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The Broken Windows Terrorism Enhancement and Detention of the January 6 Insurrectionists

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emptywheel
The government is staking pre-trial detention claims of some of the January 6 insurrectionists on the damage done to the Capitol. But not all the most dangerous insurrectionists had ties to the broken windows and doors.
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Jessica Watkins Defends Herself by Claiming the Armed Militia Parade Was Part of the Plan

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emptywheel
Jessica Watkins says she shouldn't be detained because her trained militia got to the Capitol after its doors had already been badly damaged. But in the process, she admits she was supposed to be the military guard for people attempting to overturn the legitimate results of the election.
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The New Recruits on the Front Line on January 6

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emptywheel
The insurrectionists breached the Capitol with flagpoles and bullhorns. And some of the key players leading that breach were recent recruits to the organized militia leading the way.
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Enrique Tarrio Really Doesn't Want the FBI to Search His Laptop

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emptywheel
Enrique Tarrio's effort to pre-empt any warrant on the laptop seized when he was arrested in January 4 is more interesting given reports that the Feds may open a full investigation into Roger Stone.
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Dominic Pezzola Suspects the FBI's Cooperating Witness Is the Guy Who Recruited Him into the Proud Boys

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emptywheel
Accused Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola made some alarming claims about the witness he says implicated him in violence.
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Stars, Guitars and Gear Trash Talk

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bmaz
Now two weekends post Super Bowl. F1 is quietly gearing up, though there is nothin overly interesting until March 26-28, and it is now somehow in the authoritarian hellhole of Bahrain, where F1 should not even be, instead of Australia. So there…
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Open Thread: NASA's Perseverance Rover Mars Landing

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Rayne
We're waiting now for NASA'S latest Mars rover craft to land on the red planet. What a blast to focus on future-looking science!
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Proud Boys "Cell Leader" William Chrestman Says He's Not Organized Crime, Was Just Acting on Orders

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emptywheel
In a bid to avoid pre-trial detention, alleged Proud Boys "cell leader" William Chrestman argues that his successful obstruction is not like that of organized crime because it came with the sanction of the President.
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Bill Barr Claimed a Threat Meriting a Four Subpoena Investigation Didn't Merit a Sentencing Enhancement

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emptywheel
The fact that prosecutors subpoenaed four Proud Boys after Roger Stone implicated them in a threat against Amy Berman Jackson raises the stakes for Bill Barr's lies about the threat before Congress.
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Three Things: It's Our Lucky Day

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Rayne
Though friends and family in Texas are still desperately miserable, we had an unusually lucky day.
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Sealed Filings: The Serial Arrests of Insurrectionists Peter Stager, Jeffrey Sabol, and Michael Lopatic

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emptywheel
In the case of one of the more visible assaults on a prone officer on January 6, DOJ sealed the charges against two perpetrators until they found the third.
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Bennie Thompson Sues Trump, His Mobsters, and Rudy G under the NAACP Act

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emptywheel
Bennie Thompson just filed the first of what will surely be a number of lawsuits against Trump, for preventing him from doing his duty as a Congressman.
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Roger Stone Denies Palling Around with Alleged Terrorists [on January 6]

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emptywheel
Roger Stone's denials that he had anything to do with the conspiracies pertaining to January 6 for which some Oath Keepers have been charged amounts to a denial he was onsite that day. That says nothing about any earlier activities.
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Three Things: Eff These Effing Effers

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Rayne
We've had a three-day weekend, more or less, and long enough to shake off this weekend's disappointment. We have work to do to eff these effing fascist effers.
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Mike Lee Provides Key Evidence Implicating Trump in the Existing Criminal Conspiracy

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emptywheel
Mike Lee voted against convicting Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection that targeted Mike Pence on January 6. But his efforts to prevent evidence involving him in the days efforts from appearing in the Congressional record provided evidence the FBI might use to criminally charge him in the already-charged conspiracy.
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Most People Suspected of Assaulting Officers in the January 6 Attack Remain at Large

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emptywheel
One reason it's too early to make grand conclusions based off who has already been arrested in the January 6 insurrection is that a significant number of militia members and most people suspect of assaulting cops remain at large.
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Flashbacks to the 2015 Campaign

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Peterr
January 6, 2020 wasn't the first time Trump riled up a mob and aimed them at his target. Just ask Katy Tur about Raleigh NC in 2015.
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Failing At Democracy

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Ed Walker
The impeachments of Trump and the failure to hold him accountable show how badly we have failed democracy.
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Republicans Prepare to Sanction a President Doing Nothing as the Country Was Assaulted by Terrorists

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emptywheel
When Republicans in the Senate vote not to convict President Trump they will officially approve of a President doing nothing as the nation was attacked by terrorists.
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