The extreme right in the USA

This 4 February 2021 video says about itself:

The US government is warning violent right-wing groups may be emboldened by the riot at the Capitol building last month.

The Department of Homeland Security’s threat assessment analysts are suggesting there may be additional attacks and there are concerns conspiracy theories are continuing to fuel hate.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles, US.

Trump and January 6: The evidence of a planned political coup: here.

Every antisemitic thing Marjorie Taylor Greene has said and done (so far): here.

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

In any politically healthy system, the Republican Party would have been irreparably discredited and disgraced by its complicity in the attempted coup. Yet less than three weeks later, it arrogantly and defiantly reasserts its defense of Trump and his fascist supporters: here.

The GOP Isn’t Big Enough for Jews and for Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Jew-hate. Republicans’ disinterest in ostracizing Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, an extremist who proudly peddles antisemitic conspiracies, is devastating for Jewish conservatives: here.

February 4: White supremacy and far-right extremism: Is the Capitol siege the end or the beginning? Here.

KYLE RITTENHOUSE VIOLATES BOND Kyle Rittenhouse has violated his bond agreement by apparently moving out of his home without notifying the court, and now Wisconsin prosecutors are seeking a warrant for his arrest. In a court filing, prosecutors said several attempts to contact the teenager have failed. The 18-year-old faces multiple homicide charges related to the shooting deaths of two unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. [HuffPost]

CANADA DECLARES PROUD BOYS A TERRORIST GROUP The Canadian government officially designated the Proud Boys as a terror organization, ranking the group alongside al Qaeda and Boko Haram. The move to designate the Proud Boys ― a violent, pro-Trump street gang full of extremists and white nationalists ― as a criminal entity was already under consideration before the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol last month for which numerous members of the gang have been charged. [HuffPost]

Trump coup attempt spread COVID-19

This 12 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down in a crowded room with other lawmakers during the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

JAYAPAL TESTS POSITIVE AFTER RIOT LOCKDOWN Less than a week after a Trump-fueled mob attacked the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to hide in a secured room, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Wash.) has tested positive for COVID-19. She tweeted: “I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.” [HuffPost]

NEW BOOK: GENERAL FEARED TRUMP WOULD USE MILITARY TO STAY IN POWER Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was deeply worried that then-President Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House and warned colleagues he feared Trump would try to use the military to stay in office, according to excerpts from a new book. Milley, the nation’s top military officer, also compared Trump’s actions to the rise of Adolf Hitler. [HuffPost]

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

TRUMP MOB’S MEN: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN A HuffPost investigation found that multiple men arrested for the U.S. Capitol insurrection have restraining orders against them over domestic violence accusations. Others have faced charges and served prison time for sexual assault. Experts have linked extremism to violent misogyny in recent years, especially in the wake of mass shootings in which the perpetrators had a history of violence against women. [HuffPost]

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS RESUME DONATIONS TO REPUBLICANS WHO REJECTED DEMOCRACY The nation’s biggest federal defense contractors have quietly resumed giving money to Republicans who helped fuel the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, despite making a public show of halting their political contributions after the attack. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing and Northrop Grumman donated to GOP lawmakers who voted to reject Biden’s electoral win based on the same lie about voter fraud that led to the attack. [HuffPost]

Trump’s coup d’etat attempt in the USA

This 7 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Independent photojournalist Jon Farina shot this INCREDIBLE footage from January 6th, 2020 when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Far-right protesters storm U.S. Capitol amid antisemitic claims over election: here.

4 PEOPLE DIED DURING ASSAULT ON CAPITOL Four people died as Trump supporters violently occupied the U.S. Capitol. Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead included a woman shot by U.S. Capitol Police, and three others who died in “medical emergencies.” Law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building. [AP]

TRUMP RIOTERS BRING VIOLENCE ACROSS COUNTRY Trump-supporting protesters and rioters gathered at state capitols across the country, inspired by violent scenes at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. In Arizona, members of a pro-Trump group cracked the window of a museum at the state Capitol, reportedly while shouting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to exit the building. [HuffPost]

TRUMP’S MOVES RIGHT OUT OF THE FASCIST PLAYBOOK As thousands of Trump’s fanatical supporters smashed windows and stormed the U.S. Capitol, realizing a plot that was apparently brewing for days, at least one historian was not surprised in the least. “I hate it when I’m right,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University professor and fascism expert who has been warning that Trump would resort to force rather than leave office peacefully. [HuffPost]

‘We knew this day was coming’: Jews react to storming of Capitol building: here.

