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Democracy in Crisis: Trump, Erdoğan and populist oppression

What we can learn from Turkey’s populist regime I fucked up on Twitter last week when sending out a story I wrote about Kurds and other activists who were attacked by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security forces outside of the Turkish ambassador’s Washington, D.C. residence. Instead of typing “Turkish security forces,” I inadvertently wrote “Trump security […]

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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 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: Paul Ryan’s No Good Very Bad Day

Friday afternoon, after a dramatic capitulation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walked out before the press and conceded defeat on what had been his party’s primary concern for the last seven years. “Obamacare is the law of the land,” Ryan said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the immediate future.” It was […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Trump’s tough-on-crime agenda

President Trump met with law enforcement leaders twice last week, saw Jeff Sessions confirmed as top cop, and signed three tough-on-crime executive orders, which were then condemned by an organization composed of some of the nation’s top law enforcement officers. Here’s how Trump’s tough-on-crime week went down:  Trump met with law enforcement brass from major […]

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Photos: Massive crowd turns up to support immigrants and refugees

The Iowa City downtown Ped Mall was packed community members Sunday. An estimated 2,000 people gathered at a Solidarity Rally Against the Ban to oppose President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigration from seven countries, all of which are predominantly Muslim. Elected officials, members of the faith community, musicians and people who have been […]

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UI, Iowa City school district respond to immigration order

Both the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District sent out statements addressing President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. The order has inspired protests and legal challenges across the country since it was signed on Friday last week. A message to international students […]

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En Español: America in a state of non-unique chaos

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] By Alba Laragranero El día de las elecciones de 2016, me encontré con un amigo español comprando vino en una tienda del centro. Él estaba asustado porque tenía la premonición de que Trump iba a ser el próximo presidente. Yo lo tranquilicé, en ningún momento me había tomado en serio que eso […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Trump’s beachheads and the War on Facts

Democracy in Crisis is a new syndicated column designed to hold the Trump administration accountable. The column appears in a number of alternative weekly newspapers and websites around the country as well as a daily blog. For more information visit www.democracyincrisis.com. The teams of President Trump’s temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and […]

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