In a July 1 ruling with democracy-threatening implications, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that presidents are immune from criminal prosecution for acts committed in their 鈥渙fficial鈥 capacity.

Presumably, that includes violent and repressive steps to quell dissent, such as the imprisonment or elimination of political opposition, be it grassroots or elected.

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