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John Avlon reveals how primary voters felt about progressive candidates – CNN
CNN senior political analyst John Avlon provides the receipts after Democratic primary elections see far-left candidates fall short.
Terrorism expert: ‘US has emerged as a leading exporter of far-right extremism in Europe.’ Here’s why – CNN
A major German police raid on far-right extremists in December revealed how QAnon is not just an American problem anymore. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Jacob Ware tells Reality Check’s John Avlon how Americans have exported extremist conspiracy theories overseas.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.