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Democracy in Crisis: Whose autocracy is it anyway?

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FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him.

The regime blamed new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and cited Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation — as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth.

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More than 200 people arrested en masse on Inauguration Day are now facing decades in jail. Authorities issued search warrants and slapped others, like Dylan Petrohilos, with conspiracy charges after the fact. “Prosecuting people based on participation in a public protest,” Petrohilos said, “seems like something that would happen in an authoritarian society.” […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Imara Jones on healthcare and the Russia investigations

In this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with writer and analyst Imara Jones about what’s next for healthcare and investigations into Russian involvement in the presidential election. Imara Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive millennials of […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Trump, Putin and propaganda

The Senate Intelligence Committee questioned three experts on Russian active measures, or propaganda, campaigns Thursday morning. One of them, Clint Watts, of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, made it clear that the propaganda campaign was successful because of Trump’s use of similar tactics. When asked […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russia — where does this all lead?

In this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk about the House Intelligence Committee hearings on possible Russian involvement in the U.S. election and ask — where does this all lead? Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Congress going “berserk” over Russia

Like the rest of the country, Congress has gone crazy. “The idea that Russia could come in and interfere with our election, all of us should be going berserk,” Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings said Thursday, summarizing the mood on at least half of the Hill. On Monday, the House Intelligence committee questioned FBI director James […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Republicans seek leaks, raise possibility of prosecuting press

Republicans collectively twisted themselves into knots Monday in order to ignore what was really happening in the hearings on Russian hacking of the election and tried to use it as an opportunity for another attack on the free press. FBI Director James Comey confirmed during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian interference in […]

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