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Americans are sharply divided on whether or not the United States is headed in the right direction. According to a Harvard-Harris poll, 64 percent of Trump voters think the U.S. is headed in the right direction, while 80 percent of Clinton voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Trump voters think the president is keeping his promises and putting America first. Progressives are appalled by the president's first month and are bracing for the worst. What do you think?

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Trump's critics see his presidency as the potential beginning of an authoritarian U.S. government. His break from ethical norms are disturbing and set a dangerous precedent for the future. Trump paves the way for other people like him.

Donald Trump, however, represents something much more radical. A president who plausibly owes his office at least in part to a clandestine intervention by a hostile foreign intelligence service? Who uses the bully pulpit to target individual critics? Who creates blind trusts that are not blind, invites his children to commingle private and public business, and somehow gets the unhappy members of his own political party either to endorse his choices or shrug them off? If this were happening in Honduras, we’d know what to call it. It’s happening here instead, and so we are baffled.

With Trump, Congressional Republicans have a chance to achieve everything they've been working towards for the past decade. It's in their best interests to turn a blind eye to any potential trouble Trump's administration will cause. The checks and balances are not working. 

That statement is true, and it points to a deeper truth: The United States may be a nation of laws, but the proper functioning of the law depends upon the competence and integrity of those charged with executing it. A president determined to thwart the law in order to protect himself and those in his circle has many means to do so.

Critics are afraid the conditions are perfect for America to take a turn for the worse. Democracy only works when people are engaged with government and participate. 

Trump and his team count on one thing above all others: public indifference. “I think people don’t care,” he said in September when asked whether voters wanted him to release his tax returns. “Nobody cares,” he reiterated to 60 Minutes in November. Conflicts of interest with foreign investments? Trump tweeted on November 21 that he didn’t believe voters cared about that either: “Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world. Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!”
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Russia's interference in the 2016 election marks the beginning of what could be a new Cold War. The tampering is the latest in a series of actions Russia has taken to reassert themselves on the world stage

Talbott believes Trump, by showing so little regard for the institutions established by the political West in the past 70 years, is putting the world in danger. Asked what the consequences of “losing” such a conflict would be, Talbott said, “The not quite apocalyptic answer is that it is going to take years and years and years to get back to where we—we the United States and we the champions of the liberal world order—were as recently as five years ago.” An even graver scenario, Talbott said, would be an “unravelling,” in which we revert to “a dog-eat-dog world with constant instability and conflict even if it doesn’t go nuclear. But, with the proliferation of nuclear powers, it is easy to see it going that way, too.

Many former officials think the U.S. is at a crossroads. Either American people will come together and defend our institutions, or we won't—and things might get ugly.

“To me, the question might finally come down to this,” Celeste Wallander, President Obama’s senior adviser on Russia, said. “Will Putin expose the failings of American democracy or will he inadvertently expose the strength of American democracy?”
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Americans are more divided than ever and there are few signs that this is improving. 

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For all the doom and gloom that liberals have been yelling about, in practice, the U.S. is seeing a revitalization of democracy. Trump's behavior has reinvigorated a free press; previously apolitical people are taking to the streets and town halls; and we're seeing states and the judicial branch check Trump's power when he oversteps his bounds. In short, things are working the way they should be. 

Liberals were blind to Obama’s authoritarian tendencies in part because they agreed with his goals and in part because their adherence to “living Constitution” theories made the separation of powers far more conditional and situational. But authoritarianism is defined by how a president exercises power, not by the rightness of his goals. It’s early, and things can obviously change, but one month into the new presidency, a trend is emerging — Trump is less authoritarian than the man he replaced.
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Trump's supporters voted for change. They see Trump's first month completely differently than Trump's critics. Instead of seeing the start of a potentially authoritarian presidency, Trump's supporters see someone who is keeping his promises. Trump said he was going to do these things and now he's doing them. To his supporters, that's a good sign. 

Underwood, who does volunteer work for a local environmental group, says she has no worries about the pace of executive actions during Trump's first days — and, in fact, likes them all. But she does say she wishes the president would be more, as she says, tactful, when he does things like imposing restrictions on people traveling from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
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Business leaders are hopeful because of Trump's cabinet appointments and positions on the economy. Trump has appointed several advisers with ties to Wall Street. He's promised tax cuts, higher growth and jobs—policies that would benefit business leaders the most.

A whopping 80 percent of middle-market businesses said they were optimistic, the most since JPMorgan Chase & Co. began its Business Leaders Outlook survey. That’s up from 39 percent last year and reflects a sea change in sentiment that’s swept through the ranks of corporate America since the November election.
More than three-quarters of executives say they expect the policies of President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress to have a positive impact on their business. The reason: an agenda that’s pro-business and includes tax reform and less regulation, the report on Tuesday showed.
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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Is America headed in the right direction?
#HopeForAmerica
A festive crown for the winner
#AmericaIsScrewed