Antisemitic conspiracies flew before extremists breached U.S. Capitol.

Republican senator deletes ad that made Jewish opponent’s nose bigger.

Revisiting the top 10 antisemitic moments of Trump’s presidency: here.

Trump has nurtured far-right extremism at every turn. This is his fault: here.

A guide to the extremists and hate groups that invaded the Capitol: here.

Man wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt among mob who stormed U.S. Capitol

‘It was always going to end this way:’ Capitol coup is work of one man: here.

Trump brings more war to Middle East

This 20 June 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Millions of children face starvation in Yemen warns United Nations – BBC News

There’s a stark warning tonight that millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to “the brink of starvation” unless international aid is dramatically stepped up. It comes from UNICEF, the United Nations children’s organisation.

Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with the coronavirus pandemic compounding the effect of five years of civil war.

… It is backed by a Saudi-led coalition which is supported by the US and the UK.

2 million of Yemen’s children are malnourished, and 1.7 million have been forced to flee their homes. A child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen.

TRUMP’S PARTING GIFT: A WORSE YEMEN CATASTROPHE Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is considering designating the Houthis, the Yemeni militia that rules over the vast majority of the country’s population, as a terrorist organization. The move would fit the Trump administration’s strategy to weaken Iran … and thrill Iranian adversaries like Saudi Arabia. It would push millions of people in Yemen into starvation and prolong the country’s civil war. Biden would find it extremely difficult to reverse the designation. [HuffPost]

JEWISH GROUP JOINS FIGHT AGAINST TRUMP ARMS SALE J Street, a prominent Jewish American organization working on Middle East issues, is pushing to stop Trump from sending $23 billion in military arms and equipment to the United Arab Emirates. “The sale of a massive quantity of such destructive weapons systems to the UAE would only further fuel an escalating arms race in a region already suffering from destabilizing wars that endanger civilians and undermine U.S. interests,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami told HuffPost. [HuffPost]

Trump loses election, fight not over

This 8 November 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shut down [Republican party politician] John Kasich’s lies following Joe Biden’s victory. I also break down Kasich’s misinformation with a mountain of data proving him wrong.

By Ceren Sagir from Britain today:

Fight against Trump’s dangerous ideology is ‘not over,’ unions, campaigners and socialists warn

CAMPAIGNERS, trade unionists and politicians have welcomed the US election result — but warned that the threat of Donald Trump’s dangerous ideology is “not over”.

Democrat candidate Joe Biden clenched victory after winning the key battleground of Pennsylvania on Saturday, four days after the polls closed, pushing him over the 270 electoral college votes threshold.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris becomes the first woman in the role – and the first person of African and Asian heritage to hold it.

Mr Trump is refusing to concede to the results, having begun legal action alleging fraud, and was playing golf when Biden’s win was announced.

A White House official said Mr Trump will “accept the results of a free and fair election.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Mr Biden and Ms Harris on their win and said: “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working together on our shared priorities from climate change to trade and security.”

Mr Johnson said he would get in touch with Mr Biden “shortly” to discuss an alliance with the new administration.

But the president-elect is anti-Brexit and has previously described Mr Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Mr Trump.

Following Mr Johnson’s congratulatory tweet, an aide of former president Barack Obama labelled the PM a “shapeshifting creep.”

Referencing Mr Johnson previously suggesting Mr Obama’s “part-Kenyan heritage” was behind his “ancestral dislike of the British empire,” Tommy Vietor said: “We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump.”

Labour MP Ian Lavery tweeted a photo of Mr Johnson and Mr Trump and said: “The blond duo. They share the same right-wing populism. Can one survive without the other?”

Stand Up To Racism said Mr Trump’s loss is “a blow to the racist right across the world.

“But Biden is not the answer to tackling racism in the US,” the group tweeted. “Solidarity to Black Lives Matter and the movement that defeated Trump.”

Unite Against Fascism wrote that it was “great to see the back of” Mr Trump as far-right figures such as France’s Marine Le Pen, Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro had backed him,

They added: “‘Tommy Robinson’ even begged Trump for asylum.

“All solidarity to US anti-fascists who will face reaction from embittered bigots.”

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was “great news for progressives around the world that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had defeated Trump.

“Let’s work together internationally to build a better, fairer, greener, peaceful and more equal world.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Congratulations to our sister trade unions for supporting Joe Biden.

