At the center of the New York Times reporting are Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, photographed here in Las Vegas for a 2020 Democratic primary debate. "They had insinuated themselves into the fabric of progressive movements in the West," the paper reports. (Photo: Screenshot via the Times)
Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Republicans

Right-wing ‘spies’ with deep pockets infiltrated Democratic Party across West

‘This Is Bonkers’ “Wyoming’s far-right promotes tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories,” said one of the operation’s targets. “It makes sense that they would use spies to try to attack their opposition or uncover some imagined liberal plot.” by…

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Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Politics

Facebook let pro-Trump group pose as leftists to split Democratic vote

Republican Troll Farm in Phoenix “This is a story about Facebook, the FEC, and broken systems,” said a former Facebook employee. “Now it’s time for the FEC to prove that perverting justice has consequences.” by Julia…

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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Donald Trump heads back into the elevator at Trump Tower on January 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in News Politics

New York AG announces Trump Organization probe is now a criminal investigation

“This is huge,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 19, 2021   The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced late Tuesday that it has…

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Posted in Analysis world

As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

Israeli-arabs gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11. Oren Ziv/picture alliance via Getty ImagesJames L. Gelvin, University of California, Los…

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Lawyers were stopped while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and questioned by counterterrorism agents. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Pro Publica

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit. The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known. by Dara Lind  …

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

120+ Retired US Generals and Admirals pen ‘disturbing’ letter parroting Trump election lies

“This should bust the myth that generals automatically deserve our respect,” said Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 12, 2021   More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals…

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Then-U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool via Getty Images)
Posted in Abuse of power First Amendment Freedom of the Press News

‘Direct attack on the First Amendment’: Trump DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post journalists’ phone records

“When the government spies on journalists and their sources, it jeopardizes freedom of the press,” said the ACLU. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer   Advocates for press freedom responded with outrage after the Washington Post reported…

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A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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Construction championed by then-President Donald Trump continued on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on January 12, 2021 in Sasabe, Arizona. (Photo: Micah Garen/Getty Images)
Posted in Biden Administration Border Wall News

Biden cancels Trump border wall projects using diverted funds

“Now they must commit to restoring protected public lands and sacred sites, and tearing down sections of wall.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer May 1, 2021   Advocacy groups and politicians on Friday welcomed the Pentagon’s…

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A crowd listen to speeches for racial justice in Portland, Oregon on July 23, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Health News Policing Women

Hundreds say menstrual cycles impacted after exposure to police tear gas at Oregon protests

“This isn’t a coincidence. Something’s going on,” said one person who was exposed. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, April 29, 2021   Hundreds of people reported in a new study that they experienced abnormal menstrual…

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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, looks down ahead of an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.
Posted in Dirty Tricks News Politics

Federal agents execute search warrant for Giuliani, signaling turning point in probe into Ukraine dealings

“A judge had to conclude that there was probable cause that evidence of crime(s) would be found there” in order to allow the search of Giuliani’s home. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, April 28, 2021…

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National Guard soldiers patrol the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on March 6. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica

6 Questions officials still haven’t answered after weeks of hearings on the Capitol attack

More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters.   by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua…

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Posted in Columns Republicans Wade Rathke

Grand Old Party (GOP) vs. Party of Trump (POT)

by Wade Rathke March 10, 2021 New Orleans    No matter what, it seems that when we are talking about Trump, it’s all about the money. In the latest stop on his revenge tour, his lawyers…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Voter suppression

After a wave of violent threats against election workers, Georgia sees few arrests

For nearly a year, election administrators across the country weathered the pandemic while facing attacks and threats — leading many officials to resign or retire. In Georgia, little was done to prevent it from happening again….

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News

Trump-appointed judge strikes down pandemic eviction moratorium

‘The CDC Must Appeal Immediately’ The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, February 26, 2021 A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas on…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Georgia reveals the Trump Tribute

by Wade Rathke February 24, 2021 Atlanta     Big news in Atlanta was the seeming flipflop by former Senator David Perdue on his commitment to run in two years to reclaim the seat he recently lost…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Why we can’t make vaccine doses any faster

President Biden has promised enough doses for all American adults by this summer. There’s not much even the Defense Production Act can do to deliver doses before then. by Isaac Arnsdorf and Ryan Gabrielson February 21,…

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Posted in Columns Impeachment Insurrection 2021 Wade Rathke

Inciting to riot

by Wade Rathke February 15, 2021 Pearl River    Predictably, former President Trump was acquitted in his latest impeachment trial. It has always been important to him to set records, and he notched a couple of…

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Posted in Impeachment

Sinema, Kelly vote to convict, as Senate acquits Trump of incitement

by Staff reporters, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C.    Arizona’s senators joined all Democrats and a handful of Republicans Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to convict former President Donald Trump in a historic…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: Defense to deliver rebuttal on Day 4 of Impeachment Trial after Dems dub Trump ‘Inciter-in-Chief’

Over three days, House impeachment managers shared graphic footage of the U.S. Capitol attack and compelling testimony alongside arguments that conviction is essential to thwarting future insurrection attempts. by Common Dreams staff Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in News Right Wing Militias

‘Looks like Trump wasn’t playing around’: President was told Pence in danger just minutes before twitter attack on VP

Latest revelation could be put to use by Democratic impeachment managers. And as one observer put it, “When the jurors are also witnesses, strange things happen.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, February 11, 2021 Revelations…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: On day two of Trump Trial, House Dems set to unveil new footage of ‘extreme violence’

The new footage, said one Democratic aide, “shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 9:30 am – MST Hours after the Senate reaffirmed the constitutionality…

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