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Robert B. Reich: Trump's war on the courts, the press and the states

Robert B. Reich: Trump's war on the courts, the press and the states

With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing the president's incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation's courts, its press and a few state governments.

Which is why Mr. Trump is escalating attacks on all three, seeking to erode public confidence in them.

After federal Judge James Robart -- an appointee of George W. Bush -- stayed Mr. Trump's travel ban, Mr. Trump leveled a personal attack on "this so-called judge," and then tweeted: "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court...

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