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Author: TheGuardian

Money Hustling: Trump proves that sedition, treason, and conspiracy theories are pretty profitable

Donald Trump’s penchant for turning his political and legal troubles into fundraising schemes has long been recognized, but the former US president’s money hustling tricks seem to have expanded since his defeat by Joe Biden, prompting new scrutiny and criticism from campaign finance watchdogs and legal analysts. Critics note Trump has built an arsenal of political committees and nonprofit groups, staffed with dozens of ex-administration officials and loyalists, which seem aimed at sustaining his political hopes for a comeback, and exacting revenge on Republican congressional critics. These groups have been aggressive in raising money through at times misleading appeals...

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20 Years after 9/11: The real threat to freedom and democracy is from America’s violent far right

On 6 January, a mob including White Supremacists and far-right militants stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. The attack followed mass shootings by white supremacists, like in El Paso in 2019 and a Pittsburgh synagogue the year before, and public violence by far-right militants at rallies across the country since Donald Trump’s election. The Biden administration now seeks to turn the attention of the post-9/11 counterterrorism enterprise toward “domestic violent extremists.” But in making this shift, it is vital that we learn from our mistakes rather than simply repeating them. Already officials are...

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Making pregnancy a crime: The Texas abortion law is just part of the Republican’s War on Democracy

The American right has been drunk on its freedom from two kinds of inhibition since Donald Trump appeared to guide them into the promised land, and unleashed the impulsive part of their psyche. One that was free of the inhibition to lie, the other from a restraint for violence. Both are ways members of civil society normally limit their own actions out of respect for the rights of others and the collective good. Those already strained limits have snapped for leading Republican figures, from Tucker Carlson on Fox News to Ted Cruz in the Senate and for their followers....

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When publicly funded Christian schools use rightwing textbooks to teach slavery as just Black immigration

One history textbook exclusively refers to immigrants as “aliens.” Another blames the Black Lives Matter movement for strife between communities and police officers. A third discusses the prevalence of “Black supremacist” organizations during the Civil Rights movement, calling Malcolm X the most prominent “Black supremacist” of the era. Legislatures and boards of education around the United States are currently engaging in acrimonious battles about how issues of race and equity are taught in public K-12 classrooms. It is the latest culture war in a decades-long fight around whose stories and contributions get highlighted in school. But largely left out...

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Milwaukee doctor among hucksters peddling the livestock deworming drug ivermectin to prevent COVID

Ahead of full authorization of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a simple message for Americans contemplating using ivermectin, a medicine used to deworm livestock, instead of getting a COVID shot. “You are not a horse,” it said. “You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” As with other purported alternative treatments for COVID-19, misinformation about ivermectin has spread on social media and through rightwing media and politicians. In July, Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary biologist, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson: “[If] ivermectin is what those of us who have looked at...

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Giannis Antetokounmpo buys a stake in the Milwaukee Brewers in return for the city’s investment in him

One month after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title in half a century, Giannis Antetokounmpo teamed up with the city’s other major pro sports franchise by joining the ownership group of the Milwaukee Brewers. Antetokounmpo modeled a Brewers jersey with No 34, the same number he wears on the basketball court, at an August 20 news conference. Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio joked that he wondered whether president of baseball operations David Stearns might want to try out the 6ft 11in forward at first base. “Man, this is unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said. “This is a dream come...

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