“Trump repeats election claims in interviews, is unchallenged”

AP: In the first television interviews of his post-presidency, Donald Trump repeated his false claims that the election was stolen from him 10 times — each instance unprompted and unchallenged. Trump emerged this week for interviews with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America News Network tied to the death of Rush Limbaugh. Each network actively appeals to Trump’s base conservative audience. And the way the interviews were conducted illustrat…

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Trump Lawyers File Supplemental Brief in Supreme Court Urging Court to Hear Challenge to Wisconsin Election Case (Arguing Trump May Run for President Again So Case Falls in a Mootness Exception)

…ttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/17/paleologos-polltrump-era-just-getting-started/4196345001/; “It’s still Trump’s party,” Axios, January 14, 2020 (“57% of Republicans said Trump should be the 2024 GOP candidate . . .[t]hat’s a formidable base for Trump, who also controls the $150 million+ he has raised for his super PAC since the election”) available at: https://www.axios.com/trump-republicans-mpeachment-support-10c11b10-2149-4…

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“A quarter of Trump’s 6,081 Facebook posts last year featured misinformation or extreme rhetoric”

…ust seven posts by Trump and his campaign, four of which were for copyright-related issues. Trump and his campaign shared an account. Facebook spokesman Andy Stone pointed out that not all forms of misinformation related to the election or covid-19 were banned by the company, and that Facebook removed Trump’s posts in the handful of instances where executives found that they violated the social network’s policies. In instances when Trump and other…

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“Why So Few Absentee Ballots Were Rejected In 2020”

…bsentee ballots went uncounted during last spring and summer’s heavily vote-by-mail primary elections. But those fears did not come to pass. According to data collected by FiveThirtyEight from state election offices, not only did absentee-ballot rejection rates not rise, but rejected ballots were actually less of a problem than they were in 2016. From the 27 states, plus Washington, D.C., where we were able to obtain data, only 297,347 out of 47,9…

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“Democracy Is Weakening Right in Front of Us; Is technopessimism our new future?”

…termath of the Trump presidency, the consensus has shifted to anxiety that online behemoths like Twitter, Google, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook have created a crisis of knowledge — confounding what is true and what is untrue — eroding the foundations of democracy. These worries have intensified in response to the violence of Jan. 6, and the widespread acceptance among Republican voters of the conspicuously false claim that Democrats stole the el…

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“Study: How Online Propagandists Targeted The 2020 Election”

…n specific events,” said Matt Masterson, who helped lead the Department of Homeland Security’s election security team. “This is a lot of what we talked about with you at CISA [the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] in the lead-up [to Election Day], anticipating that were there were problems experienced, and then in the contested elections, those would be used to blow out of proportion or lie about what was actually taking place…

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“Are Douglass Mackey’s Memes Illegal?”

…ion constitutional? After all, people often lie in political campaigns. Candidates do it, activists do it, political operatives do it. Can election lies simply be outlawed? Surprisingly, the Supreme Court has never resolved the question. It hasn’t resolved the big-picture question: When can the government punish lies? It hasn’t resolved the medium-size question: Can the government punish lies in election campaigns? And it hasn’t resolved the parti…

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“Last-Minute Tweaks to Voting Machine Standards Raise Cyber Fears”

…and the security of our election systems.” “We cannot sanction the use of online networking capabilities when they carry the very real and increased risk of cyber-attacks, at scale, on our voting machines,” reads the letter…. Meanwhile, others are asking the EAC to explain why changes to a document 15 years in the making were made less than two weeks before the scheduled vote. “The issue here is the EAC made changes to some of the most commented-…

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“60% of President Donald Trump’s post-election tweets sought to undermine legitimacy of presidential race”

…free and fair elections in 2020, Issue One found that 60% of Trump’s 1,500-plus tweets between the day after Election Day and January 8, when Twitter permanently suspended his account, were messages that sought to challenge the results of the 2020 election — an average of about 14 tweets per day. “For months before the election and then weeks afterward, then-President Donald Trump systematically utilized his Twitter account to broadcast hundreds…

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“A Plan to Keep Extremists Out of the G.O.P.”

