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Another Bundy militant arrested after threatening to ‘start shooting federal law enforcement’

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Another armed militant who participated in the occupation of a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon early this year has been taken into custody, the Oregonian reports.

Scott Willingham, 49, was arrested on Wednesday in the tiny town of Mount Vernon, just outside Malheur National Forrest. Willingham was arrested at a motel after threatening to “start shooting federal law enforcement officers” in the morning.

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At the time of his arrest, Willingham was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and 230 rounds of .308 ammunition, according to the Oregonian. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, which is a felony, and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

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He is being held on $35,000 bail and was arraigned Thursday.

Willingham arrived at the wildlife refuge just days after it had been taken over by an armed militant group led by Ammon Bundy, the son of anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy. He had told the paper at the time that he worked on security detail and was being “groomed” for leadership.

Many high-profile figures involved in the occupation were arrested and charged, including Ammon Bundy. Cliven Bundy has also been arrested and charged on counts related to the stand-off at his Nevada ranch over his refusal to comply with federal grazing laws.

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Lawmakers more optimistic on COVID stimulus as election day looms

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV that legislators are starting to commit the measure to paper and she is optimistic it can win bipartisan support.

Whether policymakers can complete the negotiations in time for Congress to approve the package before the November 3 presidential election, however, remains a question mark.

"Our economy needs it. Hopefully by the end of the day today, we will know where we are," she said in an interview. "We are starting to write the bill."

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15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.

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Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.

Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020

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