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FactCheck: The whoppers of 2021

Fact checkers spent much of 2021 addressing vaccine misinformation, baseless election claims - and of course, numerous claims made by, and about, the new Biden administration - so here are the top stories at the forefront of the discussion.... Read more»

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House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

Four House Republicans - including Paul Gosar of Arizona - held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. ... Read more»

Arizona's 'QAnon Shaman' sentenced to 3+ years in prison for U.S. Capitol insurrection role

Jacob Chansley, who called himself the "QAnon Shaman," was sentenced to 41 months in prison Wednesday for his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.... Read more»

Maricopa County Supervisor: Threats over 2020 Az election continue a year later

It’s been a year since the 2020 elections, but Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman said he continues to get threats for his part in certifying the election - the anger began election night and escalated after Jan. 6, when he arrived home to find police guarding his house. ... Read more»

Pharma campaign cash delivered to key lawmakers with surgical precision

The Biden administration and Congress are embroiled in haggling over what priorities will make it into the spending bill, but for the pharmaceutical industry there is one agenda: Heading off Medicare drug price negotiation, which it considers an threat to its business model.... Read more»

Oath Keepers in the state house: How a militia movement took root in the Republican mainstream

48 Republican state and local government officials appear on a list of more than 35,000 members of the Oath Keepers - a right-wing militant organization who embrace Trump’s lies about election fraud and promoted Jan. 6 as a last chance to make a stand for the republic.... Read more»

Capitol rioters face trial delays caused by court backlog, mass of evidence

A federal judge acknowledged on Tuesday that there could be constitutional problems with the length of time that Capitol rioters have to wait for their trial, as the mass of discovery from the Jan. 6 insurrection is enormous and growing by the day. ... Read more»

Trump sues Jan. 6 committee to block records request

Former President Donald Trump sued the Jan. 6 select committee and the National Archives on Monday, claiming that the committee’s request for records surrounding the failed insurrection is overly broad and illegal. ... Read more»

Bennett headlining Arizona 'audit' town halls with group that organized 'Justice for J6' rallies

A group that has organized rallies across the country to support “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection will be holding a series of town halls across Arizona to discuss the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election, featuring former Secretary of State Ken Bennett.... Read more»

Support for prosecuting Capitol rioters wavering among Republicans

Since March of this year, Republican support for investigating the individuals who committed the attack on the Capitol has decreased and they're now concerned the rioters' punishments are too harsh, according to a recently released survey.... Read more»

FactCheck: Ads distort how much Biden’s tax plans could cost 'your family'

Ads from the conservative Club for Growth targeting nine vulnerable Democrats and one Republican in the House distort the impact of the Biden plan on taxpayers, warning that the plan “could cost your family” thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. It could, but it probably won’t.... Read more»

Arizona 'Justice for J6' rally draws small crowd of extremists, GOP officials

Only a few dozen people, many of them members of a violent extremist organization, showed up at the Arizona Capitol on Saturday for a rally claiming that Donald Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 did nothing wrong and were being held as “political prisoners.” ... Read more»

Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas Trump chief of staff and other top aides

The U.S. House of Representatives select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 issued subpoenas on Thursday to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other allies of former President Donald Trump.... Read more»

Texas announces 2020 election audit after Trump lobbies governor

In a move Texas Democrats called “pitiful yet predictable” and “pure pandering” to backers of Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, the Texas Secretary of State announced Thursday it is auditing the election results of the state’s four largest counties. ... Read more»

AZ GOP lawmakers to appear alongside white nationalists, Nazi apologists, at rally to support insurrectionists

A rally planned for Saturday at the Arizona Capitol that aims to support “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection will feature speakers who are white nationalists, have endorsed Nazi ideology and are facing charges for storming the U.S. Capitol alongside GOP legislators. ... Read more»

Disinformation may be the new normal, election officials fear

The lies about election fraud, which range from false claims about the winner of the 2020 presidential race to accusations about this month’s California recall process, have state and local election officials worried about the future. ... Read more»

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