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Tuesday Night Owls. Analysis: 12% of virus-related stimulus $$ could hold temperature rise to 1.5°C

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week It's about saving the country, and shutting up Ted Cruz. Donate now to help bring back the White House and Senate.  Joseph Winter  at Grist writes—Tackling climate chang
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Tuesday Night Owls. Analysis: 12% of virus-related stimulus $$ could hold temperature rise to 1.5°C

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week It's about saving the country, and shutting up Ted Cruz. Donate now to help bring back the White House and Senate.  Joseph Winter  at Grist writes—Tackling climate change seemed expensive. Then COVID happened: Climate deniers and opponents of aggressive climate action have long argued that governments can’t afford comprehensive measures to confront the climate crisis. The Green New Deal, for example, has been ridiculed as a “crazy, expensive mess” by the Republican Policy Committee. But then COVID-19 challenged preconceived notions about the limits of government spending. Since August, world governments have pledged more than $12 trillion in stimulus spending to dig their way out of the coronavirus-caused economic downturn — a truly mind-boggling amount of cash that represents three times the public money spent after the Great Recession. How does that compare with the money that would be needed to fight climate change?

I am beyond sick and tired of being told I must learn to 'understand' Trump voters

Here we go again. As the country careens toward an election outcome which thus far (fingers crossed!) appears to portend a significant, wide-ranging Democratic victory—much like it did two years ago—we are once again hit with a deluge of well-intende
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I am beyond sick and tired of being told I must learn to 'understand' Trump voters

Here we go again. As the country careens toward an election outcome which thus far (fingers crossed!) appears to portend a significant, wide-ranging Democratic victory—much like it did two years ago—we are once again hit with a deluge of well-intended advice and explanations (from both the left and right) reminding us how we Democrats must learn to understand, if not necessarily empathize, with the views of those who, in spite of all that has occurred over the last four years, will continue to support Donald Trump. That we need to reach out and extend our hand to those who—despite an out-of control pandemic that has taken over a quarter million American lives, and despite an economy that continues to teeter over a vast abyss—have clung to the belief that a future under the aegis of Donald Trump and the Republican Party is somehow preferable to Democratic governance. There are myriad keen, sympathetic analyses explaining the reasons why Trump voters support authoritarianism, ignore or rationalize Trump’s racism, abusive acts, and repugnant policies. Many of these seem to imply that Democrats need to come to terms with the belief systems of these people in order to somehow “bring them around.” Nope. Election Day is in less than two weeks. Will you chip in $3 or more to help our dazzling slate of endorsed Democratic candidates win big?

Despite Trump 'outreach,' new polls show Jews are sticking with Biden and Democrats as much as ever

So Trump thinks Jews should vote for him, huh? That’s what he has said on multiple occasions, including on August 20, 2019, when, as part of a comment about Israel, he smeared Jews with the old canard of dual loyalty: “I think any Jewish people that vote
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Despite Trump 'outreach,' new polls show Jews are sticking with Biden and Democrats as much as ever

So Trump thinks Jews should vote for him, huh? That’s what he has said on multiple occasions, including on August 20, 2019, when, as part of a comment about Israel, he smeared Jews with the old canard of dual loyalty: “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty [to Israel].” Riiiiight. Because why wouldn’t we love someone who proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides” of a rally where one of the sides consisted of neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us?” But hey, a creamsicle-colored guy can dream, right? Looks like that’s one more of Trump’s dreams—delusions? self-deceptions?—that will never come true. An American Jewish Committee poll, described by the organization as “the most comprehensive Jewish organization poll of Jews in the United States,” surveyed 1,334 people by telephone from Sept. 9 through Oct. 4. It found that 75% of respondents plan to vote for Joe Biden, compared to only 22% planning to vote for his opponent—you know, the one who brag-tweeted about being called the “King of Israel.” Election Day is in just around the corner. Can you spare $3 or more to help Daily Kos-endorsed Democratic candidates win on Nov. 3?

'My sisters can’t vote ... but you and I can': New ad calls on voters to help keep families together

Teddy’s two older sisters aren’t eligible to vote in this year’s election, but he is—and he’s going to cast his ballot to protect his family from deportation. “If DACA were to end,” he says, “I have a chance of losing my family. And who a
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'My sisters can’t vote ... but you and I can': New ad calls on voters to help keep families together

Teddy’s two older sisters aren’t eligible to vote in this year’s election, but he is—and he’s going to cast his ballot to protect his family from deportation. “If DACA were to end,” he says, “I have a chance of losing my family. And who am I without my family?” But Teddy can’t do it alone, and in a digital new ad from pro-immigrant group United We Dream Action (UWDA) PAC is calling on voters everywhere to help keep his family together by making their voices heard this November.

