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QAnon follower who chased officer convicted in Jan. 6 trial

Sep. 23, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man was convicted Friday of charges that he led a crowd of rioters in chasing a U.S. Capitol police officer up a staircase and accosting other officers guarding the Senate, one of the most harrowing scenes of the mob’s attack that day. A federal jury...

Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service

Sep. 22, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski presents himself as an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once describing “tough” conditions including a lack of running water that forced him...

Trial opens for QAnon follower who chased officer at Capitol

Sep. 20, 2022 20:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol believed a conspiracy theory that law enforcement officers would be arresting “all the corrupt politicians,” starting that day with then-Vice President Mike Pence, a defense attorney told jurors Tuesday. ...

Mail ballot fight persists in key states, sure to slow count

Sep. 20, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and his allies seized on the drawn-out vote processing and counting in Pennsylvania during the 2020 election to fuel his false claims that fraud cost him victory in the battleground state — and election officials worry that a replay could be...

Breaches of voting machine data raise worries for midterms

Sep. 16, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Sensitive voting system passwords posted online. Copies of confidential voting software available for download. Ballot-counting machines inspected by people not supposed to have access. The list of suspected security breaches at local election offices since the 2020...

Trump openly embraces, amplifies QAnon conspiracy theories

Sep. 16, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

After winking at QAnon for years, Donald Trump is overtly embracing the baseless conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked to it grows. On Tuesday, using his Truth Social platform, the Republican former president reposted an image of himself...

Colorado clerk pleads not guilty in election system breach

Sep. 07, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado county clerk accused of allowing an unauthorized person to break into her county’s election system in search of proof of the conspiracy theories spun by former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case on Wednesday. Tina Peters...

Michael Flynn: From government insider to holy warrior

Sep. 07, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — The crowd swayed on its feet, arms pumping, the beat of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” thumping in their chests. The people under the revival tent hooted as Michael Flynn strode across the stage, bopping and laughing, singing the refrain into his...

US election conspiracies find fertile ground in conferences

Sep. 04, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — On a quiet Saturday in an Omaha hotel, about 50 people gathered in a ballroom to learn about elections. The subject wasn't voter registration drives or poll worker volunteer training. Instead, they paid $25 each to listen to panelists lay out conspiracy theories...

Wisconsin elections agency wants money to bolster confidence

Aug. 31, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s bipartisan elections agency, which has been under fire from Republicans since Donald Trump’s loss in 2020, voted unanimously Wednesday to ask the GOP-controlled Legislature to create a new division designed to increase confidence in election results in the...