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Wait, do blue lives matter? How Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys turned on the police

Wait, do blue lives matter? How Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys turned on the police

January 22, 2021 8:35PM (UTC)Pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys march in front of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.--A leader of the Proud Boys who was charged on Wednesday for his role in the Capitol riot boasts an arrest record that includes an assault on an officer of the peace, and on Jan. 6 led a mob of his fellow members as the right-wing man-centric gang turned on the police. He also has a history of encouraging sexual violence, and dined with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at former President Trump's Washington hotel.A since-deleted Instagram post...

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Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his "experience as an Army Ranger" — but he didn't have any

Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his "experience as an Army Ranger" — but he didn't have any

January 23, 2021 12:20AM (UTC)Tom Cotton--Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has accrued a resume tailor-made for a Republican politician: He leapt from a small-town Arkansas cattle farm to Harvard University and then Harvard Law School; he left a leading New York firm to join the military after George W. Bush's re-election; he was discharged after nearly eight years and two war-zone deployments as an Army captain and hero — including two commendation medals, a Bronze Star and a Ranger tab.But when Cotton launched his first congressional campaign in 2012, he felt compelled to repeatedly...

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Texas lawyer fired after Capitol riot files ambitious suit: Dissolve Congress, don't arrest him

Texas lawyer fired after Capitol riot files ambitious suit: Dissolve Congress, don't arrest him

January 22, 2021 10:00AM (UTC)Paul Davis live-streaming during the Capitol Riot on January 6th, 2021.--Texas attorney Paul Davis, who was fired earlier this month after posting several Instagram videos of himself on the front lines at the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, filed an impressively grandiose  in federal court on Monday, requesting that Congress disappear entirely and that nearly everyone who holds high office in the United States, along with Mark Zuckerberg, be barred from ever seeking election or voting again. He also asked the court to tell the Justice Department and FBI not to arrest...

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Trump family reportedly investing in far-right OANN, "aiming to take down" Fox News

Trump family reportedly investing in far-right OANN, "aiming to take down" Fox News

May 6, 2020 9:00AM (UTC)Donald Trump--Roger Sollenberger is a staff writer at Salon. Follow him on Twitter .MORE FROM•FOLLOW

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Amid donor blowback, Josh Hawley's fundraising problems get even more complicated

Amid donor blowback, Josh Hawley's fundraising problems get even more complicated

January 20, 2021 10:00AM (UTC)Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push baseless claims of voter fraud during the presidential election, which Chris Krebs called the most secure in American history.--The , R-Mo., received a  from the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday for failing to disclose its affiliation with two joint fundraising committees. The notice comes as a...

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How two friends' farcical, failed schemes ended with the biggest fail of all: Stop the Steal

How two friends' farcical, failed schemes ended with the biggest fail of all: Stop the Steal

January 19, 2021 11:00AM (UTC)A Stop The Steal is posted inside of the Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. 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.--In January 2013, a 26-year-old right-wing blogger named Ali Akbar joined the campaign of Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston, South Carolina, city...

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Alt-right media personality Nick DeCarlo admits raiding Capitol, says "maybe" he spat on police

Alt-right media personality Nick DeCarlo admits raiding Capitol, says "maybe" he spat on police

January 15, 2021 10:00AM (UTC)Members of the Proud Boys join Donald Trump supporters as they protest the election outside the Colorado State Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Trump supporters gathered at state capitals across the country to protest todays ratification of Joe Bidens Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.--The night after the siege on the U.S. Capitol, alt-right personality Nick DeCarlo (aka Dick Necarlo) recounted in great detail in a live-streamed  posted to Facebook that he had raided the home of American democracy alongside Nick...

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Stop the Steal denied inciting violence: Now its leader wants to "bring hell" to his enemies

Stop the Steal denied inciting violence: Now its leader wants to "bring hell" to his enemies

January 14, 2021 12:30AM (UTC)Vernon Jones, Democratic Party member of the Georgia House of Representatives along with and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Ali Alexander organizer for Stop the Steal gather at the Georgia Capitol Building on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Atlanta, GA.--In the aftermath of last week's , Ali Alexander, , rejected any that flowed naturally from his event in Washington on Wednesday."I didn't incite anything," Alexander claimed in a video shared to Twitter on Friday. "I didn't do anything."Hours after the riot, Alexander said bluntly: "I do not denounce this."It's...

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Mark Meadows could face criminal exposure for his role in Trump's Georgia phone call

Mark Meadows could face criminal exposure for his role in Trump's Georgia phone call

January 13, 2021 11:00AM (UTC)White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows walks along the South Lawn before President Donald Trump departs from the White House on October 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.--In the wake of last Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, President Trump is to have compiled a lengthy list of  potential subjects of presidential pardons, including top aides, outside advisers, family members, rappers and other celebrities, and himself. Among those on the list is current White House Chief of Staff and former North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows, who has so far not been accused...

