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Policy group calls for banning weapons at protests, 'incubators of terrorism'

Protests in many cities became magnets for “politically motivated violence,” and while only a fraction of the demonstrations have been warped by violence, the potential should persuade policymakers to ban or restrict firearms from public gatherings.... 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»

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»

Capitol Police prepare for return of Jan. 6 insurrectionists to Washington D.C.

The groups involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried a variety of political and ideological flags and signs, and as many of the same groups who participated are expected to return to the nation’s capital, scholars explain what those symbols mean.... Read more»

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

When former Trump adviser and far-right nationalist Steve Bannon issued his “call to action,” people who had never shown interest in party politics began a nationwide groundswell of party activism whose central goal is not merely to win elections but to reshape the machinery.... Read more»

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar's history of extremism

Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman from Arizona, has supported the Bundy clan, pushed antisemitic conspiracy theories, and spoken at an event organized by a white nationalist.... Read more»

New details suggest senior Trump aides knew Jan. 6 rally could get chaotic

Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them. ... Read more»

Taking on white nationalism, feds say big threats need big spending

White nationalism appeared to dominate Capitol Hill on Wednesday as senators focused on the Justice Department’s budget while House lawmakers held their latest hearing on January’s storming of the U.S. Capitol. ... Read more»

Arizonans searched for militias, QAnon and how to make explosives following Trump’s loss

In the months leading up to and after the election, researchers attempting to redirect people who sought out far-right groups away from disinformation found that Arizonans searched for extremist content and conspiracy theories more than many other states.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Political violence has evident roots, from Giffords shooting to U.S. Capitol mob

We have seen the word “unprecedented” used many times to describe recent events. Given yesterday’s acts of violence at the Capitol and tomorrow’s 10-year anniversary of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, I would encourage all Arizonans to take a long view to understand the context.... Read more»