Jan 16, 2021

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America’s Second-Worst Scenario

By Barton Gellman
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  • a senior Republican official asked The Washington Post in early November, two days after the election was called for Biden.
  • Every scenario in which Trump might steal the election required Republican legislatures in at least three states to throw away the results and appoint presidential electors for Trump.
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The Early-Pandemic Heist Thriller That No One Asked For

By David Sims
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  • Written by Steven Knight and starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, it uses the pandemic as a backdrop for a heist thriller, in which a married couple in London take advantage of quarantine to steal precious jewels from the opulent British department store Harrods.
  • But for all its topicality, the movie feels quaint and dated, taking place in the early weeks of quarantine when the idea of staying inside and getting your groceries delivered was still a novelty.
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The People Profiting Off the Pandemic in India

By Snigdha Poonam
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  • O n July 1, a few days after a woman in India registered for an account on the careers site Naukri.com and uploaded a resume, a recruiter called her: One of the country’s leading real-estate companies was hiring for a senior position, and more details would follow soon.
  • As part of this routine, I speak with scammers, victims, and investigators, survey employment ads and recruitment agencies, track down fake-job centers, follow complaint and confession forums, monitor social-media networks in which the scammers trade notes, and trace news reports.
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The Other Tragedy of January 6

By Robert C. Post
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  • Many of these districts are so politically homogeneous—due either to gerrymandering or to more organic self-sorting—that whoever wins a party primary is guaranteed to win the general election.
  • The country faces a divide between those who inhabit a common world of truth, and those who are willing to proclaim a fantasy universe of conspiratorial illusion.
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How to Break the Demagogue Cycle

By Michael Signer
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  • By giving Americans the drastic option of not only removing an impeached president but permanently excising them from formal politics altogether, the Framers were following the ancient model and providing a structural solution to the problem of the demagogue-cum-tyrant.
  • In this president’s case, disqualification is imperative, fulfilling the Constitution’s essential purpose of defending democracy from the most lethal foe: a homegrown demagogue like Trump.
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