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"Fort Trump": President wants to rename base honoring Confederate general for himself

"Fort Trump": President wants to rename base honoring Confederate general for himself

January 6, 2021 3:19AM (UTC)Donald Trump | The Confederate Flag | Mt. Rushmore--With a little more than two weeks left in his presidency,  suggested at a , that when the Department of Defense, against his wishes, eventually honoring a Confederate hero, the base should be renamed after him."Give me a couple of names," Trump asked the crowd, when fishing for a new name for Fort Benning. Someone volunteered "Fort Trump," an idea that the Polish government once , apparently in earnest."Fort Trump! Yeah, how about that? I like that. Yeah, let's change the name. Let's change it. Kelly [Loeffler],...

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Kelly Loeffler's new Facebook ad darkens skin of Raphael Warnock, her Black opponent

Kelly Loeffler's new Facebook ad darkens skin of Raphael Warnock, her Black opponent

January 5, 2021 12:02AM (UTC)Kelly Loeffler, in front of two screenshots of Raphael Warnock from her negative campaigns--Sen. , R-Ga., ran a paid Facebook ad last week that artificially  of her Democratic opponent, the Rev. , who is Black. In fact, the campaign used two of the same clips in their original form for another Facebook ad that ran the same day, but  boosting the version in which Warnock appeared darker.According to the Facebook Ad Library, on Dec. 29 the Loeffler campaign spent between $3,000 and $3,500 on an ad called  and dropped between $40,000 and $45,000 on a second, more...

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Rep. Matt Gaetz praises Trump's possibly criminal phone call as "clear and visceral"

Rep. Matt Gaetz praises Trump's possibly criminal phone call as "clear and visceral"

January 4, 2021 9:50PM (UTC)Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump--A few major Republican officials have spoken out against President Trump's threats made to Georgia election officials in  over the weekend. Democrats have already described the call as an "impeachable offense" and the state's top GOP election official — Trump's principal target — said it might result in an investigation by the district attorney of Fulton County, which includes Atlanta. But Rep. , a Florida Republican and one of Trump's most stalwart congressional supporters, instead  for his honesty."Stream-of-consciousness Trump is...

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Kelly Loeffler's extensive ties to the energy sector suggest major conflict of interest

Kelly Loeffler's extensive ties to the energy sector suggest major conflict of interest

January 1, 2021 11:00AM (UTC)U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks at a Defend The Majority campaign event attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on December 17, 2020 in Columbus, Georgia.--In August 2019, just weeks before Sen. Johnny Isakson, a third-term Georgia Republican, announced his surprise retirement following a kidney cancer diagnosis, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shared the head table at a 4H fundraiser gala with two titans of Atlanta's finance scene: Jeffrey Sprecher, whose company, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owns the New York Stock Exchange; and Sprecher's wife, Kelly...

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Kelly Loeffler makes mysterious last-minute donation to her own campaign

Kelly Loeffler makes mysterious last-minute donation to her own campaign

December 31, 2020 10:47PM (UTC)U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler--Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., the unelected multimillionaire facing a tight runoff against Democratic rival Rev. Raphael Warnock next week, has submitted a number of irregular last-minute contribution reports with the Federal Election Commission, failing to disclose employment information for hundreds of donors in the final weeks of the campaign. For some donors, the reports show what appears to be misleading information about their employer or their position — including lobbyists and executives — some of them with notable names or...

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Ben Sasse calls fellow Republicans "institutional arsonists" for Electoral College stunt

Ben Sasse calls fellow Republicans "institutional arsonists" for Electoral College stunt

December 31, 2020 9:22PM (UTC)U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)--Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called on his fellow GOP colleagues to "reject" any  the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory, writing in a Wednesday night Facebook post that Republican plans to overturn the Electoral College were a "dangerous ploy" pushed by"Having been in private conversation with two dozen of my colleagues over the past few weeks, it seems useful to explain in public why I will not be participating in a project to overturn the election — and why I have been urging my colleagues also to reject...

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Attorney for Blackwater murder victim: Trump's pardons "a slap in the face" to U.S. justice

Attorney for Blackwater murder victim: Trump's pardons "a slap in the face" to U.S. justice

December 29, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)Pete Hegseth, Donald Trump and Erik Prince--With in his presidency, President on Tuesday whose convictions for had in recent years become a right-wing rallying cry.One of the contractors, Nicholas Slatten, was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, and the others — Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty and Paul Slough — had each been sentenced to between 12 and 15 years for voluntary manslaughter. Their convictions came after the largest and most expensive federal investigation since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.The accompanying White House , which...

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Bill Barr Accused of Arresting Impeachment Witnesses to Shield Trump

Bill Barr Accused of Arresting Impeachment Witnesses to Shield Trump

ShareEconomy & LaborEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthPrisons & PolicingPolitics & ElectionsLev Parnas, a former business associate of Rudy Giuliani, made explosive allegations against outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr in a federal court filing on Tuesday. Parnas, who is under indictment for campaign finance violations and fraud charges, has accused Barr of timing his arrest last fall in order to prevent him from testifying at House impeachment hearings last fall.The motion was filed in the Southern District of New York by attorneys for Parnas, a Ukrainian-born...

