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BURNS, TENNESSEE—Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been accused of dog-whistling to white nationalists ever since he kicked off his campaign in the summer of 2015 and warned against “criminal” Mexican immigrants. His retweets of Twitter users with handles like "@WhiteGenocideTM" and his tepid disavowals of David Duke's support have not gone unnoticed in that fringe community, either.

Tucked away in the woods of middle Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park, 300 “white advocates” gathered over the weekend at the fourteenth American Renaissance conference to reflect on just how much fuel Trump has added to their movement this election cycle.

"I've never felt this sense of energy in our movement," the conference host, Jared Taylor, said in his opening remarks. "I've never been more optimistic."

For the conference, American Renaissance, a white nationalist publication, brought advocates for a white ethno-state together with Holocaust deniers, eugenicists and confederate sympathizers. American Renaissance and many of the groups the conference speakers are associated with are designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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A federal judge declared a Virginia voter ID law constitutional Thursday, in a opinion dismissing a legal challenge brought by the Democratic Party of Virginia on behalf of voters in the state.

Judge Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia sided with the Virginia State Board of Elections on all the claims the challengers brought against the state's requirement that voters show a photo ID.

Hudson said that the challengers had failed to provide evidence that the 2013 law -- which was toughened by the elections board in 2014, after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act -- was enacted with a discriminatory intent.

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A federal judge late Tuesday ordered Kansas to restore the voting rights of some 18,000 residents who had been kicked off the voting rolls because they did not provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote at the DMV.

Judge Julie A. Robinson, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, issued a preliminary injunction on part of the state's proof-of-citizenship voting law in response to a lawsuit challenging the law filed by the ACLU on behalf the League of Women Voters of Kansas and individual voters. It is one of a number of legal challenges percolating around the Kansas requirement that has been championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

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The former staffer to a Wisconsin state Republican senator who went public last month with accusations that the state's voter ID law was passed by GOPers looking for a political advantage elaborated on the claims in federal court Monday and identified the previously unnamed legislators he said were gleeful over the law.

Todd Allbaugh, testifying in a case challenging the law, named then-Sens. Mary Lazich, Glenn Grothman, Leah Vukmir and Randy Hopper as being "giddy" in a 2011 private caucus meeting about passing the bill, the Journal Sentinel reported. Allbaugh previously confirmed to TPM that Grothman, now a U.S. congressman, was among the state legislators who cheered the political implications of the voter ID requirement -- which opponents say disenfranchise minorities and lower income people -- after Grothman told a local TV station it would help Republicans win the state in 2016.

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Want to pack your state’s Supreme Court? Well, Arizona has provided a model.

Arizona Republicans are about to get two more justices on the state Supreme Court thanks to a bill approved by the legislature and heading to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk that will expand the court from five to seven members and allow the Republican Ducey to appoint the new justices.

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A 40-year-old Florida man accused of plotting a terror attack on a local synagogue wanted to pin the blame on ISIS and allegedly recorded a video warning "ISIS is in the house.” To cement the ISIS connection, he allegedly considered leaving "a note or a banner ... that ... resembles the letters of Arabic."

"We could make it up," he was allegedly caught saying on tape.

What the man, James Medina, didn't know was that he was the target of a FBI sting. He was arrested Friday, according to the Miami Herald, after buying a dummy bomb from an undercover agent and approaching the synagogue with it, authorities said. The affidavit alleged that Medina repeatedly expressed his desire to attack the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in the Miami area and had no problem with killing women and children in the process, according to the transcripts.

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Update at 5:13 p.m.: ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein confirmed to TPM that the group and other organizations involved in the challenge to North Carolina's 2013 voting restrictions have filed an appeal with the the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a district court's decision upholding the law.

The voting right groups involved in a legal challenge to a bundle of North Carolina voting restrictions say they will move quickly to appeal the district court decision issued Monday that upheld the 2013 law.

An appeal, which could be filed as soon as today, would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2014 ruled in favor of the voting rights groups when they sought a preliminary injunction on some provisions of the law, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

In his decision Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law on the basis that North Carolina has "provided legitimate State interests" in implementing the restrictions. He said that when it came to those who said the law burden their ability to vote there was "strong evidence that some other reason is at play for the failure of these persons to register and/or vote."

His 485-page decision was a exhaustive examination of the evidence presented in the high-profile trial the unfolded in July 2015 and January 2016

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Ammon Bundy is previewing his legal defense, and it is just as crazy as his rationale for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover in the first place.

His defense team is expected to argue in federal court that the federal government has no jurisdiction over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and therefore cannot prosecute Bundy and dozens of others for their 2016 takeover of the preserve.

The defense is the same kind of bogus constitutionalist theory advocated by the extremists who took over Malheur in January. The defense strategy gives insight into just how Bundy and others may tackle a slew of federal criminal charges against them, which include conspiracy and firearms possession in a federal facility as well as others. Throughout the 41-day occupation, individuals holed up at Malheur claimed they were fighting to restore the land back to the people who rightfully owned it.

"The motion to dismiss in this case will challenge the Federal Government’s authority to assert ownership over the land that is now known as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge," Bundy's defense attorneys wrote in a court filing Friday asking for more time to file a motion to dismiss the charges against him for lack of jurisdiction. It was first flagged by the Oregonian. "It is Defendant’s position that this authority is critical to the Federal Government’s authority to have federal employees work on that land. Jurisdiction in this case will determine whether the Federal Government can prosecute protesters for being there at all."

According to the documents filed Friday, Bundy's defense will argue that the Constitution was "only intended to give broad federal power of property in Territories, as the Founders contemplated the expansion westward."

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