Thursday, October 19, 2017

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During Republican administrations and Democratic administrations alike, the paper has been unflinching in keeping its responsibility to inform readers and expose government shenanigans.

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Over the past 3 decades, tumultuous changes have wracked the newspaper industry.

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— Executive Editor Christopher Dolan and Opinion Editor Charles Hurt

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