Is it a coup? In private, the president’s aides “have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing,” wrote an anonymous senior administration official in The New York Times last week. Our writers disagree on whether that constitutes a coup.
Today, Adam Serwer expands on why he doesn’t call it a coup, and we ask Natasha Lindstaedt, a political scientist who studies authoritarian regimes, to weigh in.*
Your turn: So is it a coup, or isn’t it? Make your case on our forums.
Longreads Bracket: Round Two
Last month, we set out to find the best piece of recent longform journalism. The winner: M. H. Miller’s “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me.” Now we’re looking for a whole new slate of contenders. What was the best piece of journalism published in August? Tell us here.
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