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Voter ID advocate fails to name single instance of voter fraud

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Appearing on MSNBC on Monday morning, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brian Darling tried to advocate on behalf of Republicans’ efforts in several to purge allegedly fraudulent voters from the rolls ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

However, under questioning Darling was unable to cite a single verified instance of actual voter fraud, leading host Chuck Todd to declare that he was “actually proving” Democrats’ contention that the Republican Party’s actions are unnecessary.

“Where is this voter fraud?” Todd asked. “I mean, it’s not this giant…”

“We’ve had recent examples,” Darling said. “…We just had a Michigan Congressman resign… not run for reelection, because… his campaign gathered signatures that couldn’t be validated.”

Todd pointed out that petition gathering is much different from actually voting in a public election. “I mean, that’s a different law there,” he said.

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“Yeah, but it’s very hard to catch voter fraud,” Darling replied. “Look at what James O’Keefe did. He walked into D.C., he didn’t have any ID…”

“Did he vote?” Todd asked.

“No, he didn’t vote,” Darling responded. “He didn’t vote, but he asked for a ballot and they were gonna give it to him.”

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“Right, but you’re actually proving the point here,” Todd said. “That the fraud didn’t take place because they prevented it.”

O’Keefe, a conservative media prankster whose deceptively edited videos helped convince Congress to pull funding for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), recently released a new series of videos in an attempt to “prove” Republicans’ claims of a massive voter fraud conspiracy.

The video referenced by Darling shows an unnamed man asking a Washington, D.C. poll worker for Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot. After a poll worker requests his signature — which, if he’d signed, would have constituted a felony — the man claims he’s forgotten his identification and leaves, having not committed a crime.

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Even if O’Keefe’s associate had gone ahead and committed felony fraud, Holder would still have been given a provisional ballot, which are carefully scrutinized by attorneys for both political parties.

Another of O’Keefe’s voter fraud videos depicts men purported to be foreigners obtaining ballots and voting in New Hampshire. Both were later revealed to be legally entitled to vote. Yet another video claims to depict an O’Keefe’s associate obtaining the ballot of a dead man in North Carolina. The ballot was later revealed to belong to the man’s son, who’s still very much alive, shares his father’s name and lives at his father’s former address.

The specter of voter fraud is one that Republicans have frequently used to justify voter roll purges and the imposition of voter ID laws. According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, changes to voting laws could suppress up to five million votes during the 2012 elections, particularly among young, minority and low-income voters, as well as those with disabilities — all of whom tend to vote for Democrats.

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The Department of Justice is currently engaged in efforts to stop voter ID laws and an ongoing purge of voters from rolls in several states. Republican officials in Florida, however, said on Monday that their voter purge will continue despite the federal government’s order to cease the operation by Wednesday.

This video is from MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, broadcast Monday, June 4, 2012.

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down wheelie-popping black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a black teenager, struck his bicycle and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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