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Opinion: What it will take to save American democracy

On the anniversary of January 6, as we think about the future of American democracy, it's useful to look around the world at what scholars have called a "democratic recession." From Hungary to Poland to Turkey to India, democratic norms, values and institutions are under stress.

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5 times Diana broke royal protocol

For centuries, the British monarchy has been known for its formal and rigid exterior. Members of the royal family have carried a stoic presence during public engagements, showcasing the institution's affinity to a stiff-upper-lip attitude. But Diana, Princess of Wales, challenged royal norms and made the royal family more relatable.

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Opinion: Kristi Noem gets it

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota really wants to be president. She seems to think that she can reach her goal by becoming a mash-up of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. And she's playing the part to the hilt, complete with alleged nepotism, apparent contempt for ethical norms and grousing that the media is treating her unfairly.

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New Amazon original film explores a dark era of medical history

It's a tale as old as time: A woman won't conform to societal norms, traditional notions of femininity or what's expected of her, and is dismissed as diseased. She's considered hysterical. And, as such, she is locked up, burned at the stake, hidden away or placed under the supposedly steadier control of men.

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The big risk in Biden's democracy gamble

From the moment Joe Biden announced he would run for the White House, he made it clear the driving motivation behind his presidency would be strengthening America's commitment to democratic norms, under assault from forces foreign and domestic. As President, Biden has repeatedly asserted that fortifying democracy is a top priority of his administration. That's why many were surprised when Biden didn't use every tool within his reach to push the voting rights bill known as the For the People Act, which was effectively killed on Tuesday, when Senate Republicans voted against even debating the proposal.

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Analysis: Chronicling Trump's 10 worst abuses of power

Former President Donald Trump flouted the limits of presidential power unlike any of his recent predecessors, leaving behind a legacy of unmatched abuses that range from violations of longstanding norms to potentially criminal behavior.

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Analysis: The President who dared to tangle with Thanksgiving

American norms and traditions have been trampled over the past four years. But even President Donald Trump never dared to mess with Thanksgiving -- unlike his predecessor Franklin Roosevelt, who bit off more than he could chew when he tangled with Turkey Day, 81 years ago.

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The bold unity model that Biden should follow

The 2020 presidential election was a referendum on a democracy made vulnerable by systemic racism, economic inequality and structural violence. It also reflected widespread fear about the erosion of longstanding norms and political processes within and beyond Washington. The controversy over the election results -- the consequence of conservative media, conspiracy theories and a President who gleefully fanned the flames of already existing racial and political divides -- is a testament to the enormity of the challenges facing the nation. While all democratic change comes through compromise, the structural transformations needed at this hinge point in history require a far-reaching vision and audacious freedom dreams. Our times demand nothing less.

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Trump's final break with a glorious tradition

If Donald Trump refuses to give a concession speech, it will be one of the last norms that he breaks as President. Now that President-elect Joe Biden has won the 2020 election, Trump will need to decide what to do next.

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Opinion: The single most important quality a president must have

This week, we ask the question: What comes next for America and the presidency? President Donald Trump upended countless longstanding norms when he took office, prompting Americans, foreign allies and enemies alike to wonder, what does the office of the presidency really stand for? In our CNN Digital video conversation, we'll discuss whether the American presidency has been transformed and redefined forever, but first we start with a prescription for its restoration, in a piece by David Gergen.

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Trump relying on government officials in final campaign stretch

As President Donald Trump makes a hurried final push for reelection, he is relying not only on his campaign staff but on government officials to transmit his message to voters, a breach of longstanding norms that have mostly been erased over his four-year tenure.

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Opinion: What Barr could have up his sleeve for Trump

If there was any question before about whether William Barr could be willing to use his power as attorney general to tilt the scales in the upcoming presidential election, there shouldn't be anymore. Barr appeared to confirm as much in his interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday: that he would be willing to breach longstanding Justice Department norms -- that is, the unwritten "60-day rule" -- to advantage the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump.

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The USPS is more than a service. It's a symbol

Even in an era of constant outrage, President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the US Postal Service have struck a nerve. Beyond Trump's transparent attempt to suppress votes for his opponent, why does undermining the agency feel like such a violation of democratic norms?

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