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Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks on Nov. 19 at a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election. Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images

In Trump election fraud cases, federal judges upheld the rule of law – but that’s not enough to fix US politics

President Trump's populist control of his party didn't extend to control in courtrooms where he challenged election results. That's where the rules of politics met the rules of law, and politics lost.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017. Trump laid bare his dystopic vision for America in his inaugural address that is now playing out in the United States. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump’s hint that he may not concede election is America’s tipping point

The cult of the personality surrounding Donald Trump is powerful and will be difficult to dislodge, whatever the outcome of the election in November.
President Donald Trump at the Tulsa campaign rally, where he said he had slowed down COVID-19 testing to keep the numbers low. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Leaders like Trump fail if they cannot speak the truth and earn trust

The absence of trust in a nation's leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.
Protesters in Hong Kong during demonstrations against China’s draft bill to impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous territory. Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Why Hong Kong’s untold history of protecting refugee rights matters now in its struggle with China

The cherished legal rights that Beijing seeks to suppress in Hong Kong were established, in part, by Vietnamese asylum-seekers who fought for their freedom in court in the 1980s.

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