Thursday, December 14, 2017

Topline: Moore Isn’t Always Better

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The GOP Can’t Take Any Moore 
The Washington Post — Dec. 13, 2017
Jen Rubin runs down the numbers from Tuesday’s Alabama Senate election and draws some conclusions on the future of the GOP. Most importantly: “The tighter they cling to Trump, the worse they will do.” GOP leaders sacrificed their principles for power, but will end up with neither.


Moore Isn’t Always Better 
The Weekly Standard — Dec. 8, 2017
The Weekly Standard reviews the uniquely awful candidacy of Roy Moore. An accused child molester twice removed from his position on the state Supreme Court for defying federal law, a man who believes his personal religious beliefs supersede the Constitution, became the standard bearer for a newly corrupted Republican Party, directly supported by the RNC and the President.

The Investigation  

Obstructing Justice 
The Atlantic — Dec. 11, 2017
Somewhat lost in the Alabama circus this week has been a mounting far-right campaign against Robert Mueller, the Republican and career public servant heading up a nonpartisan investigative probe into the Trump family’s Russia connections. This cynical and partisan ploy reveals an uncomfortable truth: there is very little Trump supporters will not sacrifice to protect their chief, even the very notions of accountability, nonpartisan governance, and the rule of law.

A Debilitating Defense of Donald 
Foreign Policy — Dec. 11, 2017
Max Boot warns of a coming constitutional crisis, as the Trump team begins to feel the heat from the Mueller investigation. With the aforementioned smoke from far-right media, it seems as though the ground is being laid for an effort to stymie these efforts at holding the president accountable to the law. The question remains: if Trump does attempt to thwart the investigation, what will the GOP do?


The Dictator’s Toolbox 
Meduza — Dec. 13, 2017
Just yesterday, Russia’s federal media regulator demanded Twitter restrict access to “Open Russia,” an account critical of the Kremlin, and threatened to block Twitter if their leadership failed to comply. This is how authoritarians extend their influence globally – private companies are driven by a profit motive, which is often exploited by despots to more broadly enforce censorship rules.

Trump and Russia: A Love Story 
The Daily Beast — Dec. 12, 2017
In news that will shock no one, the president recently went out of his way to object to portions of a bill intended to prepare our national security apparatus for Russia’s ongoing hybrid war against the United States. Meanwhile, the administration has failed to implement congressional sanctions on Russia unimplemented. America First, indeed.


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