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It's been nearly two weeks since armed squatters took over a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon. And, despite calls from the community that leader Ammon Bundy pack up his brigade and leave town, the groups remains holed up at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League gives us additional insight into the self-proclaimed Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, who they are and what they want.

It is still unknown how many individuals are at the preserve, but ADL has identified 30 of them. Here is what we know:

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) filed his first criminal charges last week since being given the authority to prosecute voting crimes earlier this year.

Kobach's office filed three cases on Oct. 9 that he said were alleged instances of double-voting. After Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed legislation in June giving Kobach the authority to prosecute such cases, the secretary of state said his office had already identified 100 instances of potential double voting in the Sunflower State; he signaled in a Tuesday interview with The Wichita Eagle that he'd file more cases in the coming months.

The arch-conservative Kobach has long warned about the danger voter fraud poses to the integrity of elections in Kansas even though voter fraud is incredibly rare. The secretary of state even admitted in an interview last month with local TV station KWCH that instances of double-voting were "a small percentage of the number of votes cast. Less than 1% of the votes in any given election." But he justified prosecuting those cases on the grounds that even a small number of double-voters could have an impact on an election.

"The question is do we have close elections in Kansas that sometimes come down to one or two or five votes," Kobach said, as quoted by KWCH. "And the answer is, yes, we have them all the time."

Here's what you need to know about first voting crimes allegations being prosecuted by the only secretary of state in the nation to have that power.

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Carly Fiorina’s graphic description of a scene from the heavily-edited Planned Parenthood “sting videos” that no one can prove exists was just the tip of the iceberg.

In the weeks since Fiorina’s standout moment at the Sept. 16 Republican presidential primary debate, news outlets have pointed to a slew of statements from the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and her campaign staff about everything from her personal life and business record to policy positions that don’t stand up to scrutiny.

TPM asked the Fiorina campaign on Tuesday to comment on five recent incidents where the candidate or her staff have begun to show a pattern of fudging the facts. Spokeswoman Anna Epstein obliged but challenged the merits of TPM's request.

"Considering how far you've had to bend over backwards to try to construe these statements in a way that fits your left-wing narrative, I'd say that sort of contortionism speaks for itself," she wrote in an email.

And just as Fiorina has since doubled-, tripled- and quadrupled-down on her description of the grisly alleged Planned Parenthood “sting” video scene, her spokeswoman dismissed challenges to Fiorina and her staff’s assertions point-by-point.

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