Yale professor and expert on authoritarianism says 2024 Trump coup is ‘underway’

If U.S. democracy falls this century, it will likely be at the hands of a stubby-fingered sack of extra-piquant donkey farts who likely never bothered to read the Constitution he swore to uphold—and certainly didn’t understand it if he did bother. In other words, we’re at the stage in the Siegfried & Roy show where the tiger starts picturing Roy as a semi-ambulant canned ham.
Donald Trump is a buffoon, but he’s an evil buffoon, and it doesn’t actually take a smart man to demagogue against democracy.

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This Billionaire donor who funded Jan. 6 group is now pouring dark money into Glenn Youngkin campaign

Glenn Youngkin, image via Wikimedia Commons.

A billionaire Trump donor who funded a group that marched on the Capitol ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is bankrolling a dark-money group boosting Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s attacks on Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe.
The Republican-aligned Restoration PAC this week launched new ads attacking McAuliffe, who served a previous term as governor, over crime rates. (Virginia’s unusual term limits restrict governors to one term, but does not bar them from running again after leaving office.

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Editorial: Rachael Rollins is a model U.S. attorney appointment. That’s why the GOP wants to stop her

Boston is one of the few major cities in the U.S. in which violent crime dropped in 2021, and the decline was dramatic. The most startling statistic was the decrease in homicide, which fell by nearly a third.
These numbers are extremely inconvenient for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who is trying to block the appointment of Rachael Rollins as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. Rollins is currently the district attorney of Suffolk County, Mass., which is dominated by Boston and includes three smaller cities.

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The Story Behind “Let’s Go Brandon,” the Secretly Vulgar Chant Suddenly Beloved by Republicans

On Thursday, Rep. Bill Posey, a Republican from Florida, ended a speech on House floor with a curious exclamation: “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Let’s go who now?
Posey had been railing against President Biden’s Build Back Better bill: “They want you to help put America back where you found it and leave it the hell alone,” he said right before the Brandon cheer, which he accompanied with a desultory fist pump.
The expression coming from a sitting member of Congress caused a bit of a stir online.

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The Story Behind “Let’s Go Brandon,” the Secretly Vulgar Chant Suddenly Beloved by Republicans

On Thursday, Rep. Bill Posey, a Republican from Florida, ended a speech on House floor with a curious exclamation: “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Let’s go who now?
Posey had been railing against President Biden’s Build Back Better bill: “They want you to help put America back where you found it and leave it the hell alone,” he said right before the Brandon cheer, which he accompanied with a desultory fist pump.
The expression coming from a sitting member of Congress caused a bit of a stir online.

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How Texas Protected Its Vote From Getting ‘Rigged’ In 2020

Mollie Hemingway’s new book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, is important for what it says—and doesn’t say.
In more than 400 pages of carefully footnoted documentation, Hemingway details how the 2020 election was, according to Time magazine, “fortified” by “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.

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How Texas Protected Its Vote From Getting ‘Rigged’ In 2020

Mollie Hemingway’s new book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, is important for what it says—and doesn’t say.
In more than 400 pages of carefully footnoted documentation, Hemingway details how the 2020 election was, according to Time magazine, “fortified” by “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.

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How Texas Protected Its Vote From Getting ‘Rigged’ In 2020

Mollie Hemingway’s new book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, is important for what it says—and doesn’t say.
In more than 400 pages of carefully footnoted documentation, Hemingway details how the 2020 election was, according to Time magazine, “fortified” by “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.

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I Feel for Meghan McCain and the Loneliness of the TV Conservative

Meghan McCain is making waves this week for describing her former job at ABC’s The View as a “toxic work environment.”
I suspect many Americans may think that McCain is crazy to walk away from a dream job that pays millions of dollars to be on TV a few hours a week. These folks may see her decision as evidence she’s spoiled and privileged. Others might think she’s fragile or weak for quitting.

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Why the Popularity of ‘Squid Game’ Terrifies Me

And on the subject of blame, you’re right: Biden didn’t cause shipping delays or rising gas prices (though presidents often have to answer for such matters regardless). He’s not the source of congressional obstructionism. But I focused on that obstructionism because he campaigned on the assertion that he knew how to work the levers of Congress especially well. So he has invited judgment about how well he works them, no matter the uncontrollable dynamics at hand.
The second: Journalists tend toward melodrama, evident in sloppy word choices.

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