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Two charged for pepper-spraying police officer who died after assault on U.S. Capitol

Two charged for pepper-spraying police officer who died after assault on U.S. Capitol

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday charged two men with pepper-spraying three Capitol Police officers, one of whom later died, during the Jan. 6 assault on Congress by Donald Trump supporters trying to overturn his election defeat.Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios are facing multiple counts, including assaulting police with a deadly weapon, after investigators said they sprayed at least three officers with an unidentified, but powerful, chemical agent.One of those officers, Brian Sicknick, was later rushed to a hospital and died the next day.Khater...

Mar 15
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U.S. now says no evidence of 'kill capture teams' at U.S. Capitol

U.S. now says no evidence of 'kill capture teams' at U.S. Capitol

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. said on Friday there is no “direct evidence” to suggest that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol had formed “kill capture teams.”The comments by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin appeared to be an effort to walk back claims federal prosecutors in Arizona had made in a court filing late on Thursday, in which they alleged there was evidence that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”Sherwin said that his office is leading the prosecution effort, but as local offices help to run down...

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Arrested Capitol rioters had guns and bombs, everyday careers and Olympic medals

Arrested Capitol rioters had guns and bombs, everyday careers and Olympic medals

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United by political grievances, they came in costumes, snapping selfies, calling themselves patriots. Some came armed for battle and planning for “war.”As authorities begin to charge the rioters in the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, court documents paint a picture of a diverse mob that included both citizens with mainstream careers - police officers, a flower shop owner, a state lawmaker, military veterans, even an Olympic medalist - as well as Americans on the fringe. One was a member of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group. Another had a caveman...

Jan 14
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Nearly 2.1 million have voted early in U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia

Nearly 2.1 million have voted early in U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia

By Slideshow WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 2.1 million people have cast ballots in a U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia that will determine whether Democrats control both chambers of Congress and the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda, according to state data published Thursday.More than a quarter of the state’s registered voters have either cast ballots early or through the mail, the state’s figures show, a sign that turnout in the pair of Senate races will be high. About 4 million Georgians voted early in the November election, in which Democrat Biden defeated President Donald...

Dec 24
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Website targeting U.S. election officials draws attention of intelligence agencies

Website targeting U.S. election officials draws attention of intelligence agencies

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The harassment campaign against U.S. election officials following President Donald Trump’s defeat took an ominous turn on Thursday after a website surfaced that accused them of “treason” and included photographs and home addresses, drawing the attention of U.S. intelligence agencies.The site, along with several associated social media accounts, included photographs of Republican and Democratic officials, with rifle crosshairs superimposed on them.The FBI said on Thursday that it was aware of the issue. U.S. intelligence agencies are also looking into the...

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Dec 10
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Why the Pennsylvania vote count might throw the U.S. into political crisis

Why the Pennsylvania vote count might throw the U.S. into political crisis

, and For Subscribers Getting audio file ... Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. Here in the birthplace of American democracy, election officials are scrambling to prepare for a presidential vote they fear could plunge the nation into a historic political crisis. Philadelphia’s Board of Elections plans to move its counting operations to a 125,000-square foot space in the city’s convention centre. Dozens of staffers, feeding expensive new machines to open envelopes and process mail-in...

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October 23, 2020
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Special Report: Why the Pennsylvania vote count might throw U.S. into political crisis

Special Report: Why the Pennsylvania vote count might throw U.S. into political crisis

PoliticsBy , , PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Here in the birthplace of American democracy, election officials are scrambling to prepare for a presidential vote they fear could plunge the nation into a historic political crisis.Philadelphia’s Board of Elections plans to move its counting operations to a 125,000-square foot space in the city’s convention center. Dozens of staffers, feeding expensive new machines to open envelopes and process mail-in ballots, will spend days tallying hundreds of thousands of votes - under intense scrutiny from partisan observers. The workers likely will discard...

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October 23, 2020
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