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Some of his followers are being sought by the FBI. It's not stopping the leader of the Oath Keepers.

Some of his followers are being sought by the FBI. It's not stopping the leader of the Oath Keepers.

(CNN)The FBI is investigating some of his followers. Others are already in custody and facing decades in prison if convicted of federal charges connected to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. But the national leader of the extremist Oath Keepers group is carrying on as before. He might even be emboldened. "You gotta declare this regime to be illegitimate," Stewart Rhodes said on Infowars on January 30 -- 24 days after theand delayed the certification of President Joe Biden's election win. "You gotta to declare everything that comes out of King Biden's mouth as illegitimate --...

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February 10, 2021
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New charges allege Proud Boys prepped for Capitol insurrection

New charges allege Proud Boys prepped for Capitol insurrection

(CNN)Two prominent affiliates of face new conspiracy charges related to the US Capitol riot, and another was arrested Wednesday, as the Justice Department laid out a planning and funding effort within the far-right extremist group in a major court development.The Justice Department unveiled the new conspiracy charge in a federal grand jury indictment of Nicholas Ochs and Nicholas DeCarlo.The indictment alleges the two conspired to block Congress' certification of the electoral votes on January 6. Prosecutors say they planned and fundraised for the effort, then came to Washington, DC, and...

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January 18, 2021
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Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs arrested in Florida in connection with the Capitol riot

Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs arrested in Florida in connection with the Capitol riot

(CNN)A leader of the Proud Boys, an extremist group that took part in the US Capitol insurrection, was taken into custody and is facing charges, federal officials said., 37, of Florida was arrested Wednesday and is facing three counts -- obstruction of a proceeding, entering restricted grounds and disorderly conduct -- for his part in , according to the Justice Department and an FBI affidavit. The FBI described Biggs in the affidavit as an organizer for the Proud Boys. Biggs appeared in court in Orlando on Wednesday and was released under home confinement and other restrictions, according...

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January 18, 2021
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Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

(CNN Business)Facebook posts promoting violence during inauguration week have circulated on the platform over the past week despite a crackdown by the social media giant since the January 6 insurrection, a tech watchdog group found. "Patriots January 20, 2021 is your Tiananmen Square moment!!!" one post in a private pro-Trump Facebook group read."We need to organize our militia... Wars are won with guns.. and when they silence your commander in chief you are in a war," read another posted on January 9 to a public "Patriot Party" group with over 12 thousand members.Other posts include people...

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January 18, 2021
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Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning

Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning

(CNN)The US Capitol is surrounded by fences and troops amid fear the January 6 riots could spark violence this weekend and leading up to Wednesday's inauguration. But experts worry the real threat may be what the attack unleashed for the long term. "The plots of tomorrow are literally being hatched right now," Oren Segal, vice president of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, told CNN. Experts shared growing concern about chatter around a unifying message of people who feel wronged -- by those in power, by the political system and by Big Tech. They're also worried that the...

January 17, 2021
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Decoding the extremist symbols and groups at the Capitol Hill insurrection

Decoding the extremist symbols and groups at the Capitol Hill insurrection

This story contains images and descriptions of extremist groups and their beliefs. (CNN)Flags, signs and symbols of racist, white supremacist and extremist groups were displayed along with Trump 2020 banners and American flags at The pictures tell part of the story of the beliefs of some of those who chose to show up on that day -- from passionate and peaceful Trump supporters to extremists who showed their hate with their symbols as well as their actions. The mixing of the groups is one issue that experts who track extremism and hate have long been concerned about. The certification of the...

January 9, 2021
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How a Michigan election map with false information went viral and landed in Trump's Twitter feed

How a Michigan election map with false information went viral and landed in Trump's Twitter feed

(CNN Business)"WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?" President Trump asked in a tweet on Wednesday morning. He had shared an image of an electoral map of Michigan that purported to show an unexplained jump overnight in the number of returned ballots in the state. The charge: According to the data in the map, 138,000 ballots had come in out of nowhere, and all of them were for Biden.The claim had been going viral in parts of the right all morning. A headline on one right-wing website read, "Voter Fraud in Michigan -- Massive Dump of Over 200,000 Ballots for Biden All the Sudden Appear Overnight." At...

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October 29, 2020
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The story behind West Virginia's 'no coronavirus' statistic

The story behind West Virginia's 'no coronavirus' statistic

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Carolyn Vigil was lying in bed next to her husband when she first saw the meme. It noted , and jokingly pleaded for its people to hang on. She remembers it so well because it's the day her husband James began to feel sick in their Shepherdstown home in the West Virginia panhandle. Her husband was sick from Covid-19. But her "coronavirus-free" state wasn't set up to test him.He would become the state's Patient #1. They didn't know it then, of course, nor did anyone else. But in the following days...

March 21, 2020
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75,000 Americans at risk of dying from overdose or suicide due to coronavirus despair, group warns

75,000 Americans at risk of dying from overdose or suicide due to coronavirus despair, group warns

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)As many as 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis conducted by the national public health group Well Being Trust.The group is sounding the alarm that the growing unemployment crisis, economic downturns and stress caused by isolation and lack of a definitive end date for the pandemic could significantly increase so-called "deaths of despair" unless local, state and federal authorities take...

April 3, 2020
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