Igor Derysh
Igor Derysh
Covering politics at Salon. Cameos in LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun. Ex-managing editor at Latest dot com (RIP). WGAE. Tips: iderysh at salon dot comSource
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Billionaire Mercer Family Bankrolled Election Lies, Far Right and the Capitol Siege

Billionaire Mercer Family Bankrolled Election Lies, Far Right and the Capitol Siege

SharePolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsPrisons & PolicingEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsFour years before Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pumped his fist to a supportive mob that would soon overrun the Capitol Police and hunt lawmakers through the halls of Congress, the former Missouri attorney general needed a deep-pocketed patron. Naturally, he on the man who helped bankroll former President Donald Trump’s rise: hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, whom he would soon describe as a friend while to court support from far-right figures like Steve Bannon, a...

Feb 4
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NRA laid the groundwork for deadly Capitol riot for years, advocates say

NRA laid the groundwork for deadly Capitol riot for years, advocates say

January 30, 2021 11:00AM (UTC)Wayne LaPierre | Capitol Riot on January 6th, 2021--The  on Jan. 6 brought together a  of right-wing militia groups and fringe conspiracy theorists, officially united by former President Donald Trump's false narrative that the 2020 election had been stolen. But the ideology that connected these groups in the first place was cultivated for decades by the National Rifle Association, gun violence prevention groups say."The violence that we saw at the Capitol, the firepower that they brought with them, may not have been part of the NRA's call. But they're...

Jan 30
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“It’s over and nothing makes sense”: QAnon believers struggle to cope with Biden inauguration

“It’s over and nothing makes sense”: QAnon believers struggle to cope with Biden inauguration

January 22, 2021 12:00PM (UTC)Supporters of Q-Anon and crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.--Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory have for years believed, in the face of all available evidence, that Donald Trump would soon begin mass arrests of his political foes and retain power indefinitely. Many of them appear to be struggling to...

Jan 22
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Parler backlash overshadows Facebook’s major role in fueling Capitol riot, watchdog groups say

Parler backlash overshadows Facebook’s major role in fueling Capitol riot, watchdog groups say

January 16, 2021 11:00AM (UTC)Mark Zuckerberg | capitol Riot--The far-right social media platform Parler has shouldered much of the blame for last week's Capitol riot — and may since have been rendered permanently defunct. But watchdog groups say much larger companies like Facebook carry more of the responsibility for the lead-up to the pro-Trump siege.Amazon Web Services, which hosted Parler,  last week after Apple and Google removed it from their app stores, arguing Parler was not doing enough to moderate content that could incite violence. Amazon in  on Parler that the company...

Jan 16
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Chad Wolf abruptly resigns after ordering Secret Service to take over Biden inauguration security

Chad Wolf abruptly resigns after ordering Secret Service to take over Biden inauguration security

January 12, 2021 4:05PM (UTC)Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee o on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.--Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf abruptly resigned on Monday after seemingly falling out with President Trump over the president's role in inciting last week's Capitol riot.Wolf's departure came hours after he  that the Secret Service would take over security preparations for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration this Wednesday, six days ahead of...

Jan 12
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Lawmakers worry their own pro-Trump colleagues could aid potential plot to attack Capitol: report

Lawmakers worry their own pro-Trump colleagues could aid potential plot to attack Capitol: report

January 12, 2021 7:24PM (UTC)Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert and Mo Brooks--Members of Congress have discussed special security measures to ensure that fellow lawmakers sympathetic to President Trump's false election claims do not aid in any new plot against the U.S. Capitol or President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration during a briefing on three specific threats detected by federal authorities, according to .Newly-installed leaders of the Capitol Police briefed House Democrats on a private call Monday about three separate plots against lawmakers and Biden's inauguration, according to  and...

Jan 12
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“Hit him where it hurts”: Corporate America dumping Trump and GOP after deadly Capitol riot

“Hit him where it hurts”: Corporate America dumping Trump and GOP after deadly Capitol riot

Major corporations are taking steps to cut ties with President Donald Trump and his allies after they pushed false conspiracy theories about the election that fueled last week's deadly Capitol riot. The PGA announced on Sunday that it would strip Trump's Bedminster golf course of a major tournament in response to the riot, which left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer. The payment processor Stripe says it will no longer process donations to the president's campaign. Every mainstream social network has locked or restricted the president's accounts. A growing number of companies...

Jan 11
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Maryland GOP governor: Feds denied requests to send National Guard as Congress pleaded for help

Maryland GOP governor: Feds denied requests to send National Guard as Congress pleaded for help

January 8, 2021 7:33PM (UTC)Maryland Governor Larry Hogan--Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said federal officials repeatedly denied his requests to deploy the state's National Guard to quell the on Wednesday as members of Congress pleaded for assistance.Hogan  on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called him from an "undisclosed bunker" and were "pleading" for assistance as Congress was overrun by Trump supporters after the president urged them to go to the Capitol during a...

Jan 8
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USPS delays threaten to disenfranchise thousands of Atlanta voters in critical Georgia runoffs

USPS delays threaten to disenfranchise thousands of Atlanta voters in critical Georgia runoffs

January 5, 2021 5:53PM (UTC)David Perdue, Louis DeJoy and Kelly Loeffler--Mail delays in the Atlanta area reported by the U.S. Postal Service threaten to disenfranchise thousands of Georgia voters in the state's Senate runoffs this week.Despite promises by Postmaster , a top donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, to improve delivery times after a  in the second half of 2020, the USPS's performance is still lagging well behind previous years.The USPS said in a federal court filing that as of Dec. 21 it was processing just 76% of ballots on time in the Atlanta metro area,...

Jan 5
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Texas GOP Moves to "Gerrymander" State Courts After Democratic Judicial Wins

Texas GOP Moves to "Gerrymander" State Courts After Democratic Judicial Wins

SharePolitics & ElectionsWar & PeacePolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthTexas Republicans are pushing legislation that advocates say will “gerrymander” the state’s appeals courts after Democrats swept judicial races in districts serving Dallas, Houston and Austin.The Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee on Thursday advanced , a bill introduced by Republican committee chair Joan Huffman to redraw the boundaries of the state’s court of appeals districts. The bill and its state House counterpart in their current form propose only minor tweaks to...

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