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REVEALED: Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic worldview about civilization’s coming ‘trial by fire’

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According to a TIME magazine profile on Donald Trump’s right-hand man, Steve Bannon has an obsession with the book “The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.”

Business Insider called the fascination concerning. It outlines that every 80 to 100 years, the world cycles through a cataclysmic event that upsets the “old ways” of doing things and brings in a new one “in a trial of fire.”

The book claims that the last two Americans experienced were during the Civil War and the Reconstruction, and then the Great Depression and World War II. It could easily be argued that 9/11 upset the “old way” the United States did things, not merely in government but in travel and the way Americans live their daily lives. However, Bannon, like authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, believe we’re in another “Fourth Turning” currently.

Each major event was marred by famine, poverty and death and forced the country to rebuild a new country. It’s sparked by a destabilizing event and the rebuilding only comes after a war.

Senior finance correspondent Linette Lopez argues that is the source of the concern. Bannon believes the only way to usher in a new world order with a “massive reckoning” that results in conflict. He’s already shown he’s willing and eager to enact policies that disrupt the existing laws of the land. Lopez fears he’s attempting to bring about his own “Fourth Turning” using Trump’s White House to do it.

According to a Vanity Fair interview, Bannon described Trump as a “blunt instrument for us … I don’t know whether he really gets it or not.”

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Bannon has reportedly attempted to bring other historians to declare that there will be a battle between the western world and the east, Business Insider explained.

The TIME profile cites historian David Kaiser pushing his ideology.

“I remember him saying, ‘Well, look, you have the American revolution, and then you have the Civil War, which was bigger than the revolution. And you have the Second World War, which was bigger than the Civil War,'” Kaiser recalled. “He even wanted me to say that on camera, and I was not willing.”

TIME claims that Howe was also struck by Bannon’s “rather severe” look toward America’s future.

“Bannon noted repeatedly on his radio show that ‘we’re at war’ with radical jihadis in places around the world,” Kaiser cites. “This is ‘a global existential war’ that likely will become ‘a major shooting war in the Middle East again.’ War with China may also be looming, he has said. This conviction is central to the Breitbart mission, he explained in November 2015: ‘Our big belief, one of our central organizing principles at the site, is that we’re at war.'”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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