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‘The United States in decline’: Trump’s attack on democracy sets off alarm bells in new report on global freedom

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A new report from Freedom House, an independent watchdog that monitors freedom and democracy across the world, contains some disturbing information about the status of democracy in America under President Donald Trump.

The organization’s 2019 “Freedom in the World” report claims that freedom in the United States has continued to backslide under President Donald Trump and his brash challenges to democratic norms and American traditions.

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In fact, the trends in America are so disturbing that Freedom House has dedicated an entire section in its press release that details “the United States in decline.”

Even though Freedom House believes that democracy in the U.S. is still “robust,” it warns that American institutions are no longer as strong as many observers once believed.

“Having observed similar patterns in other nations where democracy was ultimately overtaken by authoritarianism, Freedom House warns that the resilience of US democratic institutions in the face of such an assault cannot be taken for granted,” the organization writes.

Among other things, Freedom House says that America’s score has been hurt over the last year by “policies and actions that improperly restricted the legal rights of asylum seekers, signs of discrimination in the acceptance of refugees for resettlement, and excessively harsh or haphazard immigration enforcement policies that resulted in the separation of children from adult family members, among other problematic outcomes.”

Read the whole report here.

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‘You’re the worst president America has ever had!’ Biden slams Trump for tax dodges

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At Tuesday's presidential debate, during the segment on taxes, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed on the president's corporate tax cuts, and his own track record of tax avoidance.

"He says he's smart because he can take advantage of the tax code," said Biden. "That's why I'm going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts. And make sure we're going to invest in the people who in fact need the help."

"Why didn't you do it over the last 25 years?" said Trump.

"Because you, our president, screwed things up," said Biden. "You're the worst president America has ever had. Come on!"

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Chris Wallace ripped for letting Trump walk all over him in first debate: ‘Is there a backup moderator?’

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Fox News personality Chris Wallace was harshly criticized on Tuesday for refusing to moderate President Donald Trump in the first presidential debate.

Wallace let Trump tell outrageous lies, dominate the time and did little to bring order to the event.

Here's some of what people were saying about the Fox host:

https://twitter.com/davekarpf/status/1311115774912847879

Does Chris Wallace know who Trump is? Has he seen the past four years? Wallace needs to excuse himself (his voice is shaking) and leave the stage. Is there a back up moderator in the wings? Any female journalist will do.

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‘Will you shut up, man?’ Biden gets fired up at debate as Trump repeatedly interrupts him

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden struggled to overcome an interrupting President Donald Trump at Tuesday night's debate.

At the first 2020 presidential debate between the two men, Biden was asked about his position on expanding the Supreme Court. But the candidate refused to give a direct answer.

"The issue is the American people should speak," Biden said. "You should go out and vote. Vote and let your senators know how strongly you feel."

"Are you going to pack the court?" Trump interrupted.

"Let people know," Biden said.

"He doesn't want to answer the question," Trump charged. "Why won't you answer that question?"

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