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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Trump gives secrets to the Russians; Chelsea Manning freed

On this week’s episode, co-hosts Marc Steiner and Baynard Woods talk first about the secrets Trump shared with Russian diplomats. Then, they are joined by Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, and a close friend and supporter of Chelsea Manning to talk about what Manning’s release from prison. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Nine injured in attack on protesters outside Turkish ambassador’s residence

Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted “It was a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the @WhiteHouse today!” members of Erdoğan’s security staff, many of whom appear to have been armed, attacked a peaceful protest across from the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C. […]

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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: The Canning of Comey

As news feeds overflow with talk about Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey, cohosts Marc Steiner and Baynard Woods talk with journalist Mark Trahant about the ouster. “I’m really not a Comey fan. In any other light it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see him go,” Trahant said. “That said, who are they going to replace him with? It’s only going to be somebody worse.” […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Comey, Comey, Comey Chameleon, You Come and Go

The regime cites former-FBI Director James Comey’s public statements about the Clinton email investigation in July and its surrogates claim, insanely, that they were concerned over his treatment of Clinton more generally and, once again, everything is turned upside down. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Populism, belonging and inside jokes at Trump’s reality show rally

It’s hard to know what to make of these post-election Trump rallies. The latest one, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was intended to celebrate his first 100 days in office. It also served as a distraction from the People’s Climate March, which brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to D.C., and the White House correspondents’ dinner, which […]

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Democracy in Crisis podcast: Trump’s Harrisburg rally and May Day marches

On this week’s episode, co-host Baynard Woods and Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg talk about the strange political landscape after attending both the Trump rally in Pennsylvania and the May Day marches in D.C. Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Which science were we marching for, exactly?

Twenty years ago I was arrested for occupying the office of Sen. Pete Domenici in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The senator and one-time segregationist Dixiecrat presidential candidate Strom Thurmond had threatened to defund the Environmental Protection Agency if it did not approve the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The idea was that if you put nuclear waste in a big hole in the ground, it could be contained, sealed and isolated for thousands of years. Some studies showed it would work, but the EPA wanted additional studies. The senators wanted to move forward sending waste in trucks through our cities and then burying it deep in salt caverns in New Mexico, where some at the EPA worried it could leak. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Imara Jones on Disarray At 100 Days

In this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with writer and analyst Imara Jones about the chaos surrounding the White House as we approach the 100th day of the Trump administration. Imara Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: D Watkins and the Death of Freddie Gray

On this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with D. Watkins, educator, editor at large at Salon.com and the author of The Cook Up, and The Beast Side about the drug war and Freddie Gray, who died after being arrested in Baltimore two years ago this week. And composer Ruby Fulton puts one of Trump’s tweets to music. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Roger Stone on the failed war on drugs and his Nixon-shaped bongs

Roger Stone has two bongs shaped like his hero, Richard Nixon. “One’s in the shape of his head, the other is kind of more artsy,” he said. “They’re both very cool but they’re a symbol to me that the war on drugs, as waged by Nixon, was a failure. Is a failure.”

Stone, the famous Republican dirty-trickster dandy who first came to public attention when a stunt to discredit a Nixon opponent came to light in the Watergate hearings, is as responsible for Trump’s ascent to the presidency as anyone. He has been urging Trump to run since the late 1980s and was an early manager of last year’s campaign. He saw Nixon’s anti-elitism as key to a future Republican victory — and was proven right when he helped a billionaire ride to the White House on the back of resentment against “the establishment.” He has a long history of racist and sexist remarks and founded an organization — Citizens United Not Timid — so he could call Hillary Clinton a “cunt.” […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Love And Rage

Antifa glitter bombs Richard Spencer in D.C., nearby Damaged City maintains the punk rock tradition of resistance By James Berbert “Fuck the war we’re waging against Syria. Fuck the war we’re waging against people in our own country. And fuck the war on drugs,” Laura Thrillhauser, the lead vocalist of Iron Cages said during the […]

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