“It’s so good to see the back of such a divisive figure as Trump. I hope Biden now repays the unions and doesn’t let them down. He owes the left coalition a lot.”

Britain’s Communist Party leader Robert Griffiths hailed “a setback for the far-right mobs, proto-fascists and dangerous conspiracy-mongers who have gathered around Trump” but warned that “when it comes to foreign and military policy, president-elect Biden is every bit as committed to the pro-Nato, anti-China and anti-liberation agenda in Latin America and the Middle East as Trump.”

Mr Biden said: “The people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for you the people.”

But the Democrats lost ground in congressional elections and the Republicans still control the Senate, giving them a veto on most legislation.

Ms Harris, who took the stage before Mr Biden, said she was thinking of her mother and “the generations of women, black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last,” she added.

Mr Trump’s supporters have followed his claims of election fraud by taking to the streets, some of them armed with rifles and handguns.

Hundreds of people rallied in Phoenix on Saturday, charging the media with conspiring to steal the election and calling the results a coup.

A self-proclaimed Proud Boys chairman stated on his social media page that Mr Trump’s previous “standby order” was no longer in effect, and the violent hate group was “rolling out.”

His supporters have also clashed with counterprotesters.

Huge crowds gathered across cities to celebrate Mr Biden’s win. A street party erupted in front of the White House with people cramped together, despite Covid warnings.

Meanwhile, Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned the Biden administration that if leftwingers were not put in top positions, the party would lose big in the 2022 mid-term elections.

She told the New York Times that the internal truce in place while the Democrats worked to defeat Mr Trump was over.

The New York representative rejected notions by some party members that left messaging during the Black Lives Matter movement and the Green New Deal led to a loss of congressional seats in the election.

In Israel, several thousand people attended the weekly demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with some holding banners reading: “Trump Down, BiBi to go” and “Nethanyahu, You’re Next.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Mr Biden to “compensate for past mistakes” and return the US to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

And in India, groups gathered at street corners in the small village of Thulasendrapuram, where Ms Harris’s grandfather was from, setting off firecrackers in celebration of her election.

United States presidential election, still unclear

This video from the USA today (starts after 0:45) is called Election Night: Not A Biden Landslide| Rational Live!

The Democratic party may have learnt nothing from the 2016 Hillary Clinton defeat about having a ‘centrist‘ candidate against Trump.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

As of early Wednesday morning, the US presidential election remains undecided. The fact that the election is so close, however, is a devastating indictment of the Democratic Party and its inability to present any progressive alternative to the fascistic politics of the Trump administration.

As of this writing, a narrow victory in the Electoral College is possible for either Democratic candidate Joe Biden or Republican President Donald Trump. Due to delays in counting mail ballots, which became a predominant feature in the election because of the threat of coronavirus, the results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania may not be known until the end of the week.

Trump has captured Florida, Georgia, Texas and Ohio, and he held a narrow lead in North Carolina, all states he carried in 2016. But he failed in efforts to win New Hampshire and Minnesota, where he had come close in 2016, and appeared likely to fall short in Nevada as well.

If Trump were to pull out a victory in the Electoral College, he would become the second US president to be reelected by a smaller margin than his initial victory. The first was Barack Obama.

Even if Biden ekes out a victory, it will be nothing like the landslide that would be expected when running against an incumbent responsible for the deaths of 235,000 Americans in the global coronavirus pandemic, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and open efforts to mobilize fascist forces and establish an authoritarian regime in Washington.

Late Wednesday night, Trump declared victory based on the initial results and made clear his plans to challenge the full counting of the votes. “As far as we are concerned, we already have won,” Trump said in a speech at the White House, adding “We will be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”

In the days leading up to the election, Trump repeatedly insisted that the results of the election had to be decided on Election Day, which has no basis in law or the Constitution. Trump, who is in no position to declare victory, is continuing his political conspiracies.

Just prior to President Donald Trump’s final campaign rally Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan it was revealed that several tombstones at a nearby Jewish cemetery had been vandalized with pro-Trump graffiti. Unknown perpetrators spray-painted red letters spelling out “TRUMP” on a row of tombstones at Ahavas Israel Cemetery, while two other gravesites had “MAGA,” an abbreviation for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” scrawled in red graffiti: here.

