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Authoritarianism expert warns we’re already in a ‘Constitutional crisis’

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Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud. This new revelation in their cases leads authoritarianism expert, Sarah Kendzior, to suggest that America is in a “Constitutional crisis.”

“We have a constitutional crisis. Trump is an existential threat,” she tweeted. “Every now and again — Helsinki, Charlottesville, Comey firing, migrant kidnapping — officials seem to finally grasp this. Today is such a day. But it was always true, and will remain true — unless the GOP impeaches.”

Kendzior then asserted that people knew Manafort and Cohen were guilty all along but gave them the “benefit of the doubt.”

“It was always as bad as it seemed,” Kendzior wrote. “The evidence was always available. Often the criminals flaunted their crimes: they wanted us to know, and to be powerless. Meanwhile, fools played along. They gave the benefit of the doubt to people who deserve it less than anyone on earth.”

 

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down wheelie-popping black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a black teenager, struck his bicycle and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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