the future. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jospeh Pika, James R. Soles professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, about the implications for the changing electorate.

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For many, Joe Biden is a national figure rising from the Senate and going onto to become President-Elect.  But for Delmarvans he a local guy who made good. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Joseph Pika, a James R. Soles professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, to take a look at the man himself. (Part 1)

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The election of Joe Biden to the presidency and the defeat of Donald Trump caused many Democrats to celebrate. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is expected to run for governor, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he hopes there will be more bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

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When the projected victory of Joe Biden was announced on Saturday crowds gathered across the country including in front of the White House. But, even as the celebrations disappeared eyes began to turn toward Capitol Hill and the Republicans in the Senate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about that outpouring and what the future may hold for the GOP. (Part 2)

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The results of the presidential election shows a nation divided with former Vice President Joe Biden now inching his way to victory with leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania. But, President Trump and his allies are already casting doubt on the electoral process itself. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salibury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin, Wicomico County Republican John Bartkovich and former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman on what the results mean for the nation.

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Over the last four years there have been attacks on the credibility of public institutions with allusions to the deep state and fake news. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the long histry of the growing public doubt. (Part 2)

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President Trump has cast doubt on the counting of the ballots in this year's election, sparking protests by his supporters across the country. Beyond the 2020 election one question is what impact does that have on the public trust for the electoral process. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about what this portends for the future. (Part 1)

No Blue Wave Election

Nov 4, 2020
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The nation still awaits the outcome of the presidential election with a number of states counting ballots in key areas that would could swing the election. But, one thing that did not emerge last night was a Blue wave that would sweep across the electoral map. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about what has become a Red-Blue divide.

An Inflection Election

Nov 3, 2020
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Win or lose this presidential election could be a political inflection point for the country. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the future of the two parties as they emerge from the voting.

Voters Go To The Polls

Nov 3, 2020
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Voters are going to the polls this morning to determine the fate of the nation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with voters as they cast their ballots at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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President Trump says that he is ready to get back out on the campaign trail and has decided not to not to participate in the second presidential debate since the decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates that it be virtual. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about someone who has had coronavirus breaking quarantine so soon. (part 2)

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House now says that the president is experiencing mild symptoms. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talks with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin and longtime Wicomico County Republican John Bartkovich about the news and its political implications.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week.  

Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 205,000 people nationwide.

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President Donald Trump has relied on his brand during his life time slapping his name on buildings across the world. But, since his ascension to the White House it has taken a hit with a number of buildings removing his name. Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander is author of a new book, "White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business." He tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that after his term in office Trump's brand will have been sharply diminished in the United States. (Part 3)

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The New York Times Trump tax revelations found that many of his proprties did not fair so well losing millions of dollars. Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander has written a new book,"White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about why there were so many failures. (part 2)

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With the latest revelations by the New York Times that President Trump paid virtually no federal income taxes over the last 15 years and has a mound of debt Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander author of a new book entitled, "White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business." (Part 1)

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The Republican National Convention is over. The president's acceptance speech from the White House capped off four days for the GOP to make its pitch. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush examines the convention with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin and John Barkovich, a local Republican and regular guest.

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As the nation celebrates July 4th, it finds iteself in the midst of a political crisis, a polarization of the parties and country. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that the fate of the Republican Party is uncertain since the rising of Trumpism. (Part 1)

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Protests have spread across the country to demonstrate against the death of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Kirkland Hall, a local activist and a member of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconcilation Commission, tells Delmarva Publc Radio's Don Rush about his angish but also his strong objection to the violence that has occurred during the protests.

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President Trump used his daily coronavirus briefing yesterday to defend his administration's slow reaction to the onset of the coronavirus. In the second part of our interview by Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush Bradford Kane, author of Pitchford Politics: Ten Political Forces that Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America, asesses the administration's track record.

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With the coronavirus pandemic Maryland Governor Larry Hogan moved quickly to stem the tide of the disease ordering stay home orders and closing down non-essential businesses. In part three of our discussion with Salisbury Mayor Jake Day we talk about his assessment of the state and national response to the virus.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Maryland are criticizing a history lesson at a public high school near Baltimore that compared President Donald Trump with Nazis and communists.

A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump with the words "Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall."

Underneath Trump is a picture of a swastika with the words "Been there," and another showing the flag of the Soviet Union with the words "Done that."  

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's a problem-solver who can rebuild America and beat the "existential threat" that is President Donald Trump.

The 77-year-old billionaire spoke Monday at his first public appearance in Norfolk since announcing his presidential bid.

Bloomberg warned that Trump has an even better chance of being reelected now than he did before. He told reporters that he "looked in the mirror and said, 'I just cannot let this happen.'"

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia GOP state senator says she won't caucus with her party anymore because of a leadership dispute.

Sen. Amanda Chase said in a recent statement that she does not support Sen. Tommy Norment's continued leadership of the caucus after Republicans lost control of the upper chamber earlier this month. Norment had led the caucus for several years and was recently picked by his Republican colleagues to continue doing so.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House of Delegates is poised to have the first female speaker in its 400-year history, with the chamber's Democrats choosing a veteran legislator for the post.

Democratic delegates for the upcoming session meeting on Saturday chose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County as their nominee.

Filler-Corn's election as speaker on the session's first day in January is anticipated because Democrats won this week a majority in the state House for the first time in two decades.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox says new blood is needed to lead Republicans after the GOP lost its two-decade old majority in the House of Delegates.

Cox said in a letter to fellow Republicans on Wednesday that he won't seek a leadership post when the caucus meets later this month.

Republicans are set to pick party leaders after Democrats took control of the House and Senate for the first time in more than two decades in Tuesday's legislative elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians are deciding which party should control the statehouse in a widely watched contest that will test how voters feel about President Donald Trump and his possible impeachment.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday in what's become a marquee warm up for the 2020 election cycle.

One of only four states having legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one with control of the statehouse up for grabs.

Republicans currently have a slim majority in both the state House and Senate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general is suing a real estate company once run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law for allegedly illegal and harmful rental practices, including rodent and vermin infestations.

Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Wednesday that his office's Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Westminster Management.

Frosh alleges tens of thousands of current and former residents were subjected to the alleged practices in Maryland.

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