Democrats must embrace the power they have to save democracy — or risk losing both

There is no point in having political power if you don’t use it. This is one of the first lessons of realpolitik.
Donald Trump is a political gangster who has learned this lesson well.
Under his command, the Republican Party is a de facto political crime family. They too understand power and how to use it.
Some time ago, Democrats understood this lesson as well. Now they appear to have unlearned it, at least as it applies to resisting the rise of the Republicans’ neofascist movement.

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Report finds a Virginia GOP candidate funds ‘Jan. 6 apologists’ — while posing as a ‘reasonable Republican’

Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin has tried to pull off a balancing act in Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial election, portraying himself as a moderate conservative while not doing anything to offend MAGA extremists. But journalist David Corn, this week in Mother Jones, emphasizes that Youngkin is much more Trumpian than he is letting on, noting that the gubernatorial candidate has funded a political action committee that defends the January 6 rioters.
Virginia, once a red state, has evolved into a swing state that has a Democratic governor (Ralph Northam) and two Democratic U.S.

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Another Voting Rights Bill Just Died in the Senate. What Now, Biden?

An independent senator from a New England state who caucuses with Democrats delivered an impassioned speech that quickly went viral on Tuesday, warning that a spate of bills passed in Republican-controlled states restricting voting rights would lead to a hollowing out of American democracy unless the Senate acts swiftly to pass its own legislation.
You’re probably thinking of the wrong senator. The speech was delivered by Senator Angus King of Maine, who flies lower under the radar than his irascible independent colleague from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Virginia gubernatorial race is a trial run for Republicans in 2022 and 2024

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has narrowed what should have been an easy race for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe into a dead heat, according to recent polls. This is great news for Republicans, who must turn their 2020 suburban losses around if they hope to gain ground in 2022 and 2024.
A new survey released by Monmouth University on Wednesday shows Youngkin has made massive gains among both independents and women over the past month — the two groups that former president Donald Trump lost in the 2020 presidential election.

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GOP is planning a ‘coup’ for 2024 — and Democrats aren’t doing enough to prevent a ‘constitutional crisis’: reporter

Countless articles on the voter suppression bills being passed or proposed by Republicans in state legislatures all over the U.S. have focused on the ways in which they make voting more difficult, but that isn’t the most sinister part of the bills — which are also putting MAGA Republicans in charge of election administration and paving the way for them to throw out election results they don’t like.

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GOP is planning a ‘coup’ for 2024 — and Democrats aren’t doing enough to prevent a ‘constitutional crisis’: reporter

Countless articles on the voter suppression bills being passed or proposed by Republicans in state legislatures all over the U.S. have focused on the ways in which they make voting more difficult, but that isn’t the most sinister part of the bills — which are also putting MAGA Republicans in charge of election administration and paving the way for them to throw out election results they don’t like.

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Republicans Are Planning to Hijack the Next Election. Dems Are Squandering Their Chance to Stop Them.

Activists rally at the White House, demanding that the Biden Administration take the lead on voting rights and pressure Congress to pass legislation protecting the right to vote, October 5, 2021.Allison Bailey/NurPhoto via AP

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In March 2021, before the Senate held its first hearing on the For the People Act, the Democrats’ sweeping democracy reform bill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told me that her party had a “once-in-a-century moment to protect people’s right to vote.

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Fiona Hill believes a Trump re-election could prompt ‘one constitutional crisis after another’

Dr. Fiona Hill, CNN Screengrab

Dr. Fiona Hill, a former U.S. national security official who testified against former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial, is expressing concern about the possibility of a Trump re-election and what it could mean for the United States.
Speaking with The Hill, Hill offered her take on Trump’s actions to overturn the 2020 presidential election, describing it as a “slow-moving coup.” She also noted that if he were to win again, it would “on the back of a big lie.”
“He could win again.

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Inside a Trump-Backed Candidate’s Leaky Audit Fiasco

On the morning of Jan. 6, hours before rioters would break into the Capitol, another, quieter breach appeared to be underway.
“I am publishing the Dominion audit raw data from Antrim County machines,” pro-Trump activist Joe Oltmann wrote in an email to a Newsmax correspondent. “Sitting with Matt DePerno and his information overlays this diagram.. perfectly.”
This would not be the last time that apparent voting machine data from Antrim County, Michigan, was distributed through conservative conspiracy circles.

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Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

For a political press hopelessly addicted to speculation about the next big election, there are precious few data points to obsess over during the first year of a president’s term. New York City elects a mayor during this off-off-year, but it’s an election that’s typically too chaotic and too particular to really tell us much of anything about national trends. New Jersey elects a governor, but the Garden State has become so reliably blue that it hardly registers as a point of interest: Its days of electing gruff Republicans seem to be long gone.

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