There are 644 billionaires in this country, and they’ve made almost $1 trillion during the pandemic

Good news everybody! Not everybody is being hurt by our global pandemic and economic crisis! In fact, one group of very special people, best known for making lots of money—usually for one silly thing like being wealthy enough to invest in PayPal
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There are 644 billionaires in this country, and they’ve made almost $1 trillion during the pandemic

Good news everybody! Not everybody is being hurt by our global pandemic and economic crisis! In fact, one group of very special people, best known for making lots of money—usually for one silly thing like being wealthy enough to invest in PayPal—are making a killing! Billionaires! Business Insider reports that since March of this year, the American billionaires amongst us (who are we kidding? They are usually above us … frequently on private planes and such) were able to add $930.7 billion to their collective net worth. Hold on while I respect the flag and listen to the playing of the National Anthem by some public school kids who have had their school’s music program cut.

Democrats didn't just outraise Republicans last quarter. They outspent them—brutally

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to unveil our new charts rounding up third-quarter fundraising numbers for every major party nominee for the House and the Senate. We said two weeks ago that this fundraising quarter would be unlike any we’ve ever seen, and w
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Democrats didn't just outraise Republicans last quarter. They outspent them—brutally

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to unveil our new charts rounding up third-quarter fundraising numbers for every major party nominee for the House and the Senate. We said two weeks ago that this fundraising quarter would be unlike any we’ve ever seen, and we were more right than we knew. Altogether, Democratic candidates competing in this year’s Senate races raised $401 million from donors while Republicans took in $163 million—a gulf that would have been simply unthinkable even during the 2018 blue wave. Democrats also spent $373 million compared to $195 million from Republicans and ended Sept. 30 with a $184 million to $141 million cash-on-hand lead.

Cruz still thinks he can be president and thinks the courts are how to make it happen

With an eye toward his 2024 presidential ambitions, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is staking out his extreme right territory and once again trying to make waves. He's got half a dozen senators signed onto a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent a change in the s
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Cruz still thinks he can be president and thinks the courts are how to make it happen

With an eye toward his 2024 presidential ambitions, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is staking out his extreme right territory and once again trying to make waves. He's got half a dozen senators signed onto a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent a change in the size of the Supreme Court. Yes, he only has five other senators, and yes a constitutional amendment requires support of two-thirds of each chamber of Congress and three-quarters of the individual states. He has a second proposal that would be less stringent, requiring a supermajority in the Senate to consider making changes in the size of the courts. «Make no mistake, if Democrats win the election, they will end the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, expanding the number of justices to advance their radical political agenda, entrenching their power for generations, and destroying the foundations of our democratic system,» he said as his party is about to ram a radically conservative, unqualified ideologue onto the Supreme Court where she'd potentially be positioned to help Donald Trump cling to office by subverting the will of the people. Cruz added that «We must take action before Election Day to safeguard the Supreme Court and the constitutional liberties that hang in the balance.» That's not likely to happen, since McConnell wants to do one thing above all—get Barrett on the court—and then leave town for the remainder of the campaign. It's about saving the country, and shutting up Ted Cruz. Donate now to help bring back the White House and Senate.

The race for Los Angeles district attorney will affect criminal justice around the country

The county of Los Angeles has a distinct legacy of setting precedent. Whether in the cultural sphere or in the political, the influence and impact of Los Angeles is undeniable. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutorial o
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The race for Los Angeles district attorney will affect criminal justice around the country

The county of Los Angeles has a distinct legacy of setting precedent. Whether in the cultural sphere or in the political, the influence and impact of Los Angeles is undeniable. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutorial office in the United States. Unlike any other country in the world, the United States is the only nation that elects rather than appoints district attorneys, giving the public a unique opportunity to elect someone who truly understands the needs of the governed and aligns with our values. Admittedly, many of us do not understand the power of the district attorney (DA), but with voting already underway and Election Day nearing, we should be paying more attention to who will serve as the next chief prosecutor.