Elections and COVID-19 in Donald Trump’s USA

This 30 October 2020 video says about itself:

As tens of millions of US voters cast their ballots early, former criminals are struggling to get their voices heard.

In Florida, ex-inmates are allowed to vote but only if they have paid off court fines and fees, which many cannot afford to do.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Miami.

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE UNION RECRUITS EX COPS AS ‘POLL CHALLENGERS’ The Minneapolis police union is facing a warning after recruiting retired cops to work as “poll challengers” in a “problem” area of the city at the request of an attorney for Trump’s reelection campaign. “Targeting anyone for a challenge based on being in a so-called ‘problem area’ is unlawful and will not be permitted in Minnesota’s polling places,” Minnesota Secretary of State Steven Simon said. State law guarantees voters the right to a peaceful polling place free of harassment or intrusion, he added. [HuffPost]

TRUMP’S BEST LIE MAY HAVE LOST ITS PUNCH Trump’s most frequent and most effective lie — that he built “the greatest economy in history” — appears to be losing its punch at the worst possible time for him. Trump has never had overall favorability ratings in his entire three years and nine months in office, but for most of that time has enjoyed the perception that he was doing a good job handling the economy. Now, with his election for a second term only days away, just about as many Americans think he is doing a bad job. [HuffPost]

EXTREME ABORTION RESTRICTIONS ON THE BALLOT Voters in Louisiana and Colorado are casting their ballots on two extreme anti-abortion measures that could have devastating effects on people seeking abortions and reproductive health care. In Colorado, Proposition 115 would ban abortion after 22 weeks with almost no exceptions. In Louisiana, Amendment 1 would ban abortion completely with no exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the mother. Both ballot initiatives use intentionally vague language to mislead voters, abortion rights activists in each state told HuffPost. [HuffPost]

I broke up with my boyfriend because he refused to wear a mask.

COVID-19 keeps killing in Trump’s USA, elsewhere

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Supporter: No Mask for Thee, But Stay Away From Me

Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton reported from a pro-Trump rally in New York City on October 21st, 2020.

NATIONWIDE FEARS AS DARK WINTER NEARS Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. She can’t work at her special education job in Salt Lake City due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not allow him to work remotely to protect her and their 5-year-old son, who has asthma. As President Donald Trump downplays the coronavirus pandemic before largely unmasked crowds, the nation is lurching toward what Joe Biden, citing health experts, warned will be a “dark winter” of disease and death. [AP]

GOP GOV FAULTS TRUMP’S ‘CONFUSING’ MESSAGES ABOUT MASKS Margaret Brennan, host of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” asked Arkansas’ Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson Sunday whether Trump’s reluctance to endorse mask-wearing enthusiastically hurt the governor’s ability to persuade his state to practice virus mitigation measures. “Well, it makes it confusing,” Hutchinson said. Trump has “made it very clear that wearing a mask is important. I saw him wear a mask going into the polls yesterday. But obviously, with the rallies, there is confusing messages there.” Hutchinson said the president must be “truthful and realistic” about the crisis. [HuffPost]

’60 MINUTES’ AIRS TRUMP ABRUPTLY LEAVING INTERVIEW “60 Minutes” aired footage of Trump abruptly ending an interview with the network after host Lesley Stahl asked a series of questions about his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his use of social media to govern by tweet and attack his political opponents. The release of the interview concluded an ongoing spat between CBS and the White House that grew last week after Trump said he had left a sit-down with Stahl he called “fake” and “biased.” He later released the footage himself, turning the interview into a headline-grabbing event before it even aired. [HuffPost]

’60 MINUTES’ REVEALS WHAT WAS REALLY IN TRUMP’S HEALTH CARE PLAN BOOK Footage aired on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” showed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ceremoniously giving reporter Lesley Stahl a massive book that she said contained the health care plan Trump has been promising for more than five years ― since he first launched his campaign. But after reviewing the book, Stahl said it didn’t actually include Trump’s “comprehensive health plan.” It was filled with executive orders and congressional initiatives, but no plan. [HuffPost]

SPAIN DECLARES NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY Spain declared a second nationwide state of emergency and ordered an overnight curfew across the country in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said. The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday night. [AP]

Pandemic and human rights in Donald Trump’s USA

This 21 October 2120 video about the USA says about itself:

In the early months of the pandemic, meatpacking plants emerged as deadly hot spots for COVID-19.

In the poultry industry, workers describe conditions that make physical distancing impossible inside plants – above all, the fast line speeds.

