Trump’s coronavirus mask standoff reveals the dangerous ripples of fragile masculinity

The president was already the poster child for an outdated, dangerous and defunct form of masculinity before the coronavirus hit. But now that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, he has become a pathetic parody.

Senate Republicans creating Biden-Burisma conspiracy theories into 2020’s Benghazi

Between the White House’s and the Justice Department’s attempts to undermine the Mueller report and the president’s response to the coronavirus, a committee tasked with ensuring the efficacy of the federal government should be working nonstop. And yet, to date, Johnson hasn’t issued a single subpoena on any matter that has unfolded during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Fox “News” campaign to ‘put a target’ on Dr. Fauci’s back exposed by CNN supercut

A CNN supercut of footage from Fox News on Tuesday night revealed how the network has launched a coordinated attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The GOP has become a death cult

American conservatism—the so-called “culture of life”—worships annihilation.

A decade ago, in my first public writing since leaving Capitol Hill, I warned that the Republican Party, in its evolution towards an extremist conservative movement allied with extremist Christian fundamentalism, was becoming like “one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.” After Donald Trump’s enthronement as the decider of our fate, I analyzed the GOP’s descent into a nihilism that belied every one of its supposed “values.”

They value only absolute power or ruin.

The Wisconsin election postmortems suggest Republican efforts to suppress voters may have backfired

Both The Washington Post and The New York Times have postmortem pieces. (In this case, the Times version is a bit more substantive than the Post‘s, which dwells too long on partisan bluster.) Both suggest Democratic get-out-the-vote-by-mail efforts were more substantive and effective than the Republican counterparts.