How democracies die, explained

There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming. Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, How Democracies Die. In most modern cases, “democracies…

Trump touts findings of Nunes memo

President Trump on Saturday shared part of a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which the publication’s editorial board tore into the FBI over allegations made in a controversial memo released this week Without directly linking to the article, Trump tweeted quotes calling the memo, which alleges abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department,…

When Loyalty Fails

Imagine you’re a member of the U.S. Senate, constitutionally charged with vetting Donald Trump’s nominees to federal agencies and courts. (Don’t panic. It’s only pretend.) More specifically, imagine that you’re a Republican senator, under pressure from your base and your leadership to confirm as many nominees as possible as swiftly as possible. Maybe you love…