Trump's presidency provides a model for a new high-tech authoritarianism

It was at the first meeting of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity that Donald Trump asked the question, “What do they have to hide?” He was referring to the state election officials who refused to turn over voter records sought by the Commission. That Commission had been established by the president ostensibly to gather evidence of election fraud. The irony of the president’s statement was not lost on many who had wondered why candidate Trump had refused to release his tax returns during the campaign. “What does he have to hide?” is a question that should be asked of the president with increased urgency as each day of his administration passes.

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Here is how Trump's incendiary rhetoric is re-shaping the way courts make decisions

With varying degrees of fanfare, President Donald Trump has signed approximately 100 executive orders, directives, and proclamations in the four months since he took his oath of office in Washington, D.C. The vast majority of these have been either so uncontroversial or so inconsequential that they have barely registered on our national consciousness. No one, as far as I can tell, is inclined to challenge the order identifying new succession plans at the Justice Department. No one cares that the White House designated May as “Older Americans Month”—except, perhaps, those older Americans who are about to suffer from Trumpcare if congressional Republicans manage to pass it.

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Trump wants to double down on his commitment to violence -- and it's certain to backfire

In the emerging American dystopia, reaching for the gun has become the order of the day. From Ferguson and the militarizing of police equipment, through the execution-style killings in Charleston, through the uniformed immigration dragnet bringing fear to 11 million undocumented residents, to serial executions in Arkansas, to Trump’s April speech to the NRA convention, the demons of the American propensity for “violence first” are fully out of the shadows and running rampant in the land. And the Trump administration wants to double down on its real and symbolic commitment to violence in its proposed defense budget.

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Trump's tax cuts are trickle down economics all over again -- except this time it's even worse

The tax cut proposals first announced by President Donald Trump this April are, simply put, a fraud. They are about greed and politics, not economic growth or true tax reform. The policy has been proved wrong twice already. As a broadly faithful rerun of the Reaganomics of the early 1980s, Trump’s policies, should they be passed, will end as Reagan’s “voodoo economics” did, a failure by virtually any measure. George W. Bush’s sharp tax cuts in the early 2000s also failed to generate a strong economy, one that was driven by speculation rather than strong investment.

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Here is the terrible truth about Paul Ryan's health care plan

The GOP Affordable Care Act replacement draft includes reforms promoted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan since (and before) the passage of the ACA, including funding Medicaid with block grants to states and a per capita cap on Medicaid funding. The federal government pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs.

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