When a president with authoritarian tendencies starts using phrases like "patriotic devotion," it's bound to make some people uncomfortable.

Take Donald Trump's inaugural proclamation, for example.

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Trump's 'National Day of Patriotic Devotion' raises eyebrows

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People close to Donald Trump are starting to share the details of his adjustment to becoming president.

Unfortunately, they're characterizing him in terms that make him seem like an intemperate child.

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Trump struggles badly to pass a test of presidential maturity

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What's more important than Donald Trump's low approval ratings?

The new president's surprisingly low disapproval ratings.

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The disapproval ratings matter just as much as the approval ratings

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After only a few days in office, Donald Trump's press secretary complained yesterday about the White House's "demoralizing" frustrations.

The message to Trump's critics couldn't be much clearer.

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What Donald Trump's White House considers 'demoralizing'

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Even Republicans should be concerned about Donald Trump's commitment to a ridiculous lie about the 2016 election.

The new White House's reference to "alternative facts" apparently wasn't an acceident.

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Trump won't let go of one of his most important lies

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/23/2017 at 22:15. Facebook
Donald Trump didn't just re-impose a global gag rule on family planning.

The new president did so while surrounded by men in the Oval Office.

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Surrounded by men, Trump takes aim at family planning policy

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/23/2017 at 21:03. Facebook
Donald Trump spoke in front of a memorial wall at CIA headquarters ...

... and delivered one of the stranger speeches delivered by any president in quite a while.

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Trump's speech to the CIA broke new presidential ground

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/23/2017 at 19:08. Facebook
The U.S. counterintelligence investigation into Trump World isn't limited to officials from the president's campaign.

It also reportedly includes a member of Trump's White House team -- with an office in the West Wing.

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Counterintelligence investigation into Team Trump casts a wide net

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/23/2017 at 17:07. Facebook
According to the Trump White House, "people didn’t care" about the president's tax returns, so they'll remain hidden.

The evidence that people *do* care, however, is hard to ignore.

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Team Trump: Americans will not see the president's tax returns

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01/23/2017 at 15:03. Facebook
Welcome to the Trump era, where Americans have facts, but the White House has "alternative facts."

When George Orwell wrote "1984," he meant it as a warning, not an instruction guide.

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With 'alternative facts,' Trump World swimming in a sea of dishonesty

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/23/2017 at 13:04. Facebook
When millions of like-minded people take a stand in support of women's rights, an indifferent shrug won't cut it.

Some will tell you the women's marches and rallies weren't important. Don't believe them.

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An unmistakable message: 'Welcome to your first day; we will not go away'

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/21/2017 at 02:23. Facebook
Donald Trump was so critical of the Obama administration, you'd think he'd be eager to replace them all and install his own people to do things right, right?

Not so much...

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01/21/2017 at 01:12. Facebook
Last night, Rachel Maddow listed at length many of Barack Obama's extraordinary accomplishments as president.

Tonight we already have our first look at what Donald Trump is doing as president (actual actions!).

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01/20/2017 at 21:38. Facebook
As President Obama becomes former President Obama, the debate can begin about his tenure.

When Paul Krugman described Obama as one of the most "successful presidents in American history," it rang true for a reason.

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A presidential giant exits the stage

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/20/2017 at 18:55. Facebook
Donald Trump's inaugural address was intended for his core base of supporters -- and no one else.

Those waiting for an uplifting message were left wanting. The expected olive branches were set on fire.

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In his inaugural address, Trump vows to end 'American carnage'

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01/20/2017 at 17:08. Facebook
As Donald Trump and his team take power, it's clear that they're completely unprepared to govern.

And in this case, we're being quite literal.

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As power shifts, Trump's team remains unprepared to govern

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The Rachel Maddow Show
01/20/2017 at 15:19. Facebook
Donald Trump and his team know he's the most unpopular president-elect since the dawn of modern polling. They also don't care.

Their indifference brings very real, and potentially dangerous, consequences.

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Trump World tries to explain away broad unpopularity

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01/20/2017 at 13:06. Facebook
As Americans watch Inauguration Day unfold, the events come against a striking backdrop:

A U.S. counterintelligence investigation is exploring possible connections between the incoming president's campaign team and Russia.

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New details from investigation cast cloud over Trump inauguration

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01/20/2017 at 01:15. Facebook
In case last night's opening segments about Donald Trump's utter unpreparedness to take office (ready or not!) left you shaken, we have updates to report tonight as Trump has asked as many as 50 Obama appointees to stay on ([ Bit.ly Link ].

Watch last night's two parter on Trump starting his term on weak footing:
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This week, Barack Obama and Donald Trump separately reflected on books. Their answers spoke volumes about their differences.

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The literary dividing line between Trump and Obama

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