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John Avlon Why the 15th Amendment wasn’t enough to protect Black voters – CNN

Why the 15th Amendment wasn’t enough to protect Black voters – CNN

America has a long history of passing voter suppression laws. On the latest Reality Check, John Avlon speaks with historian Kate Masur and the Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman about the significance of the 15th Amendment and how recent moves from … Continue reading

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John Avlon This is why sociopaths too often succeed – CNN

This is why sociopaths too often succeed – CNN

Political scientist & author Brian Klaas says ‘strongmen’ leaders like Vladimir Putin activate a template in the human brain, causing many to gravitate toward them. Klaas also tells Reality Check’s John Avlon about his research into sociopaths – how they … Continue reading

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John Avlon Here’s why some people STILL believe the Earth is flat – CNN

Here’s why some people STILL believe the Earth is flat – CNN

Flat Earth videos rack up huge views on the Internet — but how could anyone believe such a fundamentally false idea? Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill joins John Avlon on this week’s Reality Check to discuss her new book and … Continue reading

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John Avlon See prominent Russian dissident’s reaction to Republicans calling Democrats ‘communist’ – CNN

See prominent Russian dissident’s reaction to Republicans calling Democrats ‘communist’ – CNN

Many Trump-leaning Republicans accuse their political counterparts of being ‘communist.’ Reality Check’s John Avlon speaks with Russian dissident and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov about what real communism is and why Americans shouldn’t resort to extreme name calling.

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John Avlon She left her hate-fueled church knowing she might never see her family again – CNN

She left her hate-fueled church knowing she might never see her family again – CNN

Megan Phelps-Roper spent her life spreading the hateful words of the Westboro Baptist Church. In this episode of “Reality Check with John Avlon: Extremist Beat,” she details what the church’s message was and what it took for her to question … Continue reading

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John Avlon This 1941 Dr. Seuss cartoon shows how far back “America First” goes – CNN

This 1941 Dr. Seuss cartoon shows how far back “America First” goes – CNN

The “America First” rhetoric heard in the run-up to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is nothing new. Reality Check’s John Avlon speaks with former US Representative Jane Harman about the legacy of American isolationism.

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John Avlon There used to be bipartisan support for SCOTUS nominees. What happened? – CNN

There used to be bipartisan support for SCOTUS nominees. What happened? – CNN

As a potential confirmation vote looms for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, CNN’s John Avlon looks back at the effect partisanship in Congress has had on previous Supreme Court confirmations.

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John Avlon How Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could haunt hard-core Trump supporters – CNN

How Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could haunt hard-core Trump supporters – CNN

After Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Trump’s pro-Putin comments are dividing his GOP base. Could this be what causes the ‘cult of Trump’ to crack? CNN senior global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga joins John Avlon on this week’s Reality Check … Continue reading

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John Avlon Putin’s murderous army has blown a hole into his European apologists’ arguments – CNN

Putin’s murderous army has blown a hole into his European apologists’ arguments – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon explains the global implications of the French elections, which feature the incumbent President Emmanuel Macron poised a runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who’s been described as a “Putin ally.”

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John Avlon The irony of Putin’s role in expanding NATO – CNN

The irony of Putin’s role in expanding NATO – CNN

After Finland and Sweden’s announcement the countries are considering joining NATO, Putin may be getting the thing he feared the most: NATO expansion. CNN’s John Avlon has the Reality Check.  

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John Avlon Evangelicals at an inflection point ‘not seen in 100 years,’ reverend says – CNN

Evangelicals at an inflection point ‘not seen in 100 years,’ reverend says – CNN

National Association of Evangelicals president Walter Kim tells CNN’s John Avlon on the latest Reality Check that evangelicalism is at a 100 year “inflection point.” Expressing hope that we can depolarize the role of faith in American politics, he says he has … Continue reading

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John Avlon RNC’s debate decision is a temper tantrum at Trump’s request – CNN

RNC’s debate decision is a temper tantrum at Trump’s request – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon breaks down the implications of the Republican National Committee’s unanimous vote to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates, which governs general-election presidential debates.

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John Avlon What’s Sen. Lee’s discomfort with democracy? – CNN

What’s Sen. Lee’s discomfort with democracy? – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon breaks down the text messages between Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows discussing efforts to overturn the 2020 election just days after the election.  

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John Avlon Title 42 ‘is not evidence of open borders, it is just the opposite’ – CNN

Title 42 ‘is not evidence of open borders, it is just the opposite’ – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon looks at the Trump administration’s immigration restriction measure, Title 42. President Biden plans to retire it, but is receiving push back from Republicans and some Democrats.

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John Avlon DeSantis targeting Disney’s special status: ‘It’s intimidation” – CNN

DeSantis targeting Disney’s special status: ‘It’s intimidation” – CNN

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis challenged lawmakers to eliminate the special status that allows the entertainment company to operate as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme park after Disney paused political donations in Florida. CNN’s John Avlon reports.

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John Avlon The rise and fall of RT America, a Russia-backed TV network – CNN

The rise and fall of RT America, a Russia-backed TV network – CNN

RT America sold conspiracy theories and alternative facts under the slogan “Question More.” Now it’s a casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Reality Check’s John Avlon talks with CNN media correspondent Oliver Darcy about how RT America pushed misinformation to … Continue reading

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John Avlon DeSantis accused of hiding political goal behind Disney feud ‘smokescreen’ – CNN

DeSantis accused of hiding political goal behind Disney feud ‘smokescreen’ – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon reports a top Florida state legislator’s warning that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) move to dissolve Disney’s special tax status is a distraction from the state’s new redistricting plan.

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John Avlon This is how Elon Musk can fix Twitter – CNN

This is how Elon Musk can fix Twitter – CNN

witter’s has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion. CNN’s John Avlon examines some steps Musk could take to fix the tribal polarization on the platform.

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John Avlon Abortion and inflation set to be key issues in midterms – CNN

Abortion and inflation set to be key issues in midterms – CNN

Two of the biggest issues that Democrats and Republicans face going into the 2022 midterm elections will be how to tackle inflation and the abortion debate. CNN’s John Avlon them breaks down.

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John Avlon How these Ukrainian journalists combat Russia’s disinformation war – CNN

How these Ukrainian journalists combat Russia’s disinformation war – CNN

The world has been getting another lesson in Russian disinformation during its invasion of Ukraine. Reality Check’s John Avlon speaks with Yevhen Fedchenko, a journalism professor and the editor-in-chief of the website StopFake.org. Since 2014, its team of fact-checkers and … Continue reading

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