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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Democrats and religion, Trump and QAnon

Politics | A political convention and a presidential press briefing leave more questions than answers
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/21/20, 03:13 pm

Democrats wrapped up their first virtual convention on Thursday night, after four days of mostly remote programming in the COVID-19 era. Republicans will follow a similar pattern next week.

Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted his party’s presidential nomination, promising to “overcome this season of darkness” in the country. Other speakers included Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrat who fills the Senate seat Biden once held in Delaware. Coons spoke of Biden’s faith, saying it “isn’t a prop or a political tool.” He said Biden, a Catholic, is “a man of prayer.”

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Undebatable showdown

Politics | Canceling presidential debates should be a non-starter, despite growing pressure
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/14/20, 09:57 am

During most election years, the month of August brings the unofficial end of summer and the unofficial beginning of American voters paying closer attention to the presidential elections. 

The next two weeks will have two big events: the start of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17 and the Republican National Convention on Aug. 24.

But perhaps the biggest event is slated for Sept. 29: the first presidential debate at Case Western University in Cleveland.

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Matters of the mind

Politics | Questions about mental fitness will likely be a fixture of the fall presidential campaign
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/13/20, 02:05 pm

When former Vice President Joe Biden released a three-page summary of his medical history in December, his ­doctor had declared him a “healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to execute the duties of the Presidency.”

Stuart Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois, studies presidential longevity. After reading the report, he told The Washington Post he thought Biden’s workout regimen was a good indicator of his physical stamina. He also noticed, “The only test that hasn’t been done is the cognitive functioning test.”

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