Chicken companies have reduced calls to slow the line speeds and space workers further apart. Federal regulators responsible for safety at the plants have issued optional guidance during the pandemic, not enforceable rules.

Fault Lines follows meatpacking workers and families who lost loved ones to the virus and asks what sacrifices have been made to keep poultry plants open.

BORDER HORROR: 500+ KIDS’ PARENTS MISSING UNDER TRUMP Lawyers tasked with identifying and reuniting families separated in 2017 and 2018 under the Trump administration’s so-called zero-tolerance border policy say they still haven’t been able to locate the parents of at least 545 migrant children. “Approximately two-thirds” of these parents, according to an ACLU court filing, are believed to have been deported to Central America without their children, some of whom were “just babies” at the time of the separation, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said. [HuffPost]

‘WHITE HOUSE KNEW’ OF COVID SPIKE AS TRUMP DOWNPLAYED CRISIS The White House has been aware for more than a month that coronavirus cases have been surging nationwide as Trump has publicly downplayed the virus and held crowded campaign events, according to private documents obtained Tuesday by a key House committee. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, released six weekly White House coronavirus task force reports showing that the White House has known since just after Labor Day that COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing and that there is a serious need for more testing and mask mandates. [HuffPost]

BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY NEVER PRESENTED WITH HOMICIDE CHARGES A juror in the Breonna Taylor case said prosecutors never presented the grand jury with homicide charges against the three police officers involved in Taylor’s killing. The new allegations raise additional questions over how prosecutors handled the killing of Taylor, who was shot to death by police in her home during a botched drug raid. Only one detective, Brett Hankison, was ultimately charged, and it wasn’t even for her death; he was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for shots fired into a neighboring apartment. [HuffPost]

IF TRUMP LOSES, HE MAY GO TO PRISON Trump’s activities in recent years ― from paying hush money to a porn star to his claiming of a massive tax refund ― combined with a ticking statute of limitations clock potentially make Election Day far more consequential for him than it had been for his predecessors. If Trump wins a second term, the time limit for starting a prosecution would run out in the next four years for a number of those activities, given Justice Department guidelines not to prosecute a sitting president. If Trump loses, indictments could quickly follow. [HuffPost]

NEW BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS Four years ago, the neighbors of 66-year-old Deborah Danner, a Black woman with schizophrenia, called the police to report that she had been behaving erratically. Minutes after arriving at her New York City apartment, a police officer fatally shot Donner. The officer claimed he acted in self-defense and was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges. A new bill introduced by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) seeks to reduce the risk disabled people may face in police encounters by allowing trained mental health professionals to respond to such calls instead of law enforcement. [HuffPost]

Donald Trump and United States far-right terrorism

This 13 October 2020 video says about itself:

Was Trump Responsible For Michigan Governor Kidnapping? (w/ Garlin Gilchrist II)

Garlin Gilchrist II joined Thom to discuss how Donald Trump played a pivotal role in the attempted kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The Trump campaign was forced yesterday change the location of a rally scheduled for today with President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, initially set for Hudson Valley Guns in New Hudson, Michigan, after it became known that one of the 13 men arrested last Thursday for plotting to kidnap and murder Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was a former employee of the store. The store owners blamed Whitmer for the cancellation of the event, scheduled for today: here.

Trump continues far-right appeals as details of Michigan plot emerge: here.

The verdict is in: Trump embraces Fascism: here.

4 YEARS OF MAGA TERROR Last week, 13 men belonging to paramilitary groups were arrested in a horrifying plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Based on what can be gleaned from the men’s social media pages, they fit a familiar profile of far-right vigilantism in America. They are white men. Most appear to be supporters of President Donald Trump. They consume disinformation and conspiracy theories online with abandon. They see a new American civil war on the horizon, and they’re more than eager to fire some of the first shots. [HuffPost]

Democrats silent on Trump’s election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: here.

GOP TOLD TO REMOVE FAKE BALLOT DROP-OFF BOXES California’s attorney general and secretary of state told Republicans to knock it off after election officials reported the state party had been breaking the law by placing makeshift, unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes around the state and falsely labeling them “official”. The officials issued a cease and desist order following reports of the mysterious ballot collection boxes at gas stations, gun stores, churches and gyms. Republicans maintained the boxes are legal. [HuffPost]

FBI raids neo-Nazi camp in Michigan as national connections of Whitmer plotters emerge: here.