A U.S. Postal Service mailer that is being sent to millions of American households ahead of the November election. (Photo: PolitiFact)
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Warning ‘patently false’ information ‘will sow confusion,’ federal judge blocks Postal Service from sending mailers to Colorado voters

“The USPS must stop sending misinformation to Colorado voters,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, September 13 A federal judge late Saturday ordered the U.S. Postal Service to immediately…

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Tennessee to strip right to vote from protesters

‘If our votes didn’t matter they wouldn’t work so hard to silence us.’ ‘This is the Opposite of What Americans Fought a Revolution For’ by Common Dreams staff Sunday, August 23, 2020 Tennessee protesters will face…

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Mail clerks sort packages at a USPS Processing and Distribution Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in City of Industry, California. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Alarms sound after Postal Worker reports removal of sorting machines

The removal of key equipment from Post Offices should be viewed as nothing less than “sabotage,” said one observer. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, August 12 The head of the Iowa Postal Workers Union alleged…

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Trump and Barr to deploy more Federal Agents to US cities – Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico,

‘Abuse of Power’ “In case you were wondering, this is precisely what fascism looks like.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday afternoon that the…

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Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency)
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Trump threat to unleash Secret Police in other US cities is scheme to ‘Steal the November election’

“The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20 Amid…

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Trump seizes on Bush-era torture memo author John Yoo’s call for Extralegal Executive Authority

‘Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy’ “There is a lot of continuity between the Bush and Trump administration, including an almost limitless view of executive power.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Progressives are raising alarm after news Sunday…

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Senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump poses with a can of Goya beans. Critics charged she violated ethics rules. (Image: Ivanka Trump/Twitter)
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Critics say Goya Bean tweet by Ivanka is clear ethics breach

“Si es Trump, tiene que ser corrupto,” “Ethics rules do not allow” such behavior, noted one political reporter, calling the tweet “pretty much unimaginable in previous administrations.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 15 Critics…

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Ousted IG says State Dept. tried to bully him into dropping Saudi arms probe

“Mr. Linick addressed head-on the shifting justifications that administration officials have provided to the press for his termination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, Jun 10 Recently ousted State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was carrying…

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Militias evaluate beliefs, action as President threatens soldiers in the streets

Constitutionalists say they fear – a forceful expansion of government power against its people. But most militia groups have been silent. To date, only a few have made any sort of public statement. Members of militia…

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New York Supreme Court Judge rules protesters can be detained indefinitely

“This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected a petition seeking the immediate…

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Shipments of masks destined for major cities across the U.S. were seized by law enforcement without any explanation. (Photo: Movement-Ink/Instagram)
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Law enforcement seizes thousands of masks sent to help protect protesters from coronavirus

“It appears they want to ensure that people who protest are susceptible to the same deadly pandemic that they have failed miserably at stopping.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 In an effort to…

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Trump Condemned as Busloads of US Soldiers Arrive in Nation’s capital: ‘What authoritarianism looks like’

“The numbers of U.S. military security forces in D.C. right now is just ridiculous. This is pure intimidation. Trump is very afraid. The longer we stay in the streets, the more frightened he gets.”   by…

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Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News June 2, 2020 In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five…

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Posted in Abuse of power Justice Policing The Conversation US Military

Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

Teaching cops to think like soldiers and learn how to kill has been part of a training program popular among some police officers. Sheriffs deputies in riot gear move in on protesters in Los Angeles, California….

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Warnings of domestic military threat as top US General walks DC streets in combat fatigues

‘This Isn’t a Healthy Democracy’ “The commander of the joint chiefs is surveying the streets of D.C. in uniform like he’s planning a military assault.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 2 Why was U.S….

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From ‘No comment’ to ‘Didn’t really see it’: GOP lawmakers squirm when asked about Trump threat to unleash military on protesting Americans

“This was the same response in Nazi Germany.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, June 2 “Didn’t really see it.” “I don’t have any comment on that.” “Sorry, I’m late for lunch.” These were but a…

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After Trump’s authoritarian ‘law and order’ speech, military helicopters descend low over DC to intimidate protesters

Dancers of Death “Unleashing state violence against peaceful American demonstrators and journalists to create a photo-op is a violation of the president’s oath to defend the Constitution.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 2 Hours…

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Trump tells Governors to ‘use the military’ and throw demonstrators in jail ‘for 10 years’

by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, June 1 This is a developing news story… Check back for possible updates… President Donald Trump ripped U.S. governors in a conference call Monday morning for failing to do enough…

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator drone like the one reportedly flown over Minneapolis. (Image: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)
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US Border Patrol denounced for using predator drone to spy on Minneapolis protests

This is a “Rogue Agency”  “This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, May 29 Civil…

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Barr accused of ‘capturing Justice System’ for benefit of Trump as DOJ drops case against Michael Flynn

  “Fairness, independence, and the rule of law are principles that have no meaning to Barr. This is a dark day for the Justice Department.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, May 7 Government watchdogs on…

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