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Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘disturbing’ quest to radically rewrite the US constitution

By taking over state legislatures, Republicans hope to pass conservative amendments that cannot be electorally challenged Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist in the Trump White House who is at the forefront of the Republican march toward hard-right populism, is throwing his weight behind a movement to radically rewrite the US constitution. Bannon has devotedContinue reading “Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘disturbing’ quest to radically rewrite the US constitution”

Oral Argument in Moore v. Harper and the Perils of Finding “Compromise” on the Independent State Legislature Theory

The Supreme Court’s cert grant last June in Moore v. Harper was an ominous note on which to end an explosive term. The grant seemed to broadcast an openness to embracing what’s known as the “independent state legislature theory,” or ISLT. It is a once-fringe idea that the U.S. Constitution, and in particular Article I’s “elections clause,” grants toContinue reading “Oral Argument in Moore v. Harper and the Perils of Finding “Compromise” on the Independent State Legislature Theory”

VIDEO: Why the Far-Right Is Fawning Over Strongmen | Breaking The Vote – VICE News

From Hungary to Texas, the Breaking the Vote teams travel around the world to trace the steady rise of authoritarianism and its impact in the U.S.

How the Supreme Court Plans to Undermine Future Elections

The clock is ticking for the anti-democracy “independent state legislature” takeover. Democratic politicians, along with independents and Republicans who likewise revere democracy, are justifiably savoring 2022 midterm voters’ historic affirmation of the core principle of government by representatives elected by popular majorities. But these pro-democracy leaders must now pivot to confront an as yet unacknowledgedContinue reading “How the Supreme Court Plans to Undermine Future Elections”

Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education

‘When Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly “Law and Order” is all they can talk about!’ Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Esther Byrd to the state’s Board of Education, a move that will almost certainly serve to further politicize that appointed panel. A former Marine, Mrs. Byrd is currently the legal assistant and office manager for the Law Office of CordContinue reading “Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education”

Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet

The fringe politician making craven appeals to “America First” racists can’t stop talking about a notorious taped address. Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event. InContinue reading “Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet”

Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says she attended pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally

She urged Republicans to remove GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from House committee investigating insurrection Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas said in an interview published Monday that although she attended a rally on January 6, 2021, she “played no role” in planning the events that day and that she doesn’t involve her husband,Continue reading “Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says she attended pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally”

US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy 

Lauren Witzke, the Republican Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware in 2020, gushed with praise for Vladimir Putin this week after the Russian dictator unleashed a military invasion against Ukraine. While somewhat shocking given the timing, Witzke’s admiration of Putin’s “Christian nationalism” has a long precedent among U.S. Christian ​right leaders, who embraced Putin as a “savior ofContinue reading “US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy “

‘Every Asset They Have in US Will Be Frozen’: Biden Orders Massive Sanctions Against Russia

“This is going to impose severe cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time,” said U.S. President Joe Biden. Amid Moscow’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that Washington is imposing additional sanctions to limit exports to Russia, freeze assets held by powerful banks, and restrict the economic activities of oligarchsContinue reading “‘Every Asset They Have in US Will Be Frozen’: Biden Orders Massive Sanctions Against Russia”

Democracy in decline worldwide

For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”