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Outside the Box: California leads states’ fight to break Trump’s authoritarian wave

Not yet two weeks into office, Donald Trump is raising grave concerns about his administration’s authoritarian ambitions.

The president’s aides preposterously speak of “alternative facts” as part of a broader effort to declare their authority to say what reality is, regardless of pesky objective facts that get in the way. The Trump administration has taken action to prevent federal agencies from communicating with the outside world, including members of Congress and the press. The head of one watchdog group described this as “the cloud of Mordor descending across the federal service.”

Experts on authoritarianism already see warning signs from the Trump administration’s actions.

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