Will the Jan. 6 Committee Finally Bring Down the Cult of Trump?

“I don’t f-ing care that they have weapons” — words that should jolt some of his faithful into deprogramming.

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Why Did Republicans Become So Extreme?

It’s all about resentment of what makes America great.

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The Leader of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Returns

Three posts on Friday night signaled the resurfacing of a figure who used a variety of conspiracy theories to marshal support for Donald J. Trump.

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‘So the Traitors Know the Stakes’: The Meaning of the Jan. 6 Gallows

Little is known about how a gallows came to be built near the Capitol, but the motif has become a favorite among right-wing extremists and white supremacists.

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Jan. 6 Committee Hearing: Heroes and Villains

Even some of the president’s closest allies knew his Big Lie was a lie. But it’s the Jan. 6 congressional committee bringing the truth to light.

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Do You Know Someone Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories? We Want to Hear About It.

Share your experience if you, a friend or a family member believes or once believed in a popular conspiracy theory.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #internal-open-access, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states

Racist and Violent Ideas Jump From Web’s Fringes to Mainstream Sites

Despite some efforts by the largest tech companies to limit the spread of hateful content, it often remains only a click or two away.

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Lawyer Who Plotted to Overturn Trump Loss Recruits Election Deniers to Watch Over the Vote

A central figure in the scheme to reverse the 2020 election is mobilizing grass-roots activists into an “army of citizens” trained to aggressively monitor elections.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mitchell-cleta, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters

Musk and Bezo Show the Perils of Plutocratic Pettiness

Technology titans are missing that old adulation.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ellison-lawrence-j, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #musk-elon, #orban-viktor, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tesla-motors-inc, #twitter

What Oprah Winfrey Knows About American History That Tucker Carlson Doesn’t

It is possible to opt out of far-right co-optation.

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House, Acting After Buffalo Rampage, Moves to Combat Domestic Terrorism

Democrats advanced the legislation on a nearly party-line vote, but with Republicans opposed, it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

#buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Has Uncorked a ‘Toxic Blend of Extremist Orientations’

The MAGA formula was “a white Christian nationalist strategy from the beginning.”

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The Right’s Violence Problem

The Buffalo killings are part of a pattern: Most extremist violence in the U.S. comes from the political right.

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Biden Heads to Buffalo to Mourn Shooting Victims

The challenge for a president who came to office preaching unity may be how to take on those preaching hate.

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Anne Applebaum on What Liberals Misunderstand About Authoritarianism

The writer discusses what Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” reveals about the fragility of liberal democracy.

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The Buffalo Shooting Was Not a Random Act of Violence

The Buffalo killings are an extreme expression of a worldview that has become increasingly central to the identity of the Republican Party.

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Georgia Candidates Try to Outdo One Another on ‘Woke Mob’ in Schools

In the Georgia governor’s race, Republicans have made the supposed indoctrination of children their focus.

#debates-political, #elections-governors, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #republican-party

What to Know About Tucker Carlson’s Rise

A Times examination of the host’s career and singular influence at Fox News shows how his trajectory traces the transformation of American conservatism itself.

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Antisemitism Increased Under Trump. Then It Got Even Worse.

The worldwide growth of a social crisis.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #hate-speech, #jews-and-judaism, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #zionism

Emmanuel Macron Defeats Marine Le Pen for Second Term as French President

The result was a relief to allies in Europe and Washington wary of a far-right challenger who was hostile to the European Union and NATO.

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How Hated Is Macron? It Could Decide the French Election.

Given the choice between a president they suspect of despising ordinary people and a far-right candidate they detest, many French voters may stay home.

#amiens-france, #argenteuil-france, #avignon-france, #elections, #france, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #le-pen-jean-marie, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #voting-and-voters

In Call Before Jan. 6 Riot, a Plea to ‘Descend on the Capitol’

Days before Jan. 6, a onetime aide to Roger J. Stone Jr. told Trump backers to make lawmakers meeting to finalize the 2020 election results feel that “people are breathing down their necks.”

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Macron Sets Out to Build a ‘Dam’ Against Le Pen. Can It Hold?

After Sunday’s vote, when nearly a third of ballots went to the extreme right, a united front of mainstream voters looked more precarious than ever.

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Macron to Face Le Pen for President as French Gravitate Toward Extremes

President Emmanuel Macron and the hard-right leader Marine Le Pen will compete for a second time in a runoff on April 24.

