While I’m not convinced that a coup is where we’re headed, I do find it disturbing how Trump and his crew have been pushing the boundaries of legality, seemingly without pushback. We will see if our country’s checks-and-balances are up to the task, or if American democracy is headed down a dark road.
The theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than meaningful changes in the field. But this clarity is enough to give us a sense of what we just saw happen, and why it happened the way it did.
I’ll separate what’s below into the raw news reports and analysis; you may also find these two pieces from yesterday (heavily referenced below) to be useful.