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  1. authoritarianism
    Liberal Hyperbole About Trump’s Authoritarianism Was Never the ProblemThe stakes of semantic debates over Trump’s alleged “fascism” and “coup” are much lower than liberals or left-contrarians care to admit.
  2. the national interest
    A Disturbing Number of Republicans Support Trump’s Coup AttemptOpposing a coup that’s certain to fail ought to be easy.
  3. the national interest
    Why Trump and Republicans Are Plotting to Undermine Democracy“What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time?”
  4. the national interest
    Trump Wants to Steal the Election, But He’ll FailHe can’t stop the count.
  5. the national interest
    Trump: The U.S. Is Worse to Deal With Than Russia, China, or North KoreaThe president understands his true enemy: democracy.
  6. vision 2020
    Trump’s Voter-Suppression Strategy Is a Crisis (Even If It Backfires)Historic turnout doesn’t erase the threat posed by the GOP’s open contempt for the political rights of its opposition.
  7. the national interest
    Even If Trump Loses, Republicans’ Authoritarian Ambitions Will Live OnWhat an election can and can’t save.
  8. the national interest
    Trump’s Incompetence Does Not Excuse His AuthoritarianismThe plot against America will probably fail. But it might succeed.
  9. authoritarianism
    Mike Lee Opposes Democracy — But Supports Rule by ‘The People’Like other Republicans, Lee’s view on whether “government by the people” is desirable depends on who counts as “the people.”
  10. the national interest
    Republican Senator Blurts Out That He Hates DemocracyMike Lee loves Trump because they’re both authoritarian.
  11. vision 2020
    ‘Classic Authoritarian’: How Historians Rate Trump’s Danger to DemocracyYou’re not paranoid to think the U.S. is headed for disaster, according to the people who study how democracies die.
  12. the national interest
    Trump’s Threats of Bloodshed Are Off Message, Republicans WorryEvery time Trump says he’s an authoritarian, it just feeds into the baseless liberal paranoia that he’s some kind of “authoritarian.”
  13. the national interest
    Trump Says Reporters Covering Protests Deserve to Be Attacked“They threw him aside like a bag of popcorn.”
  14. the national interest
    Trump, Orbán, and Putin Are Forming an Authoritarian AllianceWhen you’re a tsar, they let you do it.
  15. politics
    Trump Announces a ‘National Commission to Support Patriotic Education’In announcing his intention for the authoritarian measure, Trump claimed that teaching “critical race theory” to students was “a form of child abuse.”
  16. the national interest
    William Barr Lays Out Terrifying Theory for Corrupting Justice DepartmentThe law is whatever Barr says it is.
  17. authoritarianism
    It Is Not Undemocratic to Call Trump’s Presidency ‘Illegitimate’Fear of Trump’s authoritarianism isn’t hysteria, and disputing the legitimacy of his rule isn’t anti-democratic.
  18. the national interest
    William Barr Not Sure If Trump’s Plan for His Supporters to Vote Twice Is LegalAttorney general appears unfamiliar with the law.
  19. authoritarianism
    Many GOP Voters Value America’s Whiteness More Than Its DemocracyA new study found that anti-democratic sentiments have broad support among GOP voters — especially those who resent nonwhites’ political power.
  20. the national interest
    Trump’s Reelection Campaign Is Corrupting the Entire Federal GovernmentFive recent stories all suggest the same giant scandal.
  21. empires
    Trump’s Authoritarian Theater Was Just for Show, Until It Wasn’tThe presence of federal forces in Portland marks, for the president, a political strategy ripe for replication anytime he faces the will of voters.
  22. the national interest
    Trump Can’t Stop the Election, But He Can Threaten DemocracyWhen Joe Biden predicted Trump would try this, Republicans laughed.
  23. the national interest
    Trump Commits Two More Impeachable Offenses This Week AloneHe doesn’t seem chastened.
