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Former Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson's nomination for a top Pentagon job was withdrawn following smear attacks published on alt-right websites loyal to Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era

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Mike Lofgren, a former congressional staffer, wrote The Deep State in 2016. While the term is now widely in use, it's not in the way that Lofgren intended. He appears here on a PBS program hosted by commentator Bill Moyers. Moyers & Company/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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The Man Who Popularized The 'Deep State' Doesn't Like The Way It's Used

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'Deep State' Author Says Trump Has Learned Nothing From The Russia Investigation

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