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Where Things Stand: House GOPers Roll Out Bad Faith Spin On FBI Plan To Track School Threats

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) gives an opening statement before U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in ... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) gives an opening statement before U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Garland is expected to give testimony about the status of the Justice Department's investigations into the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 18, 2021 6:30 p.m.

The DOJ announced in October that it would launch a task force aimed at helping local law enforcement track and investigate threats against teachers and school staff. We knew this.

But this week House Republicans released information about a new FBI tracking program reportedly designed to help the DOJ field these threats. The GOP campaign was, seemingly, part of a broader attempt to push a bad faith narrative: that the Biden administration is seeking to intimidate and silence parents and community members who disagree with local school policies.

That framing is, of course, not true or fair.

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