  24. the national interest
    Barr Trying to Purge the Last Prosecutor Who Can Still Investigate TrumpThe window on Trump having to follow the law is closing fast.
  25. the national interest
    Trump’s Top General Mark Milley Admits Error in Attack on ProtestersThe security Establishment continues to defect from Trump.
  26. the national interest
    Trump Has Gone Full AuthoritarianHis first term reaches a violent crescendo.
  27. the national interest
    Trump Goes Full Authoritarian on the George Floyd ProtestsTrump talks to Putin, then says other countries are laughing at us for being weak.
  28. the national interest
    No, Kellyanne Conway, Voting Rights Are Not Like Cupcakes“They wait in line for an hour at Georgetown Cupcake,” so they can do it to vote, says Trump adviser.
  29. the national interest
    Trump Threatens to Close Down Social Media for Challenging His LiesThe president isn’t pretending to have any neutral principles. He wants to control all media.
  30. the national interest
    Trump Is Failing at Governing But Winning at AuthoritarianismTerrible management and effective corruption can go hand in hand.
  31. the national interest
    William Barr Wants to Lock Up Trump’s Deep State Enemies, But Not Joe BidenThe AG triangulates between Trump and Robert Mueller.
  32. the national interest
    ‘Obamagate’ Is Trump’s Name for the Crimes He’s Trying to Commit HimselfObama was very hesitant to weaponize law enforcement and intelligence. Trump, uh, isn’t.
  33. the national interest
    Trump’s Entire Coronavirus Response Is Massive Political CorruptionPutting his name on relief checks is just the most visible element.
  34. the national interest
    Trump Claims Unconstitutional Power to Overrule State Stay-at-Home OrdersTrump claims he has authoritarian powers, dismisses legal right of state governments to handle police power.
  35. the national interest
    Trump: Absentee Voting Is Fraud Unless It’s My SupportersRepublicans will use the coronavirus to suppress the vote, unless Democrats stop them right now.
  36. the national interest
    Trump in 2nd Day of Meltdown Over Government Report on Hospital ShortagesPresident rages over survey showing doctors and nurses lack protective equipment, can’t get coronavirus test results.
  37. the national interest
    The Next Coronavirus Bill Is Democrats’ Last Chance to Ensure a Fair ElectionThe travesty in Wisconsin is a preview of what is to come unless Democrats insist on a fair election.
  38. conservatism
    No, Theocracy and Progressivism Aren’t Equally AuthoritarianA Harvard Law professor called for turning the U.S. into a Catholic theocracy. Conservatives offered an interesting defense.
  39. the national interest
    Bernie Sanders Is Not a CommunistDebunking a smear.
  40. the national interest
    Trump Officials Scared to Anger Trump If They Tell the Truth About CoronavirusPresident lets it be known he sees honest medical information as a political threat.
  41. the national interest
    Trump Says Sotomayor, Ginsburg Have No Right to Judge His CasesSpurious demands for recusal before the court decides if he can hide his financial information forever.
  42. authoritarianism
    President Trump Has Never Been More Dangerous Than He Is NowIn the aftermath of impeachment, Trump’s poll numbers have been rising in tandem with his assaults on democracy.
  43. the national interest
    Barr Wants to Hide Trump’s Authoritarian Plans, But Trump Keeps ConfessingA president uninterested in theory never stops asserting his “absolute right” to destroy democracy.
  44. the national interest
    Trump Congratulates William Barr for Eliminating Justice Department IndependenceThe Roy Cohn–ization of federal law enforcement is complete.
  45. the national interest
    Trump Fires Defense Official for Refusing to Break the Law on His BehalfTrump’s assault on the rule of law is accelerating over the last 24 hours.
  46. 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?
  47. the national interest
    Now Trump Is Charging Nancy Pelosi With Fake Crimes, TooWhy Trump calls all his opponents criminals.
  48. the national interest
    Impeachment Exposed President Trump’s Authoritarian AmbitionsAnd the culpability of his party.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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