…vote shameful, and they vowed to primary her. Good luck with that. In a top-two primary system, Herrera Beutler will almost certainly make the runoff, even if another Republican gets more Republican-leaning votes in the primary. But in the general, she’ll pick up independents and many Democrats, as she did in the past. She won by 13 percentage points last November, in a district that Trump carried by four points. Removing the leverage to knock out…

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“Sen. Warner to unveil bill reining in Section 230, seeking to help users fight back against real-world harm”

…f life or other irreparable harm. “How can we continue to give this get-out-of-jail card to these platforms that constantly do nothing to address the foreseeable, obvious and repeated misuse of their products and services to cause harm? That was kind of our operating premise,” Warner said. Ultimately, it would be up to a judge to decide the merits of these claims; the bill mostly opens the door for web users to argue their cases without running as…

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“Trump’s Sleight of Hand: Shouting Fraud, Pocketing Donors’ Cash for Future”

…political operation. Mr. Trump’s new PAC had $31 million in the bank at the end of 2020 and an estimated $40 million more sitting in a shared party account waiting to be transferred into it. Mr. Trump’s extraordinary success raising money came mostly from grass-roots and online contributors drawn to his lie that the election result would soon be somehow wiped away. Only about a dozen donors gave $25,000 or more to one of Mr. Trump’s committees aft…

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“Facebook Knew Calls for Violence Plagued ‘Groups,’ Now Plans Overhaul”

…ed its flagship product to center on what it called Groups, forums for like-minded users. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called them the new “heart of the app.” Now the social-networking giant is clamping down on Groups. The effort began after Facebook’s own research found that American Facebook Groups became a vector for the rabid partisanship and even calls for violence that inflamed the country after the election. The changes, which Facebook e…

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“Amazon’s Cynical, Anti-Union Attack on Mail Voting”

…rector explained in Amazon’s case, citing “the undeniable presence of COVID-19 both inside and outside the Employer’s facility” and the “high and still-rising positivity rate” in Bessemer. “The most important factors,” the decision stated, “are the safety of all election participants and the enfranchisement of all voters.” Amazon appealed that decision last week to the N.L.R.B., which is still controlled by a Trump-appointed majority hostile to un…

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“Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign”: Defendant Alleged to Have Targeted African-American Voters Urging Them to Text Their Votes

…]” sign. The image included the following text: “Avoid the Line. Vote from Home. Text ‘[Candidate’s first name]’ to 59925[.] Vote for [the Candidate] and be a part of history.” The fine print at the bottom of the image stated: “Must be 18 or older to vote. One vote per person. Must be a legal citizen of the United States. Voting by text not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii. Paid for by [Candidate] for President 2016.” The tweet inc…

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“Post-Election Litigation and the Paradox of Voting”

…on, at least until the “margin of litigation”—the number of votes that post-election litigation could plausibly overturn. In light of these observations, this Essay proffers two novel claims about the paradox of voting: First, we contend that, based on the mechanics of post-election litigation, it is possible that at least some votes should rationally be cast in expectation of having an electoral effect. Second, for closely related reasons, we arg…

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“Jeffrey Clark Was Considered Unassuming. Then He Plotted With Trump.”

…ht him to be. Some senior department leaders had considered him quiet, hard-working and detail-oriented. Others said they knew nothing about him, so low was his profile. He struck neither his fans in the department nor his detractors as being part of the Trumpist faction of the party, according to interviews. The department’s senior leaders were shocked when Mr. Clark’s machinations came to light. They have spent recent weeks debating how he came…

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“Chinese parts, hidden ownership, growing scrutiny: Inside America’s biggest maker of voting machines”

…e voting system. That has led to calls for ES&S and its competitors, Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems and Austin, Texas-based Hart Intercivic, to reveal details about their ownership and the origins of the parts, some of which come from China, that make up their machines. But ES&S still faces questions about the company’s supply chain and the identities of its investors, although it has said it is entirely owned by Americans. And the results o…

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“Trump leaves QAnon and the online MAGA world crushed and confused”

…h never came. In the days leading up to Trump’s departure from office, his online followers watched with horror as his pardons that were supposed to go to allies and supporters instead went to people who were inherently swampy: white-collar criminals convicted of tax fraud, family friends, Steve Bannon, even Democrat Kwame Kirkpatrick. “So just to recap: Trump will pardon Lil Wayne, Kodak Black, high profile Jewish fraudsters … No pardons for midd…

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“Steve Schwarzman, a Trump Adviser, Stays Loyal Till the End”

…e declared later. His comments didn’t sit well with some attendees. “It was 100 percent known in advance that this was exactly what would happen in a place like Pennsylvania,” replied Richard H. Pildes, a constitutional-law expert, according to the participant who had the transcript. Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck, added that Mr. Trump’s actions were undermining democracy and should be of great concern, recalled attendees. After Mr….

