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Senate Republicans appear poised to block a bipartisan investigation of the first non-peaceful transfer of executive power in modern American history. McConnell has found some procedural objections to hide behind, and it looks like the new narrative is that House Democrats were ‘too partisan’ for…. not coming to an agreement with the dude who said […]
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How to Get Away with Murder

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In 2020 Election
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On September 20, 2020
More than 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. If the United States was governed by a barely competent and vaguely public-spirited administration, the country might have suffered somewhere in the range of 20,000-40,000 deaths. The president, with the able assistance of his sociopathic son in law, has already – with no end in sight – […]
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The Very Short Walk of Shame

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In fascism
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On June 2, 2020
As my spouse pointed out this morning, it’s certainly eyebrow-raising that on the same day Trump initiated a phone call with Putin he also ordered Federal law enforcement to cosplay as OMON. Putting that aside, I want to underscore Scott’s point. Trump ordered a vicious, illegal, and unprovoked attack on peaceful demonstrators – and journalists […]

Budapest Dreams

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On March 30, 2020

So the Hungarian parliament just gave dictatorial power to everyone’s favorite example of democratic backsliding, Victor Orbán. Hungary’s parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the rig

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Tom Pepinski, who wrote a terrific post on the banality of life under soft authoritarian regimes, has a new piece entitled “If American Democracy Collapsed, You Almost Certainly Wouldn’t Notice It.” Democracy, in fact, makes it particularly challenging to know if democracy has collapsed. That is because when democracy functions, challenges to it are usually […]
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