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Author: TheGuardian

Loyalty is a two-way street: Black voters in Wisconsin plan to remind Democrats about election promises

Three months ago, a Kenosha police officer shot my nephew, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back in front of his children. Jacob was rushed to the hospital, where for days he was shackled to his bed, only to find he’d been paralyzed from the waist down. The officer who shot him, Rusten Sheskey, has yet to be charged with a crime and is currently on paid administrative leave. Days after the shooting, Donald Trump came and went, showing little empathy for our family, and calling for a violent crackdown on protests for racial justice. The press, too, came...

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Flight Risk: GOP donors help Kyle Rittenhouse get out of Kenosha jail after funding $2M bail

A 17-year-old from Illinois who is charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin and whose case has become a rallying cry for some conservatives posted $2m bail on November 20 and was released from custody. Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration on August 25 that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. He posted bond through his attorney at about 2:00 p.m., Kenosha county sheriff’s Sgt. David Wright said. His case has taken on political overtones. Supporters of the Black Lives...

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Dictatorship over Democracy: Concerns grow over Trump staging a coup as he refuses to concede election loss

Trump refuses to acknowledge Biden’s win, but experts say there is not a constitutional path forward for him to remain president. Joe Biden won the presidential election, a fact that Donald Trump and other Republicans refuse to acknowledge. There are worries the president and other Republicans will make every effort to stay in power. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” said Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state. William Barr, the attorney general, has also authorized federal prosecutors to begin to investigate election irregularities, a move that prompted the head of the justice department’s election...

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Rightwing Violence: White Supremacist groups found behind most of this year’s domestic terror attacks

White supremacists and other rightwing extremists have been responsible for 67% of domestic terror attacks and plots so far this year, with at least half of that violence targeting protesters, according to a new analysis from a centrist thinktank. The report found only a single deadly “far-left” attack in 2020, the shooting of Aaron Danielson, a rightwing activist, by a self-described “anti-fascist” during a protest in Portland this August. Experts on extremism said this was the first killing linked to an anti-fascist in the United States in 25 years. Violent rightwing actors were responsible for 41 politically motivated attacks...

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The Rot Runs Deep: A new president will not be enough to repair the Greatest Democracy

The good news is that Donald Trump has been voted out of the White House. The bad news is that Trump was not a unique, aberrant threat to American democracy; it was already broken so deeply and in so many ways that no single election can possibly repair the damage. Even with a Biden administration, the worsening structural inequities embedded in the nation for centuries – and cynically exploited by Republicans to govern with narrow minority support – will still be with us. They are embodied in institutions such as the electoral college, which elected Trump in 2016 despite...

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The White Right: Facebook has become the platform of choice for domestic terrorists

In a year of escalating political violence in the United States, Facebook has served as a key organizing tool for violent extremists. An alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was planned in part on Facebook, with one leader of the scheme broadcasting a video of his frustrations with Whitmer to a private Facebook group, and participants later sharing footage of their paramilitary exercises and bomb-making training, according to an FBI affidavit. A related Michigan militia group facing terrorism charges also used Facebook to recruit new members, according to the Michigan state police. Before Michigan, there was...

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