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The Daily BeastAug 04, 2020
If Democrats Take the Senate, Our Democracy Is in a New Kind of Danger
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe best hope for America to get past Trumpism and experience a return to normalcy is for Republicans to hold the U.S. Senate.

Sounds crazy, right? Indulge me. Imagine this scenario: Joe Biden wins the presidency, and Democrats take the U.S. Senate. After enjoying a whirlwind of Biden's executive orders, progressives grow frustrated. Despite controlling everything, Democrats still can't pass most of their top agenda items (on the Green New Deal, say, or police reform, or immigration reform, or gun control) because of congressional gridlock as Republicans launch filibusters—the only tool at the minority party's disposal. And so Democrats, declaring that they can't let the party that gave us Donald Trump continue to impede progress, simply eliminate the filibuster, which can be done with a simple majority vote.

If you're a progressive, this all sounds great. By adopting any means necessary to advance your goals, you believe you are defeating Trumpism. I see it differently. I would see such a move as embracing Trumpism—or, at least, a form of it. That's because Trumpism is also about advancing authoritarian tendencies, prioritizing your base over the nation, and violating norms and institutions to consolidate power. That's not a "return to normalcy," and it's certainly not change we can believe in.

Fox PoliticsAug 03, 2020
Kris Kobach riles establishment Republicans in Kansas Senate primary
In the 4-way GOP Senate primary in Kansas, President Trump's staying neutral, but establishment Republicans have their knives out for Kris Kobach.

CNN PoliticsAug 03, 2020
Hogan overrules Maryland county order delaying in-person education at private schools, including Barron Trump's
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday overruled an order prohibiting some private schools in the state from conducting on-campus learning for the start of the academic year, including the school attended by President Donald Trump's youngest son.

Washington Post PoliticsAug 03, 2020
As Trump leans into attacks on mail voting, GOP officials confront signs of Republican turnout crisis
Party leaders and strategists are encountering resistance to absentee ballots that they attribute to the president's broadsides against voting by mail.

CNN PoliticsAug 03, 2020
Democrats say public needs to know more on foreign election interference
Democratic senators say the US intelligence community still needs to share more with the public about foreign efforts to interfere in the US presidential election after top Trump administration election security officials provided a classified briefing to lawmakers Monday.

America may not know who wins -- until Thanksgiving? (Drudge Report)

Reuters PoliticsJun 15, 2020
Trump says U.S. pulling some soldiers out of Germany over NATO spending feud
President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States would cut the number of U.S. troops deployed in Germany to 25,000, a reduction of about 9,500, in a move likely to upset both his fellow Republicans in Congress and NATO allies.
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