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“Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump”

…ic debate when they act aggressively. The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter. Election disinformation had for months been a major subject of online misinformation, beginning even before the Nov. 3 election and pushed heavily by Trump and his alli…

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“Far-right groups make plans for protests and assaults before and after Inauguration Day”

…es have said extremists may use firearms and explosives and are monitoring online calls to rally in cities nationwide beginning Sunday. Security at the inaugural ceremony in Washington on Jan. 20 probably will be the most intense ever. At the center of the amorphous but increasingly motivated extremist movement sits the current president, now twice impeached, deprived of his social media megaphones but still exerting a powerful influence over his…

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“YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel for at Least Seven Days”

…pporters defending him on Fox News. The videos lack the punch of his minute-by-minute commentary on Twitter and Facebook. YouTube’s suspension comes after months of foot-dragging by the company. In the weeks after the Nov. 3 election, Mr. Trump’s channel was filled with videos showing him and his supporters challenging the outcome. YouTube refused to act on those videos even as critics called on it to do so, saying that questioning the election re…

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“Building a Coalition for Impartial Election Administration”

…ections need greater protection against partisan influence on election rule-making, redistricting, and election administration. The goal of this invitation-only session is to establish core principles for reform and to begin building a coalition to achieve change. The workshop will include current and former secretaries of state, election administration specialists, reform research and advocacy organizations, election scholars, and state legislato…

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“Fringe Groups Splinter Online After Facebook and Twitter Bans”

…witter and Parler, a lesser-known platform that had become popular in right-wing circles in recent months. But after many groups were banned from mainstream social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the groups have been relegated to half a dozen apps and platforms to organize their next steps. Parler was also effectively taken off line on Monday when Amazon — following Google and Apple’s moves to drop Parler from their app stores — said it…

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“The Only Way to Save American Democracy Now”

…e will of the voters, including through a likely criminal attempt to get Georgia’s secretary of state to commit voter fraud to flip the Georgia presidential election from Biden to Trump. But removing Trump is far from enough to excise the cancer on our body politic. Instead, we need bold changes to deal with the threat to democracy from an authoritarian wing of the Republican Party that appeared ready to abet Trump’s stealing of the election, as w…

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“Facing Backlash, Republicans Confront Trump’s Effect on Their Party”

…official electoral count — the voter had come all the way from Ms. Mace’s home state of South Carolina to witness it. Now, the voter, shaking and in tears, demanded to know why Ms. Mace, a first-term congresswoman, had refused to join the effort. Calm but firm, Ms. Mace tried to explain that it was not Congress’s role to subvert the results of an election — and that to do so would defy the Constitution. “It didn’t matter what I said,” Ms. Mace sa…

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“Strict absentee voting limits proposed after record Georgia turnout”

…GOP presidential wins. They blame absentee ballots, used by 1.3 million Georgians who voted from home during the coronavirus pandemic. In all, 5 million people voted in the general election. That era of widespread absentee voting will quickly come to an end if the Georgia General Assembly passes laws this year to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, ballot drop boxes and unsolicited absentee ballot application mailings, as Republicans have propos…

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With Biden’s Win Now Officially Recognized by Congress, Trump Needs to Be Immediately Removed from Office for the Remainder of His Term; The Next 13 Days are Dangerous Times

…d despite relentless pressure. His most recent call, last Saturday, with Georgia’ secretary of state, is a likely crime under both federal and Georgia law. He continues to foment violent resistance based upon lies with his most ardent supporters. Trump’s term ends on January 20 unless he is removed from office earlier. It can happen either through invocation of the 25th amendment, done by VP Pence and a majority of the cabinet, on grounds that Tru…

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During Yesterday’s Capitol Insurrection, Apparent Bombs Left at RNC and DNC

…is should not be lost in the shuffle: An explosive device was found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington and the nearby headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package on Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the discoveries. The device that was found at the R.N.C. was a pipe bomb that was successfully destroyed by a bomb squad, according to an…

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My Statement: When Order is Restored at the Capitol, Congress Needs to Quickly Count the Electoral College Votes Confirming Biden Victory and Trump Needs to Be Immediately Removed from Office

…d despite relentless pressure. His most recent call, last Saturday, with Georgia’ secretary of state, is a likely crime under both federal and Georgia law. He continues to foment violent resistance based upon lies with his most ardent supporters. Trump’s term ends on January 20 unless he is removed from office earlier. It can happen either through invocation of the 25th amendment, done by VP Pence and a majority of the cabinet, on grounds that Tru…

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“Have Trump’s Lies Wrecked Free Speech?”

