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A federal judge ordered Monday that the Republican National Committee hand over any evidence showing that the committee was working with the Donald Trump campaign on the campaign's poll watching crusade. The discovery order comes as part of a court action mounted by the Democratic National Committee accusing the RNC of violating a decades-old consent decree limiting its participation in election site anti-voter fraud activities.

The judge, U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazguez, ordered the RNC to hand over "All agreements in any form between Defendant and the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the “Trump Campaign”) regarding voter fraud, ballot security, ballot integrity, poll watching, or poll monitoring." If such agreements were made verbally and are not in writing, then the RNC shall submit affidavits from those who know of them detailing the plans, according to the order.

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National Democrats produced evidence Monday that they claim shows the Republican National Committee is lying about not deploying poll watchers to early voting sites in Nevada.

The new evidence was filed in an ongoing legal case against the RNC that concerns allegations that the RNC has violated a federal consent decree dating back to the 1980s that limits its participation in so-called "ballot security" activities at election sites. Democrats are seeking to have the restrictions on the RNC's Election Day activities extended for another eight years.

A letter filed by Angelo Genova, a lawyer representing the Democratic National Committee in the case, said that the Democrats had evidence that the RNC "has and continues to engage in one or more ballot security initiatives utilizing poll watchers in Nevada," which he described as "contrary to the sworn declarations submitted earlier today, and the clear statements of its counsel."

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There is, perhaps, never a good time for local elections administrators to be undermining federal court orders, ignoring state officials and providing voters with false information about what is required to cast a ballot. But for poll workers in Texas who have been caught spreading inaccurate information about the state’s voter ID law, the timing is particularly unfortunate, given the legal scrutiny the law already is under and is continuing to the attract.

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Democrats launched a multi-state legal effort against what they described as a "vigilante voter intimidation" campaign led by Donald Trump, his associates, and the Republican Party. The Democratic parties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona and Nevada filed lawsuits Sunday against their GOP state counterparts, the Trump campaign, Trump ally Roger Stone and his affiliated super PAC Stop the Seal, alleging that the groups have violated the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, which both include provisions addressing voter intimidation.

"Trump’s calls for unlawful intimidation have grown louder and louder, and the conspiracy to harass and threaten voters on Election Day has already resulted in numerous acts that threaten to interfere with the voting rights of registered
Nevada voters," the Nevada Democrats' lawsuit said.

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The local Republican Party in Tarrant County, Texas – which includes Fort Worth and is state's third most populous county – is being accused of egging on discriminatory voting practices with an email it sent calling for "poll watchers" for "Democrat-controlled polling locations." The email said the GOP wants workers "to make sure OUR VOTER ID LAW IS FOLLOWED," without noting that the Texas voter ID law was recently softened after an appeals court ruled it had racially discriminatory effects.

A voting rights advocacy group has sent a letter of complaint about the email to the Department of Justice.

The email from the Tarrant County Republican Party was titled "ALERT***EMERGENCY VOTER FRAUD INFORMATION
INSIDE***ALERT**" according to the complaint letter, and said that the party is "looking for Poll Watchers for Early Voting location sites and Election Day polling locations."

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Three Kansas men with ties to an extremist, hard-right militia movement were formally charged Monday for domestic terrorism connected to their alleged plans to bomb the day after Election Day a Garden City housing complex that was home to much of the town's Somali Muslim population, as well as a mosque.

Law enforcement officials involved in the investigation said it uncovered a "hidden culture of hatred and violence," while Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) warned that, if perpetrated, the men's alleged plan would have caused "a horrific event."

Their plot would bring about a "bloodbath," in their words, that was the "only fucking way this country’s ever going to get turned around," according to the FBI affidavit released with their arrest Friday. At least one of the men appears to have been a Donald Trump supporter, according to screenshots of the men's social media postings, and the others, it seems, had a penchant for sharing anti-Muslim hate memes and right-wing conspiracy theories.

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A fringy conspiracy theory about how the blockbuster 2005 tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault was leaked to the Washington Post has gotten the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., the social conservative activist and president of Liberty University, who brought it up on an Fox Business News appearance this week.

He joins David Duke, neo-Nazi web forums and -- of course -- Breitbart in peddling similar conspiracy theories, which vary in their specifics from merely absurd to virulently anti-Semitic.

The broad outline of the conspiracy theory alleges that GOP operative Dan Senor leaked the tape as a part of a coup by GOP elites like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (whom Senor worked for during the 2012 election) to get Trump knocked off the Republican ticket.

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