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As populism rises, fragile democracies move to weaken their courts

It’s not even just the fact no American president has muzzled, jailed, or, in some cases, killed, real or perceived rivals, as have leaders of those and other authoritarian regimes. The fundamental dividing line, which is becoming increasingly stark worldwide, and spotlighted by the controversy around President Trump’s post-election shakeup of his Justice Department, is the existence of the rule ...

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On her first day of orientation on Capitol Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protests in Pelosi's office

The new member said she wants to show Pelosi that “we're here to back her up in pushing for 100 percent renewable energy.”           GANNETT Syndication Service

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President Trump blames Secret Service for canceling cemetery trip in France

Trump took heat back home after the White House announced Saturday it had canceled a trip to a cemetery because of rain.           GANNETT Syndication Service

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Breakfast with Tom Perez: why Democratic chair is upbeat about 2020

It’s a good thing Tom Perez didn’t come to breakfast the morning after the midterms, as his team had originally proposed. Mr. Perez was indeed rested and in high spirits after the Democrats accomplished what they set out to do: recapture control of the House, flip a whole bunch of governorships – including in beet-red Kansas – and lose not too many ...

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California's fire dilemma: Rebuild knowing same homes will burn again?

Some experts are starting to say enough is enough: It makes no sense to rebuild homes again in brushy areas that are repeatedly swept by wildfires.           GANNETT Syndication Service

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Camp Fire death toll reaches 42, deadliest wildfire in California history

Santa Ana winds roaring across Southern California and similarly stiff gusts to the north hindered the efforts of firefighters on Monday.           GANNETT Syndication Service

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Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee dies at 95

Stan Lee, the cultural icon responsible for many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes in comic books and movies, has died at the age of 95.           GANNETT Syndication Service

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Arizona, Florida, Georgia: Nationally watched races still haven't been called

Six days after polls closed in the 2018 midterm elections, some major races remain undecided as anxious politicians express concern about the delay.           GANNETT Syndication Service

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