From ProPublica, Alec MacGillis on the great Republican crack-up: Dayton was once a bastion of the GOP establishment — the story of how the city changed helps explain the rise of Donald Trump. Nancy LeTourneau in how Republican extremism became normalized. As Trumpism takes hold, Republicans face increasing pressure to embrace policies they once opposed. Nancy LeTourneau on what some Republicans say behind closed doors. In secret recording, GOP candidate made candid comments about party primaries. Self-described Nazis and white supremacists are running as Republicans across the country — the GOP is terrified. White fight: Donald Trump is leading the Republican charge to preserve a shrinking white majority. Seth Masket on three ways of governing as a minority party (and more).

With the Court following Donald Trump down the path of racism, misogyny, nativism, and deepening inequality, it would appear that yet another pillar of American democracy has crumbled. Trump’s delusions are about to blow up in his own voters’ faces. Is America choosing decline? The numbers are complicated — but actively undermining the postwar order isn’t helping. America the Loser: Even if Democrats do manage to retake one or both houses of Congress this November, the damage that Trump and Republican leaders have done to the country’s global standing cannot be repaired.

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