Jamie Dean

Jamie is national editor of WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously worked for the Charlotte World. Jamie has covered politics, disasters, religion, and more for WORLD. She resides in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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Less pugilism, more policy

Elections | A more bearable presidential debate kicks race into final stretch
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/23/20, 08:58 am

A clear winner emerged from the final presidential debate on Thursday night, and it wasn’t either candidate. 

This time, voters notched a win: In a far calmer debate than the first slugfest that left moderator Chris Wallace pleading for control, the candidates gave each other verbal breathing room and offered voters more glimpses of actual policy.

A few things helped.

Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News delivered a crisp and confident performance, asking clear questions and mostly keeping candidates on-topic.

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Watch and wait

Elections | Election night could provide a quick White House winner, or a flood of mail-in ballots and social division could delay results for weeks
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/22/20, 07:16 am

On Election Day morning, thousands of Philadelphia police officers will wake to 12-hour shifts and watch 21 police districts for any trouble brewing in the City of Brotherly Love. But they won’t get within 100 feet of a polling place. State law doesn’t allow officers on-site unless it’s an emergency.

It’s a provision to make sure voters don’t feel intimidated and a common practice among many police forces across the country. Some states allow an officer to drive an unmarked car near a polling place on patrol, but most voters won’t recognize them.

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No ordinary time

Supreme Court | Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination underscores the battles to come over Roe v. Wade and religious liberty
by Jamie Dean
Posted 10/08/20, 03:07 pm

The morning after President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the church bulletin at her Catholic parish in South Bend, Ind., bore the heading “The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.”

The phrase “ordinary time” refers to the period outside special seasons on the liturgical calendar, but the times on this Sunday felt far from ordinary. 

Nine months into a painfully tumultuous year, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before a contentious election jolted the nation—and the presidential race.

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