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Donald Trump has said he wants libel laws to be loosened, making it easier for politicians to be able to sue journalists when they write what he calls "hit pieces." What would it mean for journalists if Trump gets his way? How could it impact a free press? 

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston is the author of the book, The Making of Donald Trump. He joins us to discuss the future of American journalism, and he answers your questions about what we can expect in terms of healthcare, trade, and more under the Trump administration.

Fifty-two years after Times v Sullivan, a President Donald Trump would seek to "loosen" libel laws to make it easier for politicians to sue journalists. In particular, Trump doesn't like the "actual malice" portion of the Supreme Court decision.

What would it mean for journalists if Trump gets his way? How could it impact a free press? How does our country's libel law standard compare to that of other countries? Our guests: