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John Avlon The Fractured States of America, Partisan Media Unlike Ever Before – CNN

The Fractured States of America, Partisan Media Unlike Ever Before – CNN

America is self-segregating into separate political realities and partisan media is largely to blame. Our media helped create our #FracturedUSA with 78% of Americans now unable to trust each other on basic facts, according to a Pew survey.

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John Avlon Fractured States of America, How Did We Get Here? – CNN

Fractured States of America, How Did We Get Here? – CNN

Our Fractured USA is deeply divided, but it wasn’t always this way. President Eisenhower might have said it best: “the middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.”

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John Avlon New Series on the Fractured States of America – CNN

New Series on the Fractured States of America – CNN

This week, I’m launching a series on the problem of polarization with CNN Opinion. E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one, is literally the opposite of ‘Us Against Them,’ the demagogue’s eternal calling card. Watch now.  

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John Avlon 30 Years Later, Have We Forgotten the Lessons of the Berlin Wall? – CNN

30 Years Later, Have We Forgotten the Lessons of the Berlin Wall? – CNN

30 Years Later: Have We Forgotten Lessons of the Berlin Wall? “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.” – former Czech president Václav Havel.  

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John Avlon Follow the Money, Follow the Ads – CNN

Follow the Money, Follow the Ads – CNN

Less than 90 days out from the Iowa caucuses, we’ve already seen more than $100 million spent on political ads from political candidates. In today’s Reality Check I look at what works, what doesn’t, and what’s got people talking in … Continue reading

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John Avlon How Right Wing Media Pushed Trump Toward Impeachment – CNN

How Right Wing Media Pushed Trump Toward Impeachment – CNN

Right-wing media pushed two discredited Ukraine narratives that President Trump just can’t quit. Congratulations, everybody. This is the first time a president’s belief in a conspiracy theory led to an impeachment inquiry.

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John Avlon One Word That Sums Up the President’s Impeachment Strategy – CNN

One Word That Sums Up the President’s Impeachment Strategy – CNN

President Trump’s impeachment strategy can be summed up in one word: denial. It’s a hell of a drug. It lets you ignore inconvenient facts… and instead just live in a self-serving fantasy land. My latest Reality Check for CNN’s New … Continue reading

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John Avlon Secrets of Mueller Investigation Revealed by CNN – CNN

Secrets of Mueller Investigation Revealed by CNN – CNN

The newly-released, highly-redacted interview notes from the Mueller investigation, obtained as a result of a FOIA request by CNN and BuzzFeed show that Trump was obsessed with obtaining Hillary’s emails and who planted the idea of Ukraine meddling in his … Continue reading

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John Avlon Trump Allies Question Loyalty of Military Heroes – CNN

Trump Allies Question Loyalty of Military Heroes – CNN

President Trump and his allies are questioning the loyalty of military heroes and life-long public servants who have testified in the impeachment inquiry.

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John Avlon The Lock-Them-Up Election – CNN

The Lock-Them-Up Election – CNN

“The ‘Lock Them Up’ Election”: We’re headed for something ugly in the United States — an election in which hard partisans on both sides want to see their opponents jailed. This is banana republic stuff, and it’s happening on our … Continue reading

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John Avlon Trumps Demands Credit for Al-Baghdadi Death, Slams Obama in Process – CNN

Trumps Demands Credit for Al-Baghdadi Death, Slams Obama in Process – CNN

In the history of American presidents announcing the deaths of enemies, President Trump’s speech about al-Baghdadi sticks out. We know that size matters a lot to this President, but we didn’t know it extended to the killing of terrorists.

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John Avlon The Danger or Democrats Lurching to the Left – CNN

The Danger or Democrats Lurching to the Left – CNN

Democrats are still more than capable of screwing up the 2020 election by lurching too far left and playing into Republican hands, despite support growing for Trump impeachment.

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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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