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The most divisive presidential election of our lifetimes demonstrates the crying need for credible news that breaks out of the often hyper-partisan echo chambers so prevalent today. Yet, just one week after the election, both Detroit newspapers announced massive cutbacks to their news-gathering operations. Bridge isn’t going to let credible news coverage die in this state.
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