Pompeo reportedly ignored outraged employees to address group that supports 'ex-gay' therapy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is consistently among the most Trump-like of the impeached president’s corrupt, trollish officials—and he continued to cement that status after reportedly ignoring internal protests from his own department employees in
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Pompeo reportedly ignored outraged employees to address group that supports 'ex-gay' therapy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is consistently among the most Trump-like of the impeached president’s corrupt, trollish officials—and he continued to cement that status after reportedly ignoring internal protests from his own department employees in order to address a right-wing religious organization that supports so-called “ex-gay” therapy, the Miami Herald said. The report said that Pompeo’s speech to the Florida Family Policy Council, a group also affiliated with several other anti-LGBTQ organizations, was covered in red flags, including staffers finding links to conversation therapy—which is torture—on the group’s site, as well as anti-gay flyers at the location where the speech was to take place. So Mike—ever-conscious about his employees and his department’s alleged pro-LGBTQ efforts—cancelled the speech, right? Nah. He not only continued on with it, he promoted it. It's the FINAL TWO WEEKS, and we need to put everything on the line. Sign up with 2020 Victory to make phone calls to battleground state voters for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and a Democratic Senate. Phone call times are flexible, and you can also sign up for a training session if you are new to doing it.

McConnell just took ownership of any COVID-19 relief bill failure

It's been 157 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and 19 days since the House passed their compromise $2.2 trillion bill, both of which Sen. Mitch McConnell has refused to take up. It is 14 days until the election, and McConnell just told
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McConnell just took ownership of any COVID-19 relief bill failure

It's been 157 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and 19 days since the House passed their compromise $2.2 trillion bill, both of which Sen. Mitch McConnell has refused to take up. It is 14 days until the election, and McConnell just told the White House to stop negotiating for a deal. There's been a concerted effort by the Washington, D.C. press, with an assist from some Democratic bros, to pin the lack of a deal on Pelosi. If she'd just taken the poisoned $1.8 trillion the White House had on offer, they say, this would have been done. That's totally ignoring the malevolent force that is McConnell, who has been refusing any substantive aid since March. For eight months. Now he's owning that fact. There are really good reasons for Democrats to have the Senate, like saving the nation from this pandemic. Donate now to help end Republican rule.

Trump used his campaign war chest like an ATM. Now it's dead broke and GOP donors are furious

Suckers. That's clearly how major GOP donors feel after realizing that Trump's campaign is basically dead broke, he's dragging down the entire party, and he's even put Democrats in position to potentially take back the Senate.  “The Senate majority i
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Trump used his campaign war chest like an ATM. Now it's dead broke and GOP donors are furious

Suckers. That's clearly how major GOP donors feel after realizing that Trump's campaign is basically dead broke, he's dragging down the entire party, and he's even put Democrats in position to potentially take back the Senate.  “The Senate majority is the most important objective right now,” said Dan Eberhart, who has given over $190,000 to Trump’s reelection effort, according to the AP. “It’s the bulwark against so much bad policy that the Democrats want to do if they sweep the elections.” Let’s give Senate Republicans the boot! Give $2 right now for some epic satisfaction on election night.

Gen Z hit hard by pandemic, facing higher than average unemployment rates nationwide

The novel coronavirus has disrupted the lives of millions across the world and continues to do so. Amid the pandemic, people have lost not only their loved ones but their jobs and other aspects of security. Unemployment rates are among the highest they have e
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Gen Z hit hard by pandemic, facing higher than average unemployment rates nationwide

The novel coronavirus has disrupted the lives of millions across the world and continues to do so. Amid the pandemic, people have lost not only their loved ones but their jobs and other aspects of security. Unemployment rates are among the highest they have ever been nationwide with about 26 million Americans having filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. As these numbers increase daily, a new analysis has found that younger workers are being affected at disproportionate rates. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), young workers falling under the category of Gen Z—those ages 16 to 24—are most likely to be unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic. These younger workers have taken a big hit that researchers predict will last far beyond the end of the pandemic. Studies have shown that this age group not only predominantly works in industries severely impacted by the coronavirus, but in fields that do not necessarily offer work from home options, including retail and hospitality. 

Coincidence? DeJoy's U.S. Postal Service sabotage hitting swing states, communities of color

A Republican-dominated U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors is having more success than it could have imagined when it set out months ago to undermine the institution. The pandemic and the need for so much of this year's vote to have to be conducted by 
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Coincidence? DeJoy's U.S. Postal Service sabotage hitting swing states, communities of color

A Republican-dominated U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors is having more success than it could have imagined when it set out months ago to undermine the institution. The pandemic and the need for so much of this year's vote to have to be conducted by mail has presented them the perfect opportunity to accelerate their efforts, and while they're at it, help Donald Trump. They've targeted their efforts well, if evilly, on communities of color and on critical swing states. Even before Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was installed in May and initiated his sabotage, complaints about slowed and missing delivery had increased, «especially in communities with more Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color (BIPOC), according to new research by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).» Through Freedom of Information ACT requests, the UCS reviewed USPS data on customer complaints and found a sharp increase in mid-March that lasted through July. It found that, when controlling for population, «people in zip codes where more than 45 percent of the population are BIPOC submitted 50 percent more mail delay complaints than other zip codes.» We are facing a national shortage of poll workers because many senior citizens, who usually make up the majority of poll workers, are staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Help prevent long lines at the polls, or even the closure of polling sites, by signing up to become a poll worker in your area with Power the Polls.

