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The 2020 election sees US President Donald Trump make a re-election bid while Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate and former vice president, challenges him in the White House race. This year has been tumultuous, with issues of racism, police brutality, the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on economy, and ties with China dominating US politics. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has also catapulted the justice system into the limelight.

Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Horrific to see Capitol breach, this should never take place in a democracy — US envoy Juster

Outgoing US ambassador Kenneth Juster tells ThePrint's Shekhar Gupta in 'Off The Cuff' that the Capitol Hill breach is not America ‘at its best’, and he is hopeful US will bounce back.
Screengrab of a video showing the Indian national flag at the protest outside Capitol Hill in Washington DC | Twitter

‘Shameful, unfortunate’ — Tricolour amid Capitol Hill rioters draws sharp Twitter reactions

A video of Trump supporters outside Capitol Hill Wednesday shows someone waving the Indian flag amid the many American flags. 4 persons have died in the violence.
File image of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Pence hits breaking point with Trump in blessing Biden win

Though unfailingly loyal to Trump, Pence's defiance of president's demands to reject Electoral College votes is rooted in Constitution, which gives the vice president no such power.
Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, DC on 6 January | Photo: Eric Lee | Bloomberg

How US Capitol Police left open path for violence to take deadly turn

US Capitol Police's failure to prevent chaos is remarkable because local authorities were on high alert over the arrival of thousands of Trump supporters.

Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol, woman is shot dead before troops end chaos and rioting

The Secretary of the Army said 1,100 National Guard troops had been deploying to the Capitol to bolster local police and other forces.
US President Donald Trump

Why Trump’s phone call looking for votes is what a coup looks like

Donald Trump is so unspooled – and so unable to come to terms with losing – that he’s willing to try torching democracy to soothe himself.
US President Donald Trump | Tom Brenner | Bloomberg File Photo

How Trump has fractured his own party with bid to subvert election

Trump's call to Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has fueled the simmering feud among Republicans over objecting during the count of electoral college votes.
US President Donald Trump | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump’s call to find votes could end up as smoking gun of election fraud

Trump’s phone call pressing Georgia Secretary of State is likely to add to the pressure Joe Biden‘s Justice Department will face to pursue a prosecution of the current president.
Former US defence secretaries James Mattis and Mark Esper | Bloomberg

Don’t draw military into US polls — ex-defense chiefs call for ‘peaceful transition of power’

As Trump claims voter fraud in the presidential elections, there have also been calls in some circles to involve the military in overturning the results.
File photo of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham | Twitter/ @LindseyGrahamSC

More Republicans reject effort by party members to disrupt certification of Trump’s loss

GOP claims of voter fraud by Democrats continued even as Washington Post reported that Trump had called officials in Georgia to 'find enough votes' to flip the state to Trump.

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Biles’ Olympics withdrawal is an act of courage. Only Gen-Z will understand why

It's not easy to live in the shoes of a 24-year-old, who has been put under a microscope, judged and labelled from the get-go. But critics won't understand.
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.