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    1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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    2) Donald Trump is a uniquely dangerous president because he harbors so many guilty secrets (or maybe 1 big guilty secret).

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    3) In order to protect himself, Trump must attack American norms and institutions - otherwise he faces fathomless legal risk

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    4) In turn, in order to protect their legally vulnerable leader, Republicans in Congress must join the attack on norms & institutions

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    5) Otherwise, they put at risk party hopes for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to remake US government in ways not very popular with voters

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    6) American institutions are built to withstand an attack from the president alone. But …

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    7) … they are not so well-built as to withstand an attack from a conscienceless president enabled by a hyper-partisan Congress

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    8) The peculiar grim irony in this case is that somewhere near the center of Trump’s story is the murky secret of Trump’s Russia connection

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    9) Meaning that Trump is rendering his party also complicit in what could well prove …

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    10) … the biggest espionage scandal since the Rosenberg group stole the secret of the atomic bomb.

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    11) And possibly even bigger. We won’t know if we don’t look

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    12) Despite patriotic statements from individual GOPers, as of now it seems that Speaker Ryan & Leader McConnell agree: no looking.

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    13) So many in DC serenely promise that “checks and balances” will save us. But right now: there is no check and no balance.

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    14) Only brave individuals in national security roles sharing truth with news organizations.

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    15) But those individuals can be found & silenced. What then? We take it too much for granted that the president must lose this struggle

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    16) The “oh he’s normal now” relief of so many to Trump’s Feb 28 speech revealed how ready DC is to succumb to dealmaking as usual.

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    17) As DC goes numb, citizen apathy accumulates …

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    18) GOP members of Congress decide they have more to fear from enforcing law against the president than from ignoring law with the president

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    19) And those of us who care disappear down rabbit holes debating whether Sessions’ false testimony amounts to perjury or not

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    20) Meanwhile job market strong, stock market is up, immigration enforcement is popular.

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    21) I’m not counseling despair here. I don’t feel despair. Only: nobody else will save the country if you don’t act yourself. END.

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