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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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After a recently-published book alleging that Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) slept with prostitutes rocked the Bayou State’s crowded U.S. Senate race, one of Boustany's 23 opponents, State Treasurer Jack Kennedy, urged him to sue the publisher if the allegations were false.

On Monday, Boustany did exactly that, filing a defamation lawsuit against “Murder in the Bayou” author Ethan Brown and his publisher, Simon & Schuster/Scribner, in Louisiana state court in Lafayette.

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One question has always loomed large over the legal drama surrounding Bridgegate: Did Chris Christie know about the political motivation for lane closures that ground traffic on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to a standstill as they happened in the fall of 2013?

Three years later, the trial for two of his former allies accused of orchestrating the lane closures is in full swing—and the evidence that the New Jersey governor did know is mounting.

In his own telling, Christie believed his allies' explanation that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study until the document dump that made "Time for some traffic problems" a go-to joke for political junkies blew the scandal wide open in January 2014. But both the prosecution and the defense in the case agree that Christie knew about the plot as it was happening, and new testimony from Christie’s self-described former “enforcer” at the Port Authority, in addition to other statements from former aides, contradict what the governor has said about what he knew and when.

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