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  1. 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.
  2. the national interest
    Trump Can’t Stop the Election, But He Can Threaten DemocracyWhen Joe Biden predicted Trump would try this, Republicans laughed.
  3. the national interest
    Trump Commits Two More Impeachable Offenses This Week AloneHe doesn’t seem chastened.
  4. 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.
  5. the national interest
    Trump’s Top General Mark Milley Admits Error in Attack on ProtestersThe security Establishment continues to defect from Trump.
  6. the national interest
    Trump Has Gone Full AuthoritarianHis first term reaches a violent crescendo.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. the national interest
    Trump Is Failing at Governing But Winning at AuthoritarianismTerrible management and effective corruption can go hand in hand.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. the national interest
    Trump’s Entire Coronavirus Response Is Massive Political CorruptionPutting his name on relief checks is just the most visible element.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. the national interest
    Bernie Sanders Is Not a CommunistDebunking a smear.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. the national interest
    Trump Congratulates William Barr for Eliminating Justice Department IndependenceThe Roy Cohn–ization of federal law enforcement is complete.
  25. 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.
  26. 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?
  27. the national interest
    Now Trump Is Charging Nancy Pelosi With Fake Crimes, TooWhy Trump calls all his opponents criminals.
  28. the national interest
    Impeachment Exposed President Trump’s Authoritarian AmbitionsAnd the culpability of his party.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. the national interest
    Trump Covering Up Scheme to Use Justice Department to Punish CNNPresident helpfully reminds America the scandal is ongoing.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. the national interest
    Barr: People Who Disrespect Police Should Lose Protection (Unless It’s Trump)Warning does not apply to criminal presidents.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. the national interest
    GOP Leader Has One Chart Showing Why Republicans Hate DemocracyKevin McCarthy doesn’t understand the Constitution, also doesn’t care.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. politics
    Is There Hope for America After Trump?The Republic already looks like Rome in ruins.
  49. 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?
  50. 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.
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