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RSN: Juan Cole | The Sadism of Creeping Dictatorship

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Juan Cole | The Sadism of Creeping Dictatorship
President Donald Trump. (photo: AP)
Juan Cole, Informed Comment
Cole writes: "One of the classic techniques of dictatorship is humiliation, a manifestation of the sadism of the regime. Most people want to avoid being made the butt of ridicule, and authoritarian personalities calculate that they will even surrender some rights and liberties to avoid it."
Comey Infuriated Trump With Refusal to Preview Senate Testimony: Aides
Steve Holland and Jeff Mason, Reuters
Excerpt: "The anger behind Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday had been building for months, but a turning point came when Comey refused to preview for top Trump aides his planned testimony to a Senate panel, White House officials said."
FBI Refuses to Disclose Documents on Trump's Call to Russia to Hack Clinton
Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK
Pilkington writes: "The US justice department is refusing to disclose FBI documents relating to Donald Trump's highly contentious election year call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails."
A Conversation With the Reporter Who Was Arrested for Asking a Question
Kaitlin Menza, Esquire
Menza writes: "In a statement, the ACLU of West Virginia said of Heyman's charge: 'What President Trump's administration is forgetting, and what the Capitol Police forgot today, is that the government works for us. Today was a dark day for democracy. But the rule of law will prevail.' Meanwhile, the reporter in question is looking for a nap."
Republican Lawmaker Key to Health Bill's Passage Lambasted at Town Hall
Adam Gabbatt and Lauren Gambino, Guardian UK
Excerpt: "Tom MacArthur, the New Jersey congressman who has been celebrated in conservative circles for helping pass the Republican healthcare bill, came back down to earth with a bang on Wednesday night when he was booed, heckled and generally chastised during a nearly five-hour town hall meeting."
The Complicated Politics of Impeachment Are Coming Into Play in Trump's Washington
Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine
Kilgore writes: "The timing and manner of Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI director James Comey raise an inevitable suspicion - not proof, but a suspicion - of presidential obstruction of justice."
As the World Cuts Back on Coal, a Growing Appetite in Africa
Jonathan W. Rosen, National Geographic
Rosen writes: "New coal plants in Africa are largely being paid for by China and developed countries that are turning away from the technology at home. Here's why."

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