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When authoritarian regimes take hold, there’s a phenomenon that philosophers call the “blank-out,” the moment when cognitive dissonance clashes with sanity. A dictator’s subjects refuse to use reason and begin spouting slogans instead…even when a child could see the folly in their arguments.

In today’s clip, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters surprises Fox News host Bill Hemmer by calling President Trump’s proposed military parade a total waste of money. Peters adds that public displays of force with military officers showing-off weapons is a bad habit of fascist states like North Korea.

But Trumpers may perceive little difference between their POTUS and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, except that the former stands for Team America. In short order, Hemmer melts down and babbles to the Colonel on air, admitting that good ol’ blind American exceptionalism lies at the heart of Fox’s right-wing fantasies.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Frustrated by some of her more conservative positions, progressive activists have been threatening to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in 2024 — when the centrist Democrat will be up for reelection. And according to a new poll from Data for Progress, Democrats in Arizona would favor some of Sinema's possible primary opponents.

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