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Mark Meadows has skeletons in the closet — dinosaur skeletons, to be precise

Mark Meadows has skeletons in the closet — dinosaur skeletons, to be precise

December 27, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)Mark Meadows, Jesus and Dinosaurs--Last week, , a right-wing Georgia attorney who has recently inserted himself into Donald Trump's , attacked White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for reportedly shooting down a number of harebrained, illegal strategies to hijack victory floated in . (Wood also , the young man accused of shooting three people, killing two of them, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.) "Someone needs to do a deep dive on @MarkMeadows," Wood  on Twitter. "I have heard there are some serious skeletons."In a sense, Wood is...

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Loeffler didn't disclose top donors own multibillion-dollar company cited for illegal hiring scheme

Loeffler didn't disclose top donors own multibillion-dollar company cited for illegal hiring scheme

December 25, 2020 12:02AM (UTC)U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler--Georgia's unelected Republican Sen. received several recent  from ten members of the Asplundh family, which owns the eponymous Pennsylvania-based utility and infrastructure clearing company, as well as from the company's president, according to two  with the Federal Election Commission. However, the Loeffler campaign filings did not fulfill the federal agency's requirement to report who employed those donors. Their company,  Asplundh Tree Expert Co., a Pennsylvania-based tree trimming company, notably settled after a Department of...

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Trump met with Pence before calling on the vice president to thwart the Electoral College: report

Trump met with Pence before calling on the vice president to thwart the Electoral College: report

December 24, 2020 10:06PM (UTC)Donald Trump and Mike Pence--Just before President  shared a tweet calling for Vice President to "act" against the Senate's coming ratification of , he reportedly met for more than an hour with his second-in-command, CNN reported.While a person familiar with the events told CNN that the Oval Office discussion was "entirely unrelated" to the demand in the tweet, the person declined to say if the ratification issue came up. Trump soon left town for Mar-a-Lago, reportedly still obsessed with overturning his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. On the flight to Palm...

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Trump will do anything for Saudi crown prince, but won't call U.S. victims of Saudi terrorism

Trump will do anything for Saudi crown prince, but won't call U.S. victims of Saudi terrorism

December 24, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump--One year ago, three U.S. servicemen were killed in a terrorist attackby an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, who had been coordinating with al-Qaida operatives for years while completing a pilot training program They are also still waiting for Trump himself, or anyone in the administration, to contact them.Now the Trump administration is reportedly whether to grant Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman legal immunity from a federal lawsuit accusing him of targeting a former...

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NY Attorney General subpoenas pro-Trump troll Jacob Wohl for voter suppression scheme

NY Attorney General subpoenas pro-Trump troll Jacob Wohl for voter suppression scheme

December 23, 2020 9:37PM (UTC)Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman--The New York Attorney General's office has issued subpoenas to right-wing trolls Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 58, in connection to an alleged voter-intimidation  scheme that has already led to in Ohio and Michigan, as well as filed in the Southern District of New York.The three subpoenas, each signed Dec. 22 and obtained by Salon, target Wohl, Burkman and Burkman's consulting firm, Burkman & Associates. Prosecutors are seeking information about who funded the robocalls, including about the source of funds in the firm's Bank of...

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Jared Kushner signed off on secret payments to top campaign officials, source says

Jared Kushner signed off on secret payments to top campaign officials, source says

December 22, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)Jason Miller and Jared Kushner--Top White House adviser on keeping salary payments to top campaign officials , according to a person involved with the arrangements.Federal Election Commission records show that the Trump campaign has made no salary payments , who came on board in June, or to  Bill Stepien, who joined the campaign in late 2018 and took over the top job from  in July. Kushner agreed to both arrangements, and personally directed the payments to Miller, the person involved said.While the Trump campaign has  $20,000 monthly salary payments to chief...

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Bill Barr breaks with Trump over Russia

Bill Barr breaks with Trump over Russia

December 22, 2020 12:48AM (UTC)Bill Barr--At a press conference on Monday, outgoing Attorney General  became the latest senior official to link the Russian government to  against U.S. federal agencies, even as President Donald Trump downplays the hack and to shift focus . the hack on , or "Cozy Bear," a Russian intelligence cyber unit that had targeted Democratic National Committee systems in 2016. Over the last week it was revealed that perhaps as far back as 2019, hackers hijacked an update in a piece of commercial software sold by Texas company SolarWinds to a number of Fortune...

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Kelly Loeffler says she uses private jet to save taxpayers, but took publicly-funded flights

Kelly Loeffler says she uses private jet to save taxpayers, but took publicly-funded flights

December 21, 2020 11:00AM (UTC)U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks at a Defend The Majority campaign event attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on December 17, 2020 in Columbus, Georgia.--Three days after  broke a story in which a spokesperson for Sen. , R-Ga., said  the unelected Republican took a  commercial flight from Atlanta to Washington. Three days later, she took another one home.In all, Loeffler has taken at least two dozen taxpayer-backed commercial flights between back and forth to Washington after claiming her personal airplane was an asset that benefited the people she...

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