What makes the US vulnerable to Russia’s “wedge strategies”? The answer, ultimately, lies in polarization. Did Manafort use Trump’s campaign to pay back Russia? The darkest theory of the 2016 campaign becomes extremely plausible. Robert Mueller has no comment: The special counsel avoids the public eye and swears others to secrecy — even as Trump allies accuse him of leaking. Benjamin Wittes on the disturbing paradox of presidential power: Trump’s actions are forcing us into uncharted constitutional waters. What can be pardoned? Yonatan Zunger on some unexpected ins and outs of an executive power. “Profoundly Trumpy to both emulate Carl Schmitt in your use of pardon power as sovereign exception AND get yourself into court over it”.

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