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Whistle-Blowing

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
Timing matters. The book under review--a history of whistle blowing-- was released coterminous with news of a whistleblower's alleging evidence of Trump's criminal misfeasance in office, the commission of which could cost him the presidency.

Journalists Are Not the Enemy

The Boston Globe and 300 Newspapers Across the Country Boston Globe
A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences.

The Rule of Law in America Has Always Been Selective

Carol Anderson Huffington Post
The destruction of the rule of law has actually been going on for a long, long time. Even the incredible power of the Civil Rights Movement couldn’t make the rule of law viable for black citizens. Eventually, rampant but selective disregard for the rule of law taints and corrupts the entire system.

Trump’s Constitutional Crisis

David Cole New York Review of Books
This is a constitutional crisis. The only way forward is to ensure an independent and credible investigation—whether by a special prosecutor or a select congressional committee or both—into the Russian meddling and the administration’s efforts to obstruct the inquiry into the Trump campaign’s ties to it. The notion that Trump and Sessions took action against Comey because of his unfairness to Clinton may be the most brazen effort at “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet

Trump’s Muslim Ban Triggers Chaos, Heartbreak, and Resistance

Ryan Devereaux, Murtaza Hussain, Alice Speri The Intercept
“The executive order is drafted in a manner that anticipates the extension of the ban. It’s clear that the White House expects that this is going to affect more people and more countries going forward,” Gadeir Abbas, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights attorney, told The Intercept. “There is a lot of ambiguity in the language used in the order — and executive power thrives on ambiguity.”
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