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  1. the national interest
    White House Briefings Are Democracy Theater. That’s Why Trump Is Clamping Down.The symbolism of the White House briefing is important to democracy. Trump hates it for that reason.
  2. the national interest
    Trump Has Found His Roy Cohn in Matt Whitaker. The Rule of Law Is Under Attack.Trump and Whitaker are completely transparent about their plan to corrupt the Department of Justice.
  3. the national interest
    Trump Isn’t Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose. He Just Told Us.Trump believes the threat of bombs and bullets can force his critics to bend the knee.
  4. the national interest
    Conservatives Admire Brazil’s Strongman and Compare Him to Trump. Gulp.Is Jair Bolsonaro a preview of America’s future?
  5. the national interest
    The Problem Isn’t Incivility. It’s Trump’s Belief the Media Can’t Criticize Him.The president has always believed reporters should uncritically transmit his lies.
  6. the national interest
    Calling Democrats the ‘Angry Mob’ is Trump’s Biggest Lie YetAuthoritarians inspire fearful responses, and use that to justify their assault on democracy.
  7. campus controversies
    Colleges Don’t Need More Republican ProfessorsUniversities can have ideological diversity without employing apologists for a plutocratic party that cultivates racism and demonizes intellectuals.
  8. authoritarianism
    Trump: New York Times Must Turn Op-ed Writer ‘Over to the Government at Once!’The president rebuts an anonymous staffer’s claim that he has “anti-democratic instincts” by ordering a newspaper to arrest said staffer.
  9. Trump’s War on Democracy Will Be Held in the Department of JusticeThe generalized debate about Trump’s authoritarianism has settled on a specific question.
  10. Ingraham Another Super-Patriot Who Doesn’t Actually Like AmericaIngraham is just the latest conservative opinion leader who waves flags constantly but seems to intensely dislike her actual country and its people.
  11. The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s BaseTed Cruz voters support Trump as much as Trump voters do.
  12. the national interest
    Trump Compares His Propaganda to North Korea’s at Bizarre South Carolina RallyTrump‘s Kim Jong-un envy is a real thing.
  13. Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff“He’s the head of the country, and I mean he’s the strong head. He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same.”
  14. Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for DemocracyThe White House’s cinematic pitch to Kim Jong-un doesn’t just exalt a murderous tyrant — it denigrates ordinary Americans and North Koreans alike.
  15. The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under TrumpFootball, pardons, and the authoritarian nightmare.
  16. Fox & Friends Host Calls Trump a ‘Dictator’The anchor momentarily referred to the authoritarian-curious Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “the two dictators.”
  17. Giuliani’s FBI ‘Stormtroopers’ Smear Is the Key to Trump’s Authoritarian MindsetHow Republicans can both fear the law as an instrument of terror while coveting it for the same purpose.
  18. In Bonkers Interview, Trump Threatens to Seize Control of Justice DepartmentUnhinged rant ends with President Trump saying “at some point” he will use government to prosecute enemies, protect friends.
  19. the national interest
    Milton Friedman Predicted Socialism Would Kill Democracy. Instead, Trump Is.Freedom of the press hangs on Jeff Bezos’s conscience. This isn’t how democracy is supposed to work.
  20. The Final Surrender of Anti-Trump ConservatismCompetence and honesty don’t matter to conservatives. Fealty to conservatism is their only standard to judge a president.
  21. Donald Trump Has Never Been More Dangerous Than He Is NowTrump has decided to start governing on instinct — and his instinct is for undermining the rule of law and poisoning diplomacy with North Korea.
  22. authoritarianism
    Trump Jokes About Staying in Power IndefinitelyBut he also praised China’s president for his hard-fought dictatorship, because Trump loves authoritarians and their power-grabs.
