The Kentucky Senator wanted the FBI to arrest and investigate BLM. Now he wants to protect Trump from a trial

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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky feared for his life.

The fear-inducing incident in question took place in August 2020, when the country was in the midst of nationwide protests following George Floyd’s murder. Paul and his wife were walking from the White House to a nearby hotel when they were surrounded by a crowd of Black Lives Matter protestors. Cell phone video of the incident seems to indicate that the crowd surrounded the senator and chanted Breonna Taylor’s name — before her death, she was Paul’s constituent — while DC police escorted the couple.

This event left a…

The post-Trump Republican Party appears fixed on QAnon

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Donald Trump is no longer president. One of his legacies — his embrace of conspiracy theories — nevertheless appears intact among his followers. This trend is apparent in three states: Hawaii, Oregon, and Texas.

In Hawaii, the state GOP Twitter handle released a series of tweets that praised and defended QAnon. One of the tweets read: “We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of County (sic) should never be ridiculed.” …

Big Tech companies try to limit hate speech on their platforms. What is the government’s role in regulating Big Tech?

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When Amazon removed Parler from AWS, many Republicans and conservative pundits claimed that technology companies engaged in censorship. Most hyperbolically, Glenn Beck argued that bans from social media sites where akin to what the Jews experienced during the Holocaust.

Hysteria aside, it is worth asking: are Big Tech companies censoring conservative views? Parler’s business model is an answer to Twitter; while Twitter adds fact-check labels to tweets about conspiracy theories, Parler marketed itself as a true free speech marketplace with limited content moderation. When Twitter removed Milo Yiannopolis and Alex Jones from the platform, for example, Parler allowed them access…

Voting rights remained a central issue in the 2020 Election

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Martin Luther King Day is generally a federal holiday during which politicians on both sides of the aisle praise the civil rights leader and affirm a commitment to achieve racial equity.

King’s legacy is almost too long to list; he led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, and helped organize two of the three Selma to Montgomery marches, among other acts of political protest. …

Veterans fought on both sides of the Capitol Building Insurrection

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Like many Americans, I watched the events of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building unfold with horror.

Part of the horror was the realization that so many of the insurrectionists were veterans. As a veteran myself, I can say that I am shocked but perhaps not surprised by that fact. Historically, many veterans have turned on their own country, with examples ranging from Lee Harvey Oswald to Timothy McVeigh. Furthermore, the correlation between veterans and white nationalism has been long established. …

This is not a First Amendment issue

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In the wake of the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol Building, the role that social media companies and private enterprise play in policing hate speech will be a fiercely debated political topic.

Parler — a social media company popular with American conservatives — is perhaps the most famous example. In comparison to Twitter and Facebook, Parler distinguishes itself as being a platform that does not moderate its users’ content.

Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores after the January 6th insurrection. Amazon Web Services (AWS) soon followed suit, removing Parler from its cloud hosting service. …

Eyes around the world can see our political inaction

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January 6th was a day for the history books as insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol Building. In the aftermath of the failed coup, it is tempting to talk about a second Civil War; however, there is one aspect that remains a distinct possibility — foreign intervention.

This is not to say that a foreign country is ready to invade America’s borders, but leaders around the world can see the American government’s current paralysis. Opponents make take advantage of this chaos.

Take Iran as an example. Iran vowed retribution for the targeted assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, as Supreme Leader Ali…

What George Orwell gets right — and wrong — about Trump

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Twitter permanently deactivated President Donald Trump’s account on January 8th, leading to outrage among many of Trump’s supporters.

“Big Tech wants to cancel all 75M @realDonaldTrump supporters,” Jason Miller, a longtime advisor to the president, wrote on Twitter. “Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China [sic] not our country,” tweeted former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. …

Millionaires with public platforms tell their supporters to be angry. The results are dangerous

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The United States was shocked, though perhaps not surprised, that President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol Building on January 6th. Trump has long flirted with violence. His Republican opponents during the 2016 Republican primary — including many of the same Republicans who support his “Stop the Steal” movement now — warned that he incited violence at his campaign rallies.

Fast forward to 2021, where Trump has tweeted for his supporters to meet him in Washington, DC for a rally on Electoral College certification day. He telegraphed his displeasure that his vice president would not stop the certification process…

The Nebraska Senator is no Trump acolyte, but he waits for political opportunity to speak his mind

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Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which he urged his Republican colleagues to refrain from objecting during the Electoral College certification process. While Sasse did not call out anyone by name, he probably felt compelled to write the post after Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced his intention to voice his objection on January 6th. Since Hawley’s statement, eleven additional Senate Republicans revealed their intentions to object to the certification.

In the Facebook post, Sasse clarified to his supporters why politicians continue to allege voter fraud. “Let’s be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch…

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