In a galaxy far, far away, the Parliamentarian is our only hope

“Well, we could,” a voice murmured from the corner, cloaked in shadow, “if we were willing to sacrifice the filibuster.”

The filibuster looked up from where it was sitting on the floor, contentedly chewing through a voting rights bill that was everyone’s last hope to keep democracy functional. It was frustrating that the filibuster was doing that, but the filibuster was very cute and had big ears, and some people were inexplicably fond of it, even if it was almost 200 years old, had a not-uncheckered legacy and often devoured pieces of legislation that had done nothing wrong.

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The Trump Lawyer Plotting the Next American Coup

How close did America come to constitutional collapse on January 6? Closer than we knew. Earlier this week, CNN obtained a disturbing memo written by one of Trump’s legal advisors during the two-month period between Election Day and January 6 last year. Conservative lawyer John Eastman proposed that then-Vice President Mike Pence could try to overturn the election results during the joint session of Congress and give Trump a second term.

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The Trump Lawyer Plotting the Next American Coup

How close did America come to constitutional collapse on January 6? Closer than we knew. Earlier this week, CNN obtained a disturbing memo written by one of Trump’s legal advisors during the two-month period between Election Day and January 6 last year. Conservative lawyer John Eastman proposed that then-Vice President Mike Pence could try to overturn the election results during the joint session of Congress and give Trump a second term.

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How Mike Pence’s 6-point plan to steal the election leaves a roadmap for future authoritarians

One of the most important lessons of the 2020 election is just how easy it would be for someone with a little bit more savvy to upend the constitution and prevent the peaceful transfer of power in the future. Democracies don’t always crumble as a result of violent revolution. It’s often done by manipulating the law and using intimidation to ensure compliance.
The most famous example is the German Enabling Act of 1933, also known as The Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich.

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How Mike Pence’s 6-point plan to steal the election leaves a roadmap for future authoritarians

One of the most important lessons of the 2020 election is just how easy it would be for someone with a little bit more savvy to upend the constitution and prevent the peaceful transfer of power in the future. Democracies don’t always crumble as a result of violent revolution. It’s often done by manipulating the law and using intimidation to ensure compliance.
The most famous example is the German Enabling Act of 1933, also known as The Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich.

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A new book’s troubling revelations make Mike Pence look much worse than originally thought

In their forthcoming book “Peril,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward — who is famous for his reporting on Watergate with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein during the 1970s — and reporter Robert Costa examine former President Donald Trump’s final months in the White House. The reporting included new details on Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results on January 6.

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A new book’s troubling revelations make Mike Pence look much worse than originally thought

In their forthcoming book “Peril,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward — who is famous for his reporting on Watergate with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein during the 1970s — and reporter Robert Costa examine former President Donald Trump’s final months in the White House. The reporting included new details on Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results on January 6.

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Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero

The key details concern Trump’s relentless pressure on Pence to help subvert the electoral college count on Jan. 6, pursuant to the vice president’s role as president of the Senate. The day before, in the Oval Office, Trump angrily told Pence that various people believed he did have the power to somehow derail the count.

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“If these people say you had the power, wouldn’t you want to?” Trump asked.
“I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority,” Pence said.

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Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero

The key details concern Trump’s relentless pressure on Pence to help subvert the electoral college count on Jan. 6, pursuant to the vice president’s role as president of the Senate. The day before, in the Oval Office, Trump angrily told Pence that various people believed he did have the power to somehow derail the count.

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“If these people say you had the power, wouldn’t you want to?” Trump asked.
“I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority,” Pence said.

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Biden’s bureaucrat buds and other commentary

Washington watch: Biden’s Bureaucrat Buds
While “poor souls who helped America and even some US citizens” were “left to the horrors of Kabul,” there is a “key constituency” President Biden “didn’t forget,” snarks The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman. He invoked “his legal authority under ‘national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare’ to increase salaries for” 2 million federal workers. “Yes,” the prez “decided this is the moment to declare a swamp-wide pay raise.

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