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Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 2

This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate topic, but almost all should be posted in here.

This is an inherently political thread; please try to avoid antagonistic arguments and bickering matches. Comment threads that devolve into unproductive arguments may be removed so that the overall topic is able to continue.

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  1. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    from Jane Mayer, one of the best journalists currently covering the role of money in US politics: The big money behind the Big Lie

    from Jane Mayer, one of the best journalists currently covering the role of money in US politics:

    The big money behind the Big Lie

    Although the Arizona audit may appear to be the product of local extremists, it has been fed by sophisticated, well-funded national organizations whose boards of directors include some of the country’s wealthiest and highest-profile conservatives. Dark-money organizations, sustained by undisclosed donors, have relentlessly promoted the myth that American elections are rife with fraud, and, according to leaked records of their internal deliberations, they have drafted, supported, and in some cases taken credit for state laws that make it harder to vote.

    5 votes
  2. suspended
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    Tennessee GOP rep who rejected masks now says COVID-19 is real and dangerous after his 8-month battle with the virus Willie Nelson condemns the Texas voting bill as 'un-American' and headlines at...
    4 votes
  3. Kuromantis
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    Biden calls on Cuomo to resign, says he might get prosecuted

    Biden calls on Cuomo to resign, says he might get prosecuted

    President Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after an explosive new report was released by the New York state attorney general's office on allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.

    "I think he should resign," Biden said of his fellow Democrat.

    He stopped short of calling for Cuomo's impeachment and removal by the New York State Assembly, or whether he should be prosecuted.

    The report detailed multiple allegations of sexual harassment, said that the Cuomo administration was a "hostile work environment," and that Cuomo violated multiple federal and state laws — though the office is not pursuing a criminal investigation.

    In March, Biden said if the state attorney general's investigation confirmed the allegations against Cuomo, that, "Yes," he should resign. "I think he'll end up prosecuted, too."

    4 votes
  4. SantalBlush
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    5 Miami Beach police officers face criminal charges in hotel beating of Black men This video shows more of the incident.

    5 Miami Beach police officers face criminal charges in hotel beating of Black men

    Five Miami Beach police officers are now facing criminal charges after they were seen on body camera and security video kicking a handcuffed Black man in a hotel lobby and tackling and pummeling a Black witness who was recording the incident on his cellphone.

    This video shows more of the incident.

    3 votes
  5. skybrian
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    Portland Police Can’t Find Recruits for Revived Gun Violence Division

    Portland Police Can’t Find Recruits for Revived Gun Violence Division

    Out of 14 vacancies on the task force, only four police personnel indicated willingness to join, suggesting low confidence in the department’s practices among officers, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Some hesitance, it seems, also stems from fear of negative public reputation which the unit has generated in recent months.

    2 votes
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    Thra11
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    Offtopic/meta suggestion: Give this recurring thread a "unique" tag so that people who aren't interested in US politics can filter it out without filtering out all politics or all usa-related content.

    Offtopic/meta suggestion: Give this recurring thread a "unique" tag so that people who aren't interested in US politics can filter it out without filtering out all politics or all usa-related content.

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    1. Deimos
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      I'd eventually like to add the option to automatically ignore all posts in a recurring series: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/-/issues/650 For the moment, it only takes a few seconds a week to...

      I'd eventually like to add the option to automatically ignore all posts in a recurring series: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/-/issues/650

      For the moment, it only takes a few seconds a week to manually click Ignore on the post when you see it.

      6 votes
    2. moocow1452
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      Would be nice if we could do NAND filtering. As far as unique tags, might just want to call it politics.recurring, redundant but effective.

      Would be nice if we could do NAND filtering. As far as unique tags, might just want to call it politics.recurring, redundant but effective.

      3 votes
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      mycketforvirrad
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      Hmmmm. Any thoughts? My first instinct is news and updates so that it doesn't duplicate any of the information in the other tags. Maybe it is too 'mealy'?

      Hmmmm. Any thoughts? My first instinct is news and updates so that it doesn't duplicate any of the information in the other tags. Maybe it is too 'mealy'?

      2 votes
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        Thra11
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        I think news and updates is far too vague. If people saw that used as a tag, they might start sticking it on other topics which contain news and/or updates. I would suggest something like...

        I think news and updates is far too vague. If people saw that used as a tag, they might start sticking it on other topics which contain news and/or updates. I would suggest something like politics.usa.recurring, since that says exactly what it is. I don't think duplication really matters.

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        1. cfabbro
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          The nesting of politics.usa.recurring could potentially cause some problems, since the . indicates steps in a hierarchy, and I am not entirely sure how the filter would handle that. So a...

          The nesting of politics.usa.recurring could potentially cause some problems, since the . indicates steps in a hierarchy, and I am not entirely sure how the filter would handle that. So a non-hierarchical, totally unique tag, like weekly_us_politics, would probably be the safer way to do it since there would be less chance of other topics accidentally being filtered out along with it.

          4 votes