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Authoritarianism

  1. the national interest
    Lindsey Graham Implicates William Barr in Massive Scandal, on Live TelevisionBarr has “created a process” to let Trump’s private lawyer channel dirt to the DOJ?
  2. the national interest
    Now Trump Is Charging Nancy Pelosi With Fake Crimes, TooWhy Trump calls all his opponents criminals.
  3. the national interest
    Impeachment Exposed President Trump’s Authoritarian AmbitionsAnd the culpability of his party.
  4. the national interest
    Dershowitz: President Can Abuse Power If It Helps Get Them ReelectedThe most authoritarian defense yet comes from Trump’s “civil libertarian” lawyer.
  5. the national interest
    Now We Know What Would Have Happened If Joe McCarthy Became PresidentThe surprising thing is not McCarthy’s rise to power, but why it took so long for somebody to try the same thing again.
  6. the national interest
    Trump Lawyers Argue No President Can Be Impeached for Any Abuse of PowerThe White House legal team lays out a breathtaking constitutional theory.
  7. the national interest
    Barr Investigating Comey Again, Is Going After Trump’s Enemies One by OneThe pattern is selectively holding Trump foes to the highest standards, while sparing his allies.
  8. the national interest
    Trump, Who Actually Loves Dictators, Smears Democrats As Iran LoversTrump says anybody who opposes his war must approve of his target. But Trump actually does approve of dictators.
  9. the national interest
    Trump’s One Foreign-Policy Idea Is to Make America More Like Its EnemiesThe president is neither a hawk nor a dove, but an admirer of war criminals and torturers.
  10. the national interest
    Trump Covering Up Scheme to Use Justice Department to Punish CNNPresident helpfully reminds America the scandal is ongoing.
  11. william barr
    William Barr Embodies the Conservative Surrender to TrumpIn his taste for partisanship, authoritarianism, and a politicized conservative Christianity, the attorney general reflects many strains of Trumpism.
  12. authoritarianism
    Why Trump Vilifies Whistle-blowers and Venerates War CriminalsIn Trump’s authoritarian worldview, real heroes don’t let the rule of law constrain their viciousness toward enemies of the cause.
  13. the national interest
    President Trump’s Dream Is to Become America’s Viktor OrbánWhy the president and his supporters are following the Hungarian autocrat’s blueprint.
  14. the national interest
    In the End, Impeachment Was the Only ChoiceTrump claimed he has an “absolute right.” Congress had no choice but to label that unconstitutional.
  15. the national interest
    Barr: People Who Disrespect Police Should Lose Protection (Unless It’s Trump)Warning does not apply to criminal presidents.
  16. michael bloomberg
    In Appeal to Hard Left, Bloomberg Praises Chinese CommunismBloomberg argues that Xi is “not a dictator” in an ostensible bid to occupy the “neo-Stalinist” lane of the Democratic primary.
  17. the national interest
    Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is Trump’s Gravest Abuse of PowerThe most dangerous and authoritarian act is hiding in plain sight.
  18. the national interest
    GOP Leader Has One Chart Showing Why Republicans Hate DemocracyKevin McCarthy doesn’t understand the Constitution, also doesn’t care.
  19. norms
    Chanting ‘Lock Him Up’ at a Lawless President Is Good for DemocracyA crowd of ordinary Americans demanding their lawless president face legal sanctions is the opposite of authoritarian.
  20. the national interest
    Trump Writes Unhinged ‘Legal’ Letter Demanding That CNN Pay Him MoneyTrump’s authoritarian side and his toddler side are both on display here.
  21. authoritarianism
    Trump’s Lawless Wall and Callous Attacks on Puerto Rico Are ConnectedTrump’s campaign says of Democrats, “This country is ours, not theirs.” The president’s policies say the same.
  22. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: Biden Knows How to Make the Moral Case Against TrumpHe is doing it the right way — with feeling and a wounded sense of patriotism.
  23. politics
    Is There Hope for America After Trump?The Republic already looks like Rome in ruins.
  24. the national interest
    President Trump Says Only Trump Supporters Deserve Free Speech“To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad.” Uh, yes it is?
  25. josh hawley
    Josh Hawley Could Be the Face of the Post-Trump RightThe polished young Missouri senator thinks liberty is a vehicle for the righteous, not the godless.
  26. the national interest
    President Trump Meets Viktor Orbán, His Authoritarian ModelA meeting of minds between illiberal xenophobic demagogues.
  27. the national interest
    Trump’s War on Democracy: An UpdateDemocracy is still standing, but Trump is working harder than ever to change that.
  28. the national interest
    Conservatives Can’t Distinguish Between Democratic Reform and AuthoritarianismNo, Republicans, instituting a national popular vote and a majority-rule Senate is not tearing up the Constitution.
  29. the national interest
    Trump Again Threatens Violence If Democrats Don’t Support HimThe president’s authoritarian rhetoric has been so normalized it hardly registers when he openly advocates fascism.
  30. authoritarianism
    Trump’s National Emergency Is Off to a Bad StartLawsuits, protests, horrible polls — and we’re only four days in.
  31. authoritarianism
    Turkey Reportedly Seeks Arrest Warrant for Knicks Center Enes KanterKanter says he fears he’ll be extradited or even killed for criticizing Erdogan and backing Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric living in Pennsylvania.
  32. politics
    A National Emergency Declaration Could Give Trump Authoritarian PowersTrump may only be looking for a way to get his wall built, but he could soon discover that the declaration comes with all sorts of new powers.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. the national interest
    Conservatives Admire Brazil’s Strongman and Compare Him to Trump. Gulp.Is Jair Bolsonaro a preview of America’s future?
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. the national interest
    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.
  42. patriotism
    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.
  43. the national interest
    The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s BaseTed Cruz voters support Trump as much as Trump voters do.
  44. 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.
  45. the national interest
    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.”
  46. 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.
  47. the national interest
    The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under TrumpFootball, pardons, and the authoritarian nightmare.
  48. fair and balanced
    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.”
  49. the national interest
    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.
  50. the national interest
    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.
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