  23. Conservatives and the Cult of TrumpThe fears of an American Perón gave way to appreciation for an American Pinochet.
  24. Trump Calls Democrats ‘Treasonous’ for Failing to Applaud HimPlease clap. Or next time I might not say ‘please.’
  25. Trump Keeps Throwing Tantrums When He Remembers He Isn’t a DictatorNew reports suggest that whenever the Justice Department reminds Trump that it is not his private detective service, he flips out.
  26. Trump’s Favorite World Leaders Are All Male DictatorsThe American president demands British prime minister stop protests and media criticism.
  27. Democracy Survived a Year of Trump, But the Fight’s Not OverIs Trump too hapless to be an authoritarian?
  28. These Are the Stories That Make Trump Want to Change Libel LawsAccusations of sexual assault, an official insulting his intelligence, and Fire and Fury have all made Trump question current U.S. libel law.
  29. Republicans Are Weaponizing Law Enforcement Against Trump’s EnemiesHillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and now Christopher Steele are being harassed with dubious charges.
  30. the national interest
    2018 Will Be a Fight to Save Democracy From Trump“Next year will bring ‘full Trump,’” a source warns. Be ready.
  31. How the GOP’s Contempt for Democracy Will Pass Trump’s Tax CutsPaul Ryan has not abandoned his principles to support Trump. He is fulfilling them.
  32. The GOP Keeps Admitting Its Economic Theory Is Incompatible With DemocracyRepublicans say that their tax cuts will only work if businesses can be certain that they will never be repealed.
  33. The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on the Rule of Law Is Actually GoodIn blocking the AT&T–Time Warner merger, the Justice Department appears to be doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.
  34. Trump: FBI Must Arrest My Political Enemies (for Things That Aren’t Crimes)“The saddest thing is that because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department.”
  35. ‘Sheriff Joe’ and Everyday American AuthoritarianismTo see what racist tyranny would look like in the U.S., liberals don’t need to look into Europe’s history — only deeper into this country’s present.
  36. What Does It Say That Half the GOP Base Would Support Trump’s Authoritarianism?Why a shocking poll tells us a lot about the state of the party.
  37. How Trump Can Make His Authoritarian Fantasies Real, UpdatedIn one all-too-easy step, the president could free himself from the Russia investigation.
  38. Trump Commerce Secretary Impressed by Lack of Protests in Despotic Petro KingdomWilbur Ross gushes over Saudi Arabia’s ability to suppress dissent.
  39. Trump Extorted Insurers to Make Them Support Health-Care BillRussian-style kapitalism comes to America.
  40. Trump Nominates Actual Fascist David Clarke for Department of Homeland SecurityThe violent authoritarian mind of Trump’s most radical and disturbing nominee.
  41. Trump Is Trying to Control the FBI. It’s Time to Freak Out.Trying to quash the Russia probe, demanding loyalty from the FBI director – this is the authoritarian threat.
  42. Donald Trump, PseudoauthoritarianAssessing the not-so-great dictator one month into his tenure.
  43. Don’t Forget George W. Bush Had Authoritarian Tendencies, Too.After 9/11, Bush claimed imperial powers. The same forces that reined him in — including an energized opposition — may be needed soon.
  44. Trump’s Authoritarian Approach to Managing Public OpinionHe is quite literally saying he is the only legitimate source of information on what the American people want.
  45. Trump Just Declared the ‘Court System’ a Threat to National SecurityNot content to attack individual judges and judicial decisions, the president is now disparaging the “court system” itself.
  46. The Radical Unpredictability of Donald TrumpAs everyone tries to get a fix on what his administration will be like, the most terrifying possibility is that it will follow no pattern at all.
  47. Trumpistan Week One: The Unthinkable Slowly Becomes NormalSteps down the long road to Putin’s America.
  48. Trump Is Back on Message — and That Message Is As Vile As It’s Ever BeenTrump ends his campaign by casting Somali refugees in Minnesota — and Latino voters in Nevada — as America’s true enemies.
  49. bad science
    Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error About ‘Psychoticism’“This guy comes up — and I didn’t even recognize him at the time — and says, You tried to destroy my dissertation and I’m going to get you.