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John Avlon The Strange Ukraine Backstory of Impeachment – CNN

The Strange Ukraine Backstory of Impeachment – CNN

Apologies to the Talking Heads, but you might ask yourself… how did we get here? I’m talking, of course, about Ukraine becoming Ground Zero for America’s impeachment inquiry. And it’s a good question! It begins long before President Trump asked … Continue reading

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John Avlon Disinformation Complicates Syrian Crisis – CNN

Disinformation Complicates Syrian Crisis – CNN

Deunking the misinformation coming out of the White House following President Trump’s order to withdraw US troops out of northern Syria. As Trump’s own former special envoy Brett McGurk said, “Mr. President: With all due respect, none of this is … Continue reading

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John Avlon That 70s Show: 2020 Election Edition – CNN

That 70s Show: 2020 Election Edition – CNN

The 2020 election can be called “That 70s Show.” All the top-tier presidential candidates are over 70 years old for the first time in modern US history. My latest Reality Check for CNN New Day.

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John Avlon Gay Rights: Overcoming Polarization and Prejudice – CNN

Gay Rights: Overcoming Polarization and Prejudice – CNN

On the eve of CNN’s presidential town hall on gay rights, I chart America’s gains on gay rights and the obstacles that still exist. We’re still capable of bridging deep cultural divides and making progress, however fitfully and imperfectly.

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John Avlon Impeachment Then and Now: Comparing Trump to Nixon – CNN

Impeachment Then and Now: Comparing Trump to Nixon – CNN

“I want you all to stonewall it.” That’s what Nixon said during the Watergate impeachment inquiry and now the Trump administration is echoing his approach.

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John Avlon Why Does Trump Keep Advancing Putin’s Foreign Policy – CNN

Why Does Trump Keep Advancing Putin’s Foreign Policy – CNN

Trump has undone decades of Republican warnings about Russia as a bad actor on the world stage. In today’s I look at how the President’s recent foreign policy decisions, including pulling US troops from northern Syria, have helped advanced Russia’s … Continue reading

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John Avlon Absurdity Alert: Trump Makes Corruption a 2020 Issue – CNN

Absurdity Alert: Trump Makes Corruption a 2020 Issue – CNN

President Trump’s attempt to “reframe his re-election around being an anti-corruption crusader” doesn’t add up. They’ve proposed cutting the budget devoted to “fighting corruption” by 40%.  

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John Avlon President Trump’s Reality Distortion Field Strategy – CNN

President Trump’s Reality Distortion Field Strategy – CNN

A “very stable genius” who “watches his words carefully” wouldn’t be talking about coups and treason and civil war. None of this is normal.  

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John Avlon Protecting Whistleblowers: Almost As Old as the US Itself – CNN

Protecting Whistleblowers: Almost As Old as the US Itself – CNN

Protecting whistleblowers is an idea almost as old as the Republic itself.    

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John Avlon President Trump’s Fact Free Defense on Ukraine – CNN

President Trump’s Fact Free Defense on Ukraine – CNN

In today’s Reality Check,  I look at the signature moves by some of President Trump’s allies in their attempts to defend him, including the “Deep State Dodge” and “the Ron Burgundy.”  

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John Avlon Whistleblower Complaint Intensifies Debate Over Election Security – CNN

Whistleblower Complaint Intensifies Debate Over Election Security – CNN

Last week, acting DNI Joseph Maguire told Congress that election security was the biggest challenge the US faces. We can’t allow anyone to undermine the integrity of our election system. And that includes the President

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John Avlon Impeachment and the Abuse of Power – CNN

Impeachment and the Abuse of Power – CNN

There are principles at stake set out by the Founding Fathers. Problem is they’re likely to get obscured under an avalanche of partisan theatrics and situational ethics.  

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John Avlon Threats Against Journalism Increase Under Trump – CNN

Threats Against Journalism Increase Under Trump – CNN

I look at the growing list of threats against journalists since Trump took office. No American President has so consistently threatened the media … The damage to our democracy is real.

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John Avlon All the President’s Projections – CNN

All the President’s Projections – CNN

All The President’s Projections – these projections may be absurd but they serve a serious political purpose… they muddy the waters between fact and fiction.

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John Avlon Trump’s Whistleblower Woes Are Worse Than He Thinks – CNN

Trump’s Whistleblower Woes Are Worse Than He Thinks – CNN

In today’s Reality Check, I talk to legal analysts and government experts to put the latest Trump scandal in perspective. “It’s a mistake to look at this through the narrow lens of criminal statutes. This is bigger than that. We … Continue reading

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John Avlon Trump’s War on Intelligence – CNN

Trump’s War on Intelligence – CNN

Mr. President, it’s not that we’re too dumb to believe you said something inappropriate to a foreign leader. It’s that we’re too smart to forget that you’ve done it before.  

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John Avlon Why Is Trump Targeting California’s Clean Air Laws – CNN

Why Is Trump Targeting California’s Clean Air Laws – CNN

Look at what he does rather than listen to what he says. Because when it comes to his promises of clean air, President Trump is all hot air.

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John Avlon Conflict of Interest Investigations Plague Secretary Elaine Chao – CNN

Conflict of Interest Investigations Plague Secretary Elaine Chao – CNN

A House committee launched an investigation looking into whether Transportation Secy. Elaine Chao is using her office to benefit a business run by her family. It’s happening against the backdrop of an administration that is eroding ethical norms.

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John Avlon Canceling Primaries is Not Normal – CNN

Canceling Primaries is Not Normal – CNN

I explain why today’s special election in North Carolina’s 9th District is a test of the Trump re-election playbook that paints Democrats as radical socialists.

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John Avlon Trump’s Uphill Battle for Reelection – CNN

Trump’s Uphill Battle for Reelection – CNN

Today’s Reality Check connects the dots on all the truly terrible indicators for President Trump’s re-election – and the one area where Democrats could end up playing into his hands.

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