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August 9 at 10:06 AM Email the author. Defiance is a defining and often necessary trait of politics. If, to take one of the most recent and salient examples, President Trump had just given up because conventional wisdom said he was going to lose the 2016 election, well, he wouldn’t be president today. But there’s a difference between politicians defying the odds to persevere and politicians defying political and legal realities to try to stay in their jobs. The latter situation is where we find ourselves too many times today after politicians are accused of behaving badly. And it doesn’t feel like a coincidence that this is happening under the umbrella of a president determined to undermine an independent investigation of his campaign. Full story

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