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FACT FOCUS: Federal agents didn't orchestrate Jan. 6

Jan. 11, 2022 22:56 PM EST

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection poked another hole in the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that federal agents orchestrated the attack, confirming on Tuesday that a man at the center of the claims said he’d never been an FBI informant. Ray Epps, an Arizona man...

Tech founder out after antisemitic, anti-vaccine screed

Jan. 04, 2022 22:58 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah tech company founder and onetime prominent figure in state Republican politics resigned from the board of the company he started Tuesday after sending an email outlining an antisemitic vaccination conspiracy theory. David Bateman, founder and board...

Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story

Jan. 03, 2022 11:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Celeste Norris laid eyes on Ashli Babbitt, the future insurrectionist had just rammed her vehicle three times with an SUV and was pounding on the window, challenging her to a fight. Norris says the bad blood between them began in 2015, when Babbitt...

Twitter bans Rep. Greene's personal account for COVID claims

Jan. 02, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, the latest strike against the firebrand whose embrace of conspiracy theories has been called “a...

Conspiracy theories paint fraudulent reality of Jan. 6 riot

Jan. 01, 2022 00:57 AM EST

Millions of Americans watched the events in Washington last Jan. 6 unfold on live television. Police officers testified to the violence and mayhem. Criminal proceedings in open court detailed what happened. Yet the hoaxes, conspiracy theories and attempts to rewrite history persist,...

Mastriano all but declares in race for Pennsylvania governor

Dec. 20, 2021 18:34 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican state senator who has helped spread conspiracy theories about last year's presidential election and led opposition to pandemic-related shutdowns, vaccine mandates and masking orders is all but officially declaring that he will run for governor. ...

Far-right using COVID-19 theories to grow reach, study shows

Dec. 17, 2021 13:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The mugshot-style photos are posted on online message boards in black and white and look a little like old-fashioned “wanted” posters. “The Jews own COVID just like all of Hollywood,” the accompanying text says. “Wake up people.” The post is...

Vos: Wisconsin GOP election probe to go longer, cost more

Dec. 14, 2021 18:01 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday said the investigation he ordered into the 2020 presidential election will spill into next year and cost more money, factors he blamed on Democrats who are fighting subpoenas. The current contract Vos...

Vos says Biden president, won't disavow conspiracy theories

Dec. 09, 2021 18:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly's top Republican is refusing to say claims that Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election are merely conspiracy theories. Speaker Robin Vos told WDJT-TV in an interview that aired Thursday that many people legitimately believe...

Turning outrage into power: How far right is changing GOP

Dec. 06, 2021 05:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to have settled on a strategy to deal with a handful of Republican lawmakers who have stirred outrage with violent, racist and sometimes Islamophobic comments. If you can't police them, promote them. ...