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Suspect in fatal attack on UK lawmaker bought US neo-Nazi group’s gun-building guide

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The 52-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed British Parliament member Jo Cox on Thursday has been a longtime supporter of an American neo-Nazi group, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported.

Thomas Mair spent around $620 in book orders from National Vanguard Books, the publishing arm of the National Alliance, including a manual he bought in 1999 that contained instructions on how to build a gun.

A screenshot from that guide, as posted by the SPLC, can be seen below.

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Mair also bought Ich Kampfe, an alleged reproduction of a manual given to new Nazi Party members in Germany during the 1940s, and subscribed to several of the group’s periodicals, including one called Improvised Munitions Handbook.

According to the SPLC, the “explicitly genocidal” National Alliance was formed by former physics professor William Pierce, who wrote one book, The Turner Diaries, that inspired Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 bombing attack in Oklahoma City. The group has splintered since Pierce’s death in 2002.

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Witnesses said Mair yelled “Britain first” while shooting Cox with a gun described as being “homemade or antique.” Cox had spoken out in opposition to a proposal calling for Britain to leave the European Union.

[h/t Gawker]

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He’ll ‘rot in prison’: At least one House Dem has bigger plans for Trump than impeachment

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An increasing number of Democrats have come out in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions in recent days. But Rep. Fre?derica Wilson of Florida bucked that trend on Monday by coming out specifically against impeachment, warning it would have negative consequences.

However, she made clear she wasn't opposed to impeachment because she's a fan of Trump or thinks his conduct isn't condemnable. In a tweet featuring an antagonizing and absurd meme, Wilson explained that she feared Trump would benefit from an impeachment push:

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Jared Diamond believes America is ruining itself in 4 different ways

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Jared Diamond is not afraid of big ideas. He has tackled such subjects as evolutionary psychology, the reasons why the West rose to global dominance, the lessons to be learned from "traditional societies" and the relationship between environmental change and the decline of ancient civilizations