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Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was one of Trump’s wealthiest election deniers. He has some big plans for the 2022 midterms.

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was one of Trump’s wealthiest election deniers. He has some big plans for the 2022 midterms.

Byrne is fast becoming one of the most important donors in conservative politics. Hours before then-President Donald Trump sent his infamous late-night tweet on Dec. 19, 2020, encouraging supporters to come to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, where it would “be wild,” he met privately in the Oval Office with three key supporters: Attorney Sidney Powell, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and — somewhat improbably — Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of .This was Byrne’s first meeting with the president, but theories he professed about the 2020 election being stolen had caught the...

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Gun control after Uvalde: What could work, what won’t work, and what we can learn from the world

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Climate change and drug pricing have seemed like intractable problems. The Manchin-Schumer Senate deal takes them on.

Climate change and drug pricing have seemed like intractable problems. The Manchin-Schumer Senate deal takes them on.

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A Trump executive order set the stage for Falwell’s political activities

A Trump executive order set the stage for Falwell’s political activities

By discouraging investigations of religious organizations, Trump appeared to clear the way for Liberty University to spend millions on his own causes.Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., left, encouraged President Donald Trump to oppose the long-standing law banning nonprofits from participating in politics. | Steve Helber/AP PhotoFormer Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s decision to spend millions of university dollars on Republican political causes followed an executive order by President Donald Trump directing the IRS to avoid whenever possible...

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In final years at Liberty, Falwell spent millions on pro-Trump causes

In final years at Liberty, Falwell spent millions on pro-Trump causes

The nonprofit university’s think tank ran Facebook ads to “pray for our president,” with Donald Trump’s image.President Donald Trump and Jerry Falwell Jr. share the stage during a commencement at Liberty University, May 13, 2017, in Lynchburg, Va. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAfter shocking many in the evangelical movement by endorsing Donald Trump over other Republicans for the 2016 presidential nomination, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. pumped millions of the nonprofit religious institution’s funds into Republican causes and efforts to promote the Trump administration, blurring...

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‘I loved John McCain’: Inside Arizona’s GOP movement to defeat Donald Trump

‘I loved John McCain’: Inside Arizona’s GOP movement to defeat Donald Trump

The Grand Canyon State was ground zero for Trump’s presidency, but also where he paid the highest price for his political mistakes.Cindy McCain looks on as a military team carries the casket of John McCain in 2018. Last week, Arizona Republicans showed they had not forgotten the way President Donald Trump had treated John McCain. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPHOENIX — Two years and two months before Arizona’s rebuke of President Donald Trump, hundreds of Republican leaders of the Grand Canyon State crowded into North Phoenix Baptist Church to bid farewell to their hero and mentor, John...

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