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Donald Trump is engaging in an unprecedented campaign of voter fraud fear-mongering. Not only is he putting Americans’ trust in the bedrock of U.S. democracy at risk, but what he has urged his supporters to do -- in stump speeches across the country -- would, if carried out, likely be a form of illegal voter intimidation.

Civil rights groups are already gearing up for an especially tense Election Day. Meanwhile, the federal government has been hobbled by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling in its ability to monitor elections in places with histories of voter intimidation. Of particular concern are states with loose open carry laws, where already, some armed Trump supporters have shown an interest in making their presence known at voting sites.

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There was a moment in the second presidential debate that was so uncharted in American political history that it bears repeating: Donald Trump threatened to sic a special prosecutor on Hillary Clinton and jail her if he wins.

That chilling moment stood out even in one of the most dizzying weeks of a dizzying campaign, with Trump caught on tape bragging about groping women, numerous women coming forward to confirm he groped them, and him denying that these particular women were attractive enough for him to have groped. He also managed to insinuate that he didn't find Clinton all that attractive either, and he openly wondered why women weren't making similar sexual misconduct allegations about President Obama.

Former Republican Attorney General Michael Mukasey called Trump's debate barb that Clinton would be in jail if he were president a "watershed moment." The New York Times wrote this week how Trump's mere suggestion of locking up his political opponents reminded political scientists, not of American democracy, but of "troubled democracies abroad" in Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Historians who spoke with TPM about the way in which this election has defied the norms of presidential politics cited it as one of the starkest ways in which 2016 has– perhaps irreversibly– redefined our country's democratic system, but not the only one.

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It's a profound paradox that Donald Trump's deputy campaign manager David Bossie finds himself in today.

He is fighting for a candidate who is facing an onslaught of allegations that he groped and forcefully kissed women over several decades, the same kind of sexual impropriety that Bossie spent decades of his life alleging former President Bill Clinton was involved in.

Bossie helped write the playbook against the Clintons. He personally hit the pavement and investigated Clinton's sexual improprieties under the guise of moral superiority. His reputation on the House's Oversight Committee was that of a man laser-focused on uncovering every facet of Whitewater no matter how obscure.

"The secret spinner," Newsweek dubbed him in a 1996 profile where it chronicled his devotion to unmasking the Clintons as the corrupt face of American politics.

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) was having a good day on the campaign trail, when yet another Donald Trump controversy popped up. The biggest one yet.

Blunt had just finished up an event at his alma mater Missouri State University, where he got to inform the school's chorale group they would be performing at January’s inauguration, prompting joyous tears among the singers. He was on his way to an Obamacare roundtable with health insurance professionals, where he would be able to tease out GOP talking points against the Affordable Care Act, while showing off his policy chops.

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A former Republican attorney general who spoke at this summer's GOP national convention warned that Donald Trump's vow to imprison Hillary Clinton represents a "watershed" moment in American politics and could lead to the world perceiving the U.S. to be a "banana republic."

Michael Mukasey, an ex-U.S. attorney general who served under President George W. Bush, told NPR Monday that he initially deemed the GOP nominee's line at Sunday's debate that Clinton would 'be in jail" under a President Trump to be a quip, but had become concerned about Trump's promise to have his attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to re-open the case on Clinton's private email server.

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- Donald Trump surrogates, including a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended his promise to sic his Department of Justice on Hillary Clinton, while a Democratic senator supporting Clinton called the remark one of the worst moments of the debate.

Trump said that Clinton "would be in jail" if he was president and that he would "instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation."

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