What we can learn from Turkey's populist regime

I fucked up on Twitter last week when sending out a story I wrote about Kurds and other activists who were attacked by Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security forces outside of the Turkish ambassador's Washington, D.C. residence. Instead of typing "Turkish security forces," I inadvertently wrote "Trump security forces." I deleted the tweet and regretted the error—but the mistake was telling.

Despite the differences between Trump and Erdogan, the physical attack on Americans by foreign security personnel should serve as a stark warning to us.

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Whose autocracy is it anyway? 13 authoritarian jokes on America

I. FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him.

The regime blamed new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and cited Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation — as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth.

II. More than 200 people arrested en masse on Inauguration Day are now facing decades in jail. Authorities issued search warrants and slapped others, like Dylan Petrohilos, with conspiracy charges after the fact. “Prosecuting people based on participation in a public protest,” Petrohilos said, “seems like something that would happen in an authoritarian society.”

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Health Scare

By Baynard Woods

As debate on Trumpcare raged on in the House, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) spoke outside the U.S. Capitol at a small Progressive Caucus press conference, comparing the bill to a Trojan horse sneaking disastrous measures to the American public.

“And of course these days we know Trojans are something a little different, and they’re only used when you’re gonna get, well, pretty much what this bill does to America,” Pocan said.

Twenty-four hours later, it was U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) who was being fucked as he stood in front of the press to announce that Obamacare is “the law of the land” and that, after seven long years of complaining, the Republicans would move on from health care after working to pass a bill for less than 70 days.

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Beachheads and the War on Facts

By Baynard Woods

The teams of President Trump's temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and remaking federal agencies refer to themselves as "beachheads" or "beachhead teams," a military term for the point of invasion.

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