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Respected news icon Dan Rather just annihilated Donald Trump on Facebook

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The legendary newsman, Dan Rather,  took to Facebook on Wednesday to rally members of the press corps to continue to hold Donald Trump accountable. Describing his reaction to Trump’s Tuesday news conference, in which Trump launched an attack  on the press in order to avoid answering questions about his disputed claims regarding how much money he had donated to veterans’ organizations, Rather said that he “felt a shudder down my spine.”

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“This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict,” Rather wrote.

Dan Rather is familiar with how nasty elections can get. During the 1968 Democratic Convention, when the cops were rioting in the streets and Mayor Daley had declared war on antiwar protesters, Rather continued to work the floor, trying to ask questions of delegates and politicians. He got punched in the stomach on national television for his troubles.

Rather argues that today’s reporters are facing the kind of bipartisan accusations of press bias that has been the hallmark of American politics for decades, but, he cautions, there is an air of “violence” around Donald Trump that he understands can be intimidating to individual members of the press who find themselves singled out as Trump’s targets.

Rather reminds reporters that the “pen is still mightier than the sword,” and urges the press to remember that as they keep Trump the bully not to “back up, back down, back away or turn around” when faced with Trump’s efforts to intimidate them.

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The ‘Titanic met an iceberg named Elizabeth Warren’: Michael Bloomberg’s first debate performance widely panned

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Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg's first presidential debate performance is being widely panned by pundits.

The Root's Dr. Jason Johnson told MSNBC viewers just how bad he thought Bloomberg did at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas: "The most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything."

"This probably was the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. Bloomberg lost everything.

He stumbled over obvious questions anyone could have anticipated. He's probably doubling the salary of people going into the spin room" --@DrJasonJohnson #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Vv6bC8xrRI

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How Democrats clean up the messes left by Republicans

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For decades, Democratic administrations have been cleaning up economic messes left to them by Republican administrations. Thanks to Donald Trump, they'll have to do so again.

Before diving in, we need to understand this one concept: the debt-to-GDP ratio.

The national debt is a meaningless number on its own. It's meaningful only as a percentage of the total economy, the GDP. Even if the debt grows, that's okay so long as the economy grows even faster. But if the reverse is true — if the economy is growing more slowly than the debt — we're in trouble.

With this in mind, let's go back to the 1980s. When Ronald Reagan took office, the national debt equaled just a little over 30 percent of the total economy. Then Reagan began cutting taxes and spending a huge amount on the military. By the time he left the White House, the debt-to-GDP ratio was nearly 50 percent. He viewed it as a way of "starving the beast" so future Democratic administrations would find it harder to fund programs for the poor and average working people.

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Sanders campaign manager accuses MSNBC of ‘constantly undermining’ Bernie: Fox News is ‘more fair’

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Faiz Shakir, the campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., claimed that right-leaning Fox News has treated the self-described democratic socialist "more fair" than left-leaning MSNBC.

"Fox is often yelling about Bernie Sanders' socialism, but they're still giving our campaign the opportunity to make our case in a fair manner, unlike MSNBC, which has credibility with the left and is constantly undermining the Bernie Sanders campaign," Shakir told Vanity Fair in an interview published Tuesday.

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