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Wow, What A Week In The Mar-a-Lago Investigation
INSIDE: Steve Bannon ... Jay Johnston ... Clarence Thomas
Oh Look, It’s Mark Meadows Making A Cameo In Jack Smith’s Probes
INSIDE: George Santos ... Tucker Carlson ... Jeanine Pirro
What Does The Newest Wrinkle In The MAL Probe Mean?
INSIDE: Ron DeSantis ... Robert Hanssen ... Ted Cruz
No, Jack Smith Isn’t Leaking All The Damning Mar-A-Lago Evidence
INSIDE: Fani Willis ... Chris Licht ... Lauren Boebert
Fox News Shows CNN How A Trump Town Hall Is Done
INSIDE: Jack Smith ... John Durham ... Henry Kissinger
The Evidence Against Trump Keeps Piling Up In MAL Case
INSIDE: James Comer ... James O'Keefe ... Tommy Tuberville
Right Wingers Are Attacking The FBI To Neutralize It For Future Criming
INSIDE: Jack Smith ... Kevin McCarthy ... Rosalynn Carter
QAnon Shaman Is Out Of Prison And Being Treated Like A Hero
INSIDE: Kevin McCarthy ... Ken Paxton ... Elizabeth Holmes
Espionage Act Charges Very Much In Play For Donald Trump
INSIDE: Stewart Rhodes ... Caitlin Bernard ... Ken Paxton
The Path From The Tea Party Through Jan. 6 To Today

The sentencing today of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy for the Jan. 6 attack prompted me to dig into the TPM archives. We’ve been covering Rhodes and the Oath Keepers for a long time. But I couldn’t remember exactly how long. On closer look, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was from virtually the beginning of his emergence on the national stage. But rummaging through our past coverage also helped me to re-familiarize myself with the context in which Rhodes founded the Oath Keepers.

Rhodes incorporated the Oath Keepers in 2009 (gee, who became president that year?), and you can’t divorce its creation from the then-emerging Tea Party movement.

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