On-duty Miami police officer busted for intimidating early voters at government polling center

Early voting kicked off in Florida on Monday, Oct. 9. On Tuesday morning, the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Steve Simeonidis, tweeted out a photo he reportedly took of Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda inside of an early pollin
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On-duty Miami police officer busted for intimidating early voters at government polling center

Early voting kicked off in Florida on Monday, Oct. 9. On Tuesday morning, the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Steve Simeonidis, tweeted out a photo he reportedly took of Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda inside of an early polling location. The image showed that the fully uniformed and armed law enforcement officer was wearing a “Trump 2020: No More Bullshit” face mask. NBC Miami reports that the location of the image was the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami. This is, of course, wrong for so many, many reasons. If he were wearing a Biden mask and carrying a gun, it would be problematic. But there is also a very specific set of Florida statutes that Mr. Ubeda is violating. Specifically, 102.101, which clearly states: “Sheriff and other officers not allowed in polling place. No sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, or other officer of the law shall be allowed within the polling place without permission from the clerk or a majority of the inspectors, except to cast his or her ballot. Upon the failure of any of said officers to comply with this provision, the clerk or the inspectors or any one of them shall make an affidavit against such officer for his or her arrest.”

Some battleground states are going to give Trump too much fodder to attack election results

Donald Trump’s campaign to undermine faith in an election he expects to lose means that the states—especially the battleground states—need to make sure voting and vote-counting go smoothly. There’s good news and bad news on that front. In Pe
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Some battleground states are going to give Trump too much fodder to attack election results

Donald Trump’s campaign to undermine faith in an election he expects to lose means that the states—especially the battleground states—need to make sure voting and vote-counting go smoothly. There’s good news and bad news on that front. In Pennsylvania, there’s a lot of bad news. The New York Times is tracking the challenges facing elections officials and voters in seven key states, and ranks Pennsylvania dead last, after even Georgia. Republicans have gone to court over every move the state has made to try to make it easier and safer to vote in the pandemic, successfully delaying those efforts. The state doesn’t have in-person early voting and mail ballots can’t be counted until Election Day—legislation to change the latter is hung up in the Republican-controlled state legislature. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has allowed counties to add a satellite elections office where people can vote absentee in person in addition to the existing county elections offices where in-person absentee voting is allowed, but only seven counties have done so. This all adds up to few in-person votes ahead of time, a lot of mail-in votes—683,000 returned so far, out of 2.7 million ballots requested—that have to be counted on Election Day, and Republicans committed to continuing chaos.  This election will have historic voter turnout, and it's absolutely imperative that every eligible voter can safely show up at the polls and vote. Sign up to be an Election Protection Volunteer to fight voter suppression this year so that everyone can vote.

Giuliani's smear on Hunter Biden is so ridiculous, Fox News passed on it ... then covered it 24/7

Once upon a time—also know as 2019—Donald Trump tried to blackmail the president of Ukraine into making false claims about Hunter Biden. Trump got caught, got impeached, and got not even a slap on the wrist from Senate Republicans who were willing to allo
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Giuliani's smear on Hunter Biden is so ridiculous, Fox News passed on it ... then covered it 24/7

Once upon a time—also know as 2019—Donald Trump tried to blackmail the president of Ukraine into making false claims about Hunter Biden. Trump got caught, got impeached, and got not even a slap on the wrist from Senate Republicans who were willing to allow Trump to do anything in exchange for a flood of conservative judges. After all, when you’ve already waved off the Hatch Act, ignored federal laws over nepotism, and blown off an endless stream of lies … what’s a little extortion of an ally for political advantage? When Trump didn’t get what he wanted from from Volodymyr Zelensky, he put both U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and Rudy Giuliani on the case. Barr grabbed U.S. attorney John Durham and opened up an investigation that saw him flying around the world in an attempt to find someone reputable who would lend the slightest credence to Trump’s incredible claims. Giuliani … just skipped out on the “reputable.” Instead, he grabbed a pair of foot soldiers for a Russian oligarch, latched onto some officials who had been kicked out for corruption, and worked directly with an “active Russian agent” to produce a whole series of false claims and fake evidence.  That brings us to now. Barr’s efforts have apparently come up dry. One part of his investigation has already shut down, Durham’s top assistant has resigned, and there’s no report worth even a patently false summary before Election Day. The Giuliani side has produced a hard drive. A hard drive supposedly dropped off in Delaware by a man who lived in California, at a shop owned by a vocal Trump supporter, where the security footage was mysteriously wiped, the blind shop owner could not identify the person who dropped it off, there was no name or contact information provided, and no one ever returned for it.  Giuliani’s story is so ridiculous that both Fox News and the New York Post reporter who was forced to write it both disowned it. After years of trying to smear Biden, this really is the best they can do.

