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Nice roundup of current thinking. Now to wait until this TRICKLES DOWN into politics at the state level. Likely a mere hundred years or so.
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From Jay McKenzie's Twitter:
Definers Public Affairs, the lobbying firm Facebook hired to combat their PR problems related to Russia had their own "in-house fake news shop." Some of Definers' clients paid NTK Network for positive coverage that got pushed through Facebook.
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Once you go through and read the articles, NTK is clearly not a real news site, but their biases do lean to the right.

The "conservative bias" Trump loves to talk about is really a bias against actual fake news like this. Facebook's involvement here should be very telling.
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George Conway (@gtconway3d) has announced the formation of Checks and Balances—a new group of conservative lawyers who believe Trump is undermining the rule of law.
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Young Trump tweeted that Florida had nearly 200,000 ineligible voters.
Instead the state of Florida discovered a total of 207 ineligible voters.
But it was back in 2012.
This is what still petrifies Tea Party Stalwarts. Even though it doesn't really exist.
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Former GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (Texas) gets a 10-year prison sentence for illegally using charitable funds to cover personal expenses & pay for campaigns for public office. That's one of the longest prison sentences ever handed out to an ex-lawmaker.
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I have a mail-in ballot with a postmark of 10-30.
I didn't ask for it.
I didn't use it.
Need I say more?
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Crazy "Christian" Washington state Rep. Matt Shea goes along with returning to Biblical law. He's a lawyer, by the way.

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Shea also compalains about a recently published Rolling Stone profile that characterizes him as an extremist, argues that the United States is “a Christian nation” and asserts that his detractors are part of a so-called “counter state” made up of “Marxists” and “Islamists.” He dismisses criticism as nothing more than “smears and slander and innuendo and implication.”
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/oct/26/rep-matt-shea-takes-credit-criticism-for-document-/ ""

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -
Just one week until the Midterm election and a Spokane Valley representative up for reelection finds himself under federal scrutiny after a manifesto distributed by him was leaked to the public.

The four-page document, titled "Biblical Basis for War" was originally reported by the Spokesman-Review. It's a radical Christian call to arms, outlining 14 steps for seizing power and what to do afterward in explicit detail. It calls for an end to abortions, an end to same-sex marriage, and if enemies do not yield and everyone obey biblical law, all males will be killed.

We reached out to Shea multiple times to ask him about this manifesto, contacting him on Facebook, calling his legislative offices in both Olympia and Spokane Valley, as well as his Spokane Valley law firm.

He has not returned our calls, but his legislative aid did say our message was being passed along to Rep. Shea. He did however post a video on Facebook earlier this month. In it, Shea admits to distributing the document, but calls it a summary of a series of sermons in the Old Testament, or "just war theory" philosophy.

The manifesto was only given to a few people close to Shea, and was made public by Tanner Rowe. Rowe was hired in 2016 by Shea's security team for the Republican Gala on election night. The manifesto was given to him by a friend, and former long-time member of Shea's inner circle.

The document has also captured the attention of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who says he immediately alerted the FBI saying he felt the author, Shea, was dangerous.

We reached out to the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force about the manifesto. They tell us they are actively reviewing the manifesto for investigative leads.
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Thank Freya it's Freya'sDay. As a licensed doc, I am aware of Row v Wade c1973, medical and surgical abortions. If he invades my house, I have a duty to take him down to protect my loved ones. As a CO, I learned how to safely handle many guns. http://www.khq.com/story/39387853/spokane-valley-representative-under-scrutiny-for-leaked-manifesto
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The "most dangerous" trope is the dumbest thing conservatives get suckered into.
Well . . . maybe not the dumbest. But it's right up there.
When the Republican Dog Whistle for anti-Semitism is One Man's Name

How Vilification of George Soros Moved From the Fringes to the Mainstream https://nyti.ms/2yKQtoO

"Mr. Trump references him in Twitter posts and speeches as a donor to anti-Trump protesters, and the president’s family and closest advisers sometimes go much further. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a claim this year by the comedian Roseanne Barr that Mr. Soros is a Nazi. And the president’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, retweeted a comment saying that Mr. Soros is the Antichrist whose assets should be frozen."
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