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Democracy Fights Back

The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 US election through social media and other channels comes amid reports that Rick Gates, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, may soon accept a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Perhaps the most important lesson is that elections are only one of many institutions needed to sustain liberal-democratic systems.

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