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Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Flag by Jasper Johns (Credit:Museum of Modern Art)If the past is prologue, this type of direct interference could take several forms. One option for Russia would be to try to ensure Trump’s victory. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security in 2016, recounted in Rigged that he worried Russia “could screw around with voter registration lists...

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The Looming Crisis of Emergency Powers and the 2020 Election

The Looming Crisis of Emergency Powers and the 2020 Election

(This article was first published in Just Security) By Mark Medish and Joel McCleary The future of electoral democracy in the United States is, without exaggeration, at risk. While a global pandemic and economic meltdown could provide a pretext for this threat, it does not come from abroad. Instead the threat comes from our own...

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The Dangers of a Trump Loyalist as Director of National Intelligence 

The Dangers of a Trump Loyalist as Director of National Intelligence 

Last week’s appearance of Joseph Maguire, the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), highlighted the importance of an obscure position. Maguire deferred to the Trump Justice Department’s tortured argument for withholding a whistleblower’s complaint from Congress but insisted he was following the law, not covering up. Democrats were unconvinced. Trump ousted the previous DNI, Dan...

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Axis of Trump: Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia Campaign for the President

Axis of Trump: Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia Campaign for the President

After the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel and Palestine, the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders rallied around the two congresswomen, and the Israeli government did not favor to its supporters in the party. With a blatant show of support for President Trump’s strategy of racial polarization, Israeli...

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Bill de Blasio: Amazon Crucial to International Community

Bill de Blasio: Amazon Crucial to International Community

NYC Mayor de Blasio hasn’t discussed much of international affairs and security while on the 2020 campaign trail, although his record in public service has some telling incidents. De Blasio has mostly framed his response to foreign policy in terms of immigration and climate change. Back in 2012, as the public advocate for New York...

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