Russian Support for Trump’s Re‑Election Detailed in Intel Report | The Bulwark

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How many times does it need to be said? What Donald Trump incessantly called the “Russia hoax” was not a hoax at all.

In the 2016 election, the evidence—a wealth of it—proved Moscow worked assiduously to denigrate the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and promote the candidacy of Donald Trump. The Mueller Report laid it all out, chapter and verse. Though Trump and his supporters continue to this day to deny it, Russian intelligence attempted to manipulate American public opinion through the use of materials it had hacked from the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee. And the Trump campaign, for its part, though never getting caught directly coordinating with Moscow, on numerous occasions both covertly and openly welcomed Moscow’s help. “Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump famously said, “I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”

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Liar, Liar, First Amendment on Fire | American Purpose

Should it be a crime to lie? Though the First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” Congress does exactly that in a number of realms. Think perjury. Think false advertising. Think stock market manipulation. Think national security secrecy. With Big Lies now poisoning the body politic, and technology circulating those lies at ever greater velocity, perhaps it is time for more false speech to be forbidden.

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Patriotism’s Reclamation Project | American Purpose

One of many disgusting images to surface in the last four years is of Donald Trump on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference kissing and caressing an American flag, saying, “I love you baby.” Among his other dubious and unintended accomplishments, over the course of his tenure in office our flag-fondling 45th President went a considerable distance in turning patriotism into a dirty word.

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Plumbing the Allure of Authoritarianism | The American Interest

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic set in, liberal democracies were under threat from within. Now that death has taken so many, what is next? Numerous voices have been offering analysis and predictions. The latest to weigh in is Anne Applebaum, the distinguished historian and equally distinguished chronicler of current events. A member of the editorial board here at The American Interest, she has written a slender volume that illuminates some startling aspects of the present moment.

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Trump & Sanders drove me to become a Democrat | USA Today

For many years I’ve loathed the Democratic Party. I still do. But I recently registered as a Democrat myself. Now that the Democratic nomination contest is on the verge of crystallizing, it is a critical moment for Republicans and ex-Republicans to join me in my seemingly incongruous act.

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In Hoffa’s Shadow: The Real Irishman | American Interest

IIn Hoffa’s Shadow, Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School, tells the flabbergasting story of his relationship with his father—actually, his stepfather—who was a close associate of various mobsters and of Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa, and who was long believed by law enforcement to have been involved in Hoffa’s murder and disappearance in 1975.

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Sanders has a bizarre radical past that Trump and Republicans would use to destroy him | USA Today

The Iowa Democratic caucuses might have ended in fiasco, but they did produce two winners: Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. The senator from Vermont could well triumph in this week’s New Hampshire primary and, with his fiercely loyal activist base and fundraising advantage, many analysts believe he is the Democrat best positioned to win his party’s nomination. Yet unless one is rooting for a second term for President Donald Trump, that would be a political disaster of the first magnitude.

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Blocking Bolton’s Book | American Interest

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is drawing to an ignominious end without hearing from any first-hand witnesses. Preeminent among those not heard is John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, who had indicated a willingness to testify under oath if subpoenaed. Bolton has also written a memoir of his tenure in office, provocatively titled The Room Where It Happened, and scheduled to go on sale on March 17. 

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The New Rotten Normal | American Interest

Whatever happens with impeachment, if the Democrats do not make a hash of the elections, in less than a year Donald Trump will depart from the White House for good. Can things snap back to normal? Will Trump’s presidency be seen as an unfortunate aberration, or will the chaos, the lying, and the depravity continue? No question is more important for the future of American democracy. One place to look for answers is in the nature of the presidency itself. Has Trump’s unique brand of politics altered the institution in irreversible ways?

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The Demagogic Personality | American Interest

What is the nature of the hold that demagogues and destructive charismatic personalities have on the masses? The question is of perennial interest and has been examined by historians, political scientists, social psychologists, and students of cults. No one answer can ever explain any complex social phenomenon, but in thinking about this question today it is perhaps fruitful to look at demagogic leaders from the past and take note of some of their distinguishing qualities.

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