Tag: Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right

How Is Senator Ron Johnson Still Competitive?

This happened in his 2016 race, which wound up being a rematch with former Senator Russ Feingold, whom Mr. Johnson unseated in 2010. For most of the campaign, Mr. Johnson trailed Mr. Feingold — in money and polling — and the national G.O.P. abandoned him to expected defeat. That fall, his campaign retooled and began […]

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How Is Senator Ron Johnson Still Competitive?

This happened in his 2016 race, which wound up being a rematch with former Senator Russ Feingold, whom Mr. Johnson unseated in 2010. For most of the campaign, Mr. Johnson trailed Mr. Feingold — in money and polling — and the national G.O.P. abandoned him to expected defeat. That fall, his campaign retooled and began […]

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What to Know About the Alex Jones Defamation Trial

Alex Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist who used his Infowars media company to spread lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting, has already been found liable for defaming the victims’ families. This week, a trial began to determine how much money he must pay them. The long-running legal battle has been an unusual spectacle, including […]

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How the Claremont Institute Became a Nerve Center of the American Right

Some of the most pointed criticisms of Claremont’s recent prominence have come from scholars with similar backgrounds. “I think there’s a story here about the insularity of the conservative world,” says Laura Field, a political philosopher and scholar in residence at American University, who has published several sharp critiques of Claremont over the last year […]

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Arizona Just Chose a Senate Candidate More Extreme Than Donald Trump

The Masters campaign declined to comment for this article. Mr. Masters’s adviser, Katie Miller, grew impatient when I told her I was hoping to trace his intellectual journey from libertarianism to Trumpism, telling me she didn’t want another hit job trying to link Mr. Masters to the “alt-right.” No doubt Ms. Miller and Mr. Masters […]

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Trump-Backed Conspiracy Theorist Vies to Take Over Arizona Elections

He speaks in sober and serious tones and presents himself as a common-sense family man. When asked about his family life by one interviewer, he said his “kids are all grown and gone” and added that nowadays, “I’m thinking about my grandkids” in battles he takes on. But his family life has been rocky. He […]

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Maybe There Is a Limit in the G.O.P. to Grievance Peddling

Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Greitens is a political grievance peddler. Also like Mr. Trump, he saves his most concentrated bile for fellow Republicans. One of the most puerile ads of the midterms thus far has been Mr. Greitens’s “RINO hunting” spot, in which he leads a group of armed men in tactical gear as they […]

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Doug Mastriano Faces Criticism Over His Backing From Antisemitic Ally

Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, is under increasing scrutiny over his connections to the far-right social media platform Gab and its founder, who has repeatedly made antisemitic remarks defending their ties. Early this month, news emerged that Mr. Mastriano’s campaign had paid Gab, a haven for white nationalists and users banned […]

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MAGA Doesn’t Care About Cops

Civilizations require rules because they require order. These rules must be accepted and obeyed. But, invariably, as humans do, some people will break the rules. Civilizations, therefore, need some mechanism to deal with the rule breakers so that the society doesn’t descend into chaos and rule breaking isn’t rewarded. In a system of accountability and […]

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2020 Election Deniers Seek Out Powerful Allies: County Sheriffs

LAS VEGAS — An influential network of conservative activists fixated on the idea that former President Donald J. Trump won the 2020 election is working to recruit county sheriffs to investigate elections based on the false notion that voter fraud is widespread. The push, which two right-wing sheriffs’ groups have already endorsed, seeks to lend […]

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QAnon Candidates Aren’t Thriving, but Some of Their Ideas Are

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Pamphlets, buttons and American flags cluttered booth after booth for political candidates at a conference center in Prescott, Ariz., this month. But the table for Ron Watkins, a Republican candidate for Congress who rose to fame for his ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, sat empty. “I thought it started at 11:30,” […]

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A Hidden New Threat to U.S. Elections

It’s been more than nine weeks since the Pennsylvania primary. The election is still not certified. The reason: Three counties — Berks, Fayette and Lancaster — are refusing to process absentee ballots that were received in a timely manner and are otherwise valid, except the voter did not write a date on the declaration printed […]

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Draghi’s Fall Reverberates Beyond Italy

ROME — Just over a month ago, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy boarded an overnight train with the leaders of France and Germany bound for Kyiv. During the 10-hour trip, they joked about how the French president had the nicest accommodations. But, more important, they asserted their resolute support for Ukraine in the face […]

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Talking to the Dead Through Voice Mail: The Week in Narrated Articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote them. Written and narrated by Maggie Jones In February last year, Maggie Jones began leaving voice mail messages for her mother, who had recently died. Her mom’s voice was still on the outgoing […]

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