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Russian dissident Gary Kasparov lays out ‘doomsday scenario’ for American democracy — and it’s closer than you think

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Legendary chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov warned that a “doomsday scenario” for American democracy was close at hand.

The political activist and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss what he sees as the U.S. sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.

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“Anything other than landslide victory for Democratic ticket may lead to this, lead up to this kind can of catastrophe, this doomsday scenario,” Kasparov said. “I think if Trump has one chance of staying in power by violating, if not the laws, but some kind of traditions and just finding the loopholes and, sadly, there are too many in the current regulations, he will definitely use it.”

Kasparov warned that Trump could exploit existing divisions to finalize his authoritarian grip on the White House, which he said would be a gift to Russian president Vladimir Putin and other autocratic rulers.

“The country being divided, fighting against each other, there’s a dream not only for Putin but every authoritarian regime in the world,” he said. “So that’s why giving Trump any chance of surviving politically and staying in power would be disastrous for America. Of course, it will lead to the collapse of the alliances like NATO and many American allies. Traditional allies in the world will have to think again so how they should position themselves, and every country that’s stuck in the middle will have to make, cut deals with the authoritarian regimes to survive.”


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Health care group sponsoring South Dakota indoor country music festival that doesn’t require masks: report

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that South Dakota is poised to hold an indoor country music festival that won't require face masks and has not yet confirmed whether they will require social distancing — and it's being sponsored by a local nonprofit health care organization.

"Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is presenting the Oct. 24 event in conjunction with the state’s governor, Kristi Noem," reported Michael Daly. "She endorsed the Sturgis motorcycle rally last month, where nearly half a million people gathered, largely without masks or social distancing, for 10 days before returning home, which a report by a team of economists with the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies at San Diego State University estimates to have resulted in more than 260,000 COVID-19 cases. She will now be hosting the annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt, which this year will include a musical event."

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Top Mueller deputy reveals why he chickened out of forcing Donald Trump Jr. to testify

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One of the mysteries left in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was why Donald Trump Jr., who infamously met with Russian agents to discuss the hacking of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails, was never forced to testify.

Andrew Weissmann, who served as one of Mueller's top deputies during the probe, has now given an answer.

In an excerpt of Weismann's upcoming book on the investigation obtained by The Atlantic, Weissmann claims that Mueller was too worried about the president shutting down the entire probe if they subpoenaed his family members to testify.

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‘He told us to use his words against him’: Early AM protest outside Lindsey Graham’s home over RBG replacement

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"In the spirit of RBG, we will not allow a double standard in how our Congress deals with late-term Supreme Court appointments."

Taking Sen. Lindsey Graham up on his 2016 advice to use his words opposing the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland against him should a Supreme Court seat open in the final year of a Republican president's first term, a group of demonstrators gathered outside of the South Carolina Republican's Washington, D.C. residence early Monday morning demanding that he oppose the filling of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat until after the November election.

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