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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign appearance in Pittsburgh, Pa., August 31, 2020. (Alan Freed/Reuters)
Joe Biden should reform U.S. secrecy practices.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ur ponderous national system of “classified information” was built by presidents — and a president can take it apart, too.

Is Joe Biden the man for the job? Probably not: He is unimaginative and risk-averse. But if he were looking for a way to make a major mark on both domestic and foreign policy without having to fight a war against Bashar al-Assad or Mitch McConnell, reforming official secrecy would be a good place to start.

He’ll have to begin by doing something difficult for a Democrat of his age: facing the facts about some beloved predecessors, including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman,

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