How the Jussie Smollett case became part of a larger controversy around believing survivors

The call to “believe survivors” has risen with the #MeToo movement, but it’s sparked a conservative backlash. Since the #MeToo movement gained widespread public attention in 2017, the call to “believe women” has become a core part of the fight against sexual harassment and assault. That phrase and a broader version, “believe survivors,” are reactions to a long history in

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North Carolina elections board orders new House election after ballot tampering scandal

Voters will go back to the drawing board with new primary elections in the Ninth District after the board’s vote. There will be a new House election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, after the state elections board ruled Thursday that a bizarre ballot tampering scheme had tainted the basic fairness of the November vote. The new election would start

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The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new House election, explained

A state hearing is entering its fourth day as state officials consider whether to call a new election. At a North Carolina hearing, investigators have laid out in detail an “unlawful,” “coordinated,” and well-funded plot to tamper with absentee ballots in a US House election that remains uncalled more than three months after Election Day — finally bringing clarity to

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Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained

Court filings about Cohen, Manafort, and Stone have alleged scandalous activities during the 2016 campaign. President Trump keeps insisting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has found “no collusion” between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. But a close read of what we already know about what Mueller’s been doing suggests at the very least, some very questionable things were

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Thousands of Oakland teachers just went on strike. They want more than a pay raise.

They’re also demanding more support staff, smaller class sizes, and more oversight of charter schools. Oakland teachers just kicked off the fourth major teachers strike of the year. On Thursday, nearly all of the 2,300 public school teachers in the district refused to show up to work, rejecting the superintendent’s latest offer of a 7 percent raise over three years.

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A Coast Guard officer’s arrest is the latest example of the rising problem of right-wing terrorism in America

Christopher Paul Hasson wrote he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.” A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist was arrested on charges of illegal drug and weapons possession on Friday. But authorities say the charges are just the “proverbial tip of the iceberg” and that the man is a “domestic terrorist,

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