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America Must Stand as a Bulwark Against Autocracy

The House Intelligence Committee’s first hearing will focus on the rise of authoritarianism and the threat to liberal democracy around the world.
Source: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

This week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearing under the new Democratic majority. When I took over as chairman of the committee in January, there was no shortage of topics that would be obvious candidates for the committee to focus on—China’s growing might, Russian interference in our election, Turkey’s drift, or countless other threats. Our first hearing will not be on any of those topics, but rather on an issue that

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