…ld face new hostility from a Supreme Court taking a libertarian marketplace-of-ideas approach to the First Amendment. As I explain, we are experiencing a market failure when it comes to reliable information voters need to make informed choices and to have confidence in the integrity of our electoral system. But the Court may stand in the way of necessary reform. Those challenging the viability of applying free speech jurisprudence to political spe…

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Clarifying the Electoral Count Act Process

…ightmare imaginings that have been conjured up, this is one of the most far-fetched. Professor Suk asks what happens if the counting process takes more than five days to complete. She speculates that “some Republicans” might argue that Congress has to stop counting at that point, even if not all state electoral slates have been counted or rejected by then. They might further claim that, if no one had reached 270 electoral votes by that point, the…

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LLC That Gave $500,000 to Fund Effort to Recall CA Governor Newsom is Funded by a Single Donor Who Gives Large Amounts to Republican Party

Sac Bee: John Kruger is the man behind Prov 3:9 LLC, the elusive corporation that donated $500,000 to the campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, an officer for the company said Tuesday in a statement to KQED News.… The news comes a day after Ann Ravel, a Democrat and formerly California’s chief elections watchdog, called on state ethics leaders to launch an investigation into the company for its donation. Kruger’s donation represents t…

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“We Can’t Let Our Elections Be This Vulnerable Again”

…ary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” more than 11,000 votes to flip Georgia’s election results from Joe Biden to the president. And well over 100 Republican representatives and about a dozen Republican senators appear poised to object to the counting of Electoral College votes on Wednesday for states that Biden won, despite a complete lack of evidence that the results were marred by fraud or irregularities. These efforts are very serious—and…

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“Cruz disrupting the electoral college count won’t change anything. It can still hurt democracy.”

…t of the Senate, were to unexpectedly deviate from the procedures established by Congress in 1887 — a truly lawless move that would be swiftly resisted by senators and representatives of both parties — the outcome remains inevitable. Nonetheless, the fact that a dozen senators and senators-elect, along with apparently more than 100 House members, want to disrupt congressional ratification of the electoral college result is one more horrendous sign…

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“Pence under pressure as the final step nears in formalizing Biden’s win”

…macy, said a person familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about it publicly. But rumors of Pence’s power at the joint session of Congress have been greatly exaggerated online. Some Trump supporters are insisting that he could use his role as presiding officer to invalidate the results from various states, causing the hashtag “Pence card” to trend on social media — meaning the pr…

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“Democrats in Georgia Senate contests take in more than $200M”

…an $106 million from Oct. 15 through Dec. 16, according to his latest campaign finance report. Raphael Warnock, who is trying to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, was close behind with a little over $103 million.ADVERTISEMENT Perdue reported $68 million over the same two-month span, with Loeffler taking in just under $64 million. Three of the campaigns reported their financial data on Thursday. Loeffler submitted hers a day earlier. The two races will d…

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“Judge dismisses GOP lawsuit to limit Georgia ballot drop box hours”

…ing. The decision is the latest defeat for Republicans who have filed a series of lawsuits in the wake of the presidential election seeking to invalidate its results or change election procedures in the runoffs. None of these lawsuits has been successful in federal or state courts in Georgia. The lawsuit from the Republican National Committee and Georgia Republican Party had argued that drop boxes should be limited to the same hours as county elec…

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“Sidney Powell’s secret intelligence contractor witness is a pro-Trump podcaster”

…rtions of her affidavit match, sometimes verbatim, a blog post that the pro-Trump podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman published in November 2019. In an interview, Maras-Lindeman confirmed that she wrote the affidavit and said she viewed it as her contribution to a fight against the theft of the election. “This is everybody’s duty,” she said. “It’s just not fair.” In a recent civil fraud case, attorneys for the state of North Dakota said that Mara…

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New York: “Cuomo Signs Automatic Voter Reg­is­tration Measure”

Spectrum News: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved a long-sought bill creating a system of automatic voter registration at multiple state agencies in New York. “The right to vote is one of, if not the most, sacred pillars of our democracy and for too long, bureaucratic red tape has made it unnecessarily difficult for New Yorkers to exercise this right,” Cuomo said. “From instituting early voting to making necessary reforms to the absentee ball…

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“Anti-Semitic, misogynist attacks on Wisconsin Supreme Court justices after Trump ruling”

…g her for joining the decision. Karofsky and Dallet were the targets of an online anti-Semitic attack on a blog reposted by the white supremacist website Daily Stormer that identifies Karofsky and Dallet as “Wisconsin Jews.” “Powerful Jews came together to assure their people hold as many positions of power as possible,” it asserts, and repeats anti-Semitic canards about a cabal of wealthy Jews who dominate Ivy League universities and businesses….

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