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Now that he’s officially out of the running for 2016, reporters and bloggers won’t have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore. The man whose candidacy came to a crashing end with one well-placed cellphone camera will forever be an object of curiosity. Cipher of a candidate that he was, the endlessly mutable Massachusetts governor was difficult to pin down: What exactly did he stand for? Just becoming president? And he seemed ambivalent about even that. The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, published in that jittery year of 2012 when it looked like Mercurial Mitt might actually be our president, comes as close as anything to answering these questions.

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WFormer President Trump, right, and former Attorney General William Barr

Reprinted with permission from Press Run

Stunning new abuse-of-power revelations remind us of the Trump administration's complete disregard for democratic principles. We now know that over a span of years it took extraordinary legal measures, including gag orders and secret tribunals, in pursuit of email records from reporters at CNN and the Washington Post. Team Trump also unleashed the courts on Democratic members of Congress and their families trying to obtain private phone records, as well as secretly targeting a key White House attorney, who possibly fell under suspicion for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump.

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