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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.”

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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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Conservative stunned Trump is allowing Giuliani to create more evidence against him

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Jennifer Rubin was appalled -- but not surprised -- that Donald Trump is turning a blind eye to the fact that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is overseas trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden despite the fact that the president is facing impeachment for exactly that abuse of power.

As Rubin puts it under a headline, "Trump creates evidence faster than the House can draft impeachment articles." Rubin first notes that the President has been conducting government business on unsecured lines, writing, "President Trump in the 2016 race made one argument against Hillary Clinton more than any other: Her sloppy handling of emails using a private server disqualified her from holding office. Someone that negligent with U.S. security could not be trusted."

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‘Awful new normal’: Anti-vaxxers have started physically confronting parents taking kids to get shots

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Anti-vaccination activists have taken a page from anti-abortion activists and have started standing outside clinics to physically confront people who are getting their children vaccinated.

NBC News reports that anti-vaxxers have decided that their online harassment and intimidation campaigns were not effective enough in dissuading parents from vaccinating their children, which is why they're now banking on face-to-face confrontations to get the job done.

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Why Trump’s plot to ‘investigate the investigators’ is going up in a puff of smoke

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For months, the names of Michael Horowitz and John Durham have figured in the pounding rhythms of right-wing media in which a heroically afflicted president faces down his perfidious enemies. A steady drumbeat of reports from Fox News, echoed by President Trump and Republican loyalists in Congress, proclaimed these two obscure Justice Department officials would get to the bottom of an alleged conspiracy against the Trump presidency.

They would, in Trump’s words, “investigate the investigators.” It was oh so promising.

“I will tell you this,” Trump blustered on October 25. “I think you’re going to see a lot of really bad things,” he said. “I leave it all up to the attorney general and I leave it all up to the people that are working with the attorney general who I don’t know. … I think you’ll see things that nobody would’ve believed.”

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