Justice Department seeks get-out-of-lawsuit-free card for Trump after his private lawyers failed

Donald Trump’s use of the Justice Department as his personal lawyer—and Attorney General William Barr’s enthusiastic participation—has the department claiming in court that Trump denied having raped E. Jean Carroll as part of his official duties.
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Justice Department seeks get-out-of-lawsuit-free card for Trump after his private lawyers failed

Donald Trump’s use of the Justice Department as his personal lawyer—and Attorney General William Barr’s enthusiastic participation—has the department claiming in court that Trump denied having raped E. Jean Carroll as part of his official duties. Federal employees are immune from defamation claims over things said and done while performing their jobs, so if Trump’s denial of a rape that happened in the 1990s was an official act, then he’s immune and the lawsuit is effectively dismissed. According to Justice Department lawyers, Trump’s denial of Carroll’s allegations—and, apparently, his accompanying sneer that “She’s not my type”—“addressed matters relating to his fitness for office as part of an official White House response to press inquiries.”

Poll worker fired for turning away early voters in Memphis wearing Black Lives Matter shirts

The novel coronavirus continues to slam the nation, we’re weeks away from Election Day, and people are mailing in their ballots. And some people are still going to vote early in person—and, apparently, mistakenly being turned away from their voting statio
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Poll worker fired for turning away early voters in Memphis wearing Black Lives Matter shirts

The novel coronavirus continues to slam the nation, we’re weeks away from Election Day, and people are mailing in their ballots. And some people are still going to vote early in person—and, apparently, mistakenly being turned away from their voting stations. As reported by the Associated Press, a poll worker has been fired after incorrectly turning away voters who wore “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts and masks. The poll worker in Memphis, Tennessee, was apparently under the impression that the slogans on these shirts were linked to the Democratic Party.  How did this happen? A spokesperson for the Shelby County Election Commission, Suzanne Thompson, told the AP that the worker was terminated after a witness at the Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis called officials. Thompson said a few voters were told to leave, but the exact number is not yet known. She described the incident as “pretty bad” and said, “they were not supposed to be turned away.” What if there is massive voter turnout, but not enough people to manage the polls? Long lines and discouraged voters who might go home, that's what. Sign up to become a poll worker in your area with Power the Polls, and make sure that our polling places are adequately staffed to make democracy work.

Trump's lost his edge on the economy and trails Biden on every other major issue

Based on its latest national poll, the New York Times writes that nothing short of a «calamitous misstep» by Joe Biden could boost Donald Trump's electoral fortunes now. Of course, it's also perfectly clear that Trump is simply too self-absorbed t
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Trump's lost his edge on the economy and trails Biden on every other major issue

Based on its latest national poll, the New York Times writes that nothing short of a «calamitous misstep» by Joe Biden could boost Donald Trump's electoral fortunes now. Of course, it's also perfectly clear that Trump is simply too self-absorbed to save himself because that would involve actually giving a damn about voters. Voters seem to have gotten the message loud and clear based on the results of the Times/Siena poll released Tuesday. Not only are the two candidates now neck-and-neck on who voters prefer to handle the economy—once a singular bright spot for Trump—they also prefer Biden on every other single issue of peak importance to them.  Contribute now to take back the White House!

The more ‘Boogaloo’ activists at Michigan rally spoke, the more ominous-sounding they became

Just over a week after 13 militiamen were arrested in Michigan by state and federal authorities for plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a collection of heavily armed “Boogaloo” civil-war activists gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansin
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The more ‘Boogaloo’ activists at Michigan rally spoke, the more ominous-sounding they became

Just over a week after 13 militiamen were arrested in Michigan by state and federal authorities for plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a collection of heavily armed “Boogaloo” civil-war activists gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing in what was simultaneously a kind of public-relations effort and a gesture of antigovernment defiance. On the one hand, the Saturday rally seemed an attempt to persuade the public and the media that the “Boogaloo” movement participants are just ordinary citizens eager for dialogue, so that “hopefully we can get some positive light shone on what we’re trying to do here,” as one of the organizers told the crowd. But other speakers undermined that message by warning angrily that they are prepared to respond violently to “tyranny” by the government or police: “The wood chipper’s revved up!” threatened one.

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