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Pro-Trump Rally Planner Is Cooperating in Justice Dept.’s Jan. 6 Inquiry

Ali Alexander, who was a key figure in the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he had received a grand jury subpoena and would assist the expanding investigation.

#alexander-ali-ali-abdul-akbar, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #justice-department, #project-democracy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Marine Le Pen Threatens to Upend French Elections

The far-right presidential candidate has opened up about her personal life and tweaked her policies to gain sympathy and credibility among more mainstream voters.

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Even Before France Votes, the French Right Is a Big Winner

The dominance of right-wing ideas in France’s presidential election campaign follows years of cultural wars waged successfully by conservatives on television, in social media and in think tanks.

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Why Are Adults Falling for the ‘Furries’ Myth?

The culture war is also a generational war. 

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Robert Malone Spreads Falsehoods About Vaccines. He Also Says He Invented Some.

Dr. Robert Malone says he helped invent mRNA vaccines and has been wronged for decades. Now he’s spreading unfounded claims about the vaccines and the virus.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #malone-robert-1959, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Right’s Disney Freakout

How the company got mired in a moral panic.

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New Focus on How a Trump Tweet Incited Far-Right Groups Before Jan. 6

Federal prosecutors and congressional investigators are documenting how the former president’s “Be there, will be wild!” post became a catalyst for militants before the Capitol assault.

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Rumble, the Right’s Go-To Video Site, Has Much Bigger Ambitions

The company, supported by Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and other prominent conservatives, wants to help build a “new internet” independent from Silicon Valley’s titans.

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Why Vladimir Putin Invokes Nazis to Justify His Invasion of Ukraine

The language of Russia’s invasion has been dominated by the word “Nazi” — a puzzling assertion about a country whose leader is Jewish.

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In Whitmer Kidnapping Trial, Lawyers Debate Over Defendants’ Words

The proceedings that began last week test the government’s ability to root out violent extremism at home.

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Former Proud Boys Leader Indicted in Jan. 6 Investigation

A federal grand jury charged Enrique Tarrio with conspiracy in the Capitol attack last year, making him the second leader of a far-right group to face charges in the past several months.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tarrio-enrique, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alex Jones and Donald Trump: A Fateful Alliance Draws Scrutiny

The Infowars host tormented Sandy Hook families and helped elect President Donald J. Trump. His role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is now of growing interest to congressional investigators.

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In Greene and Boebert, Democrats See a Helpful Political Target

The antics of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, as well as recent stumbles by Republicans, have drawn unflattering attention to their party.

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Twitch Says It Will Bar Chronic Spreaders of Misinformation

The new policy will take down channels that persistently lie about vaccines and election fraud, as well as Russian state-run media.

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New Zealand Police Move to End Protest, and Violence Erupts

Fires and violence at a protest opposing vaccine mandates were a rare sight in a country known for its relative serenity and stability.

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G.O.P. Leaders Condemn Lawmakers’ Appearance at White Nationalist Conference

The participation of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar at a far-right event renewed calls for Republican leaders to root out extremism in their party.

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G.O.P. Lawmakers’ Appearance at White Nationalist Conference Draws Rebuke

The participation of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar at a far-right event renewed calls for Republican leaders to root out extremism in their party.

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In Germany, Threats Grow as Far Right and Pandemic Protestors Merge

In the former Communist East, security officials worry that a long-running movement against Covid restrictions is becoming an incubator of political violence.

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CPAC: A Bacchanal of Right-Wing Pageantry, Passion and Grievance

CPAC was once about conservatism. Now it’s just Trump. 

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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

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Behind the Fractious Collaboration Steering the Canada Protests

The organizers include former law enforcement officers, military veterans and conservative organizers who are steering unrest that has sent shock waves throughout Canada.

#canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #gofundme, #ottawa-ontario

When ‘Freedom’ Means the Right to Destroy

Anti-vaccine economic vandalism and the right-wingers who love it.

#ambassador-bridge, #black-lives-matter-movement, #canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

The Ottawa Trucker Protests Are a Test of Democracy

Peaceful protest is a necessary release valve for pandemic fatigue and frustration.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #ottawa-ontario, #trudeau-justin, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Officials Look Away, Hate Speech in India Nears Dangerous Levels

Activists and analysts say calls for anti-Muslim violence — even genocide — are moving from the fringes to the mainstream, while political leaders keep silent.

#adityanath-yogi, #discrimination, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #hinduism, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #yati-narsinghanand

Requiem for a Liberal Giant

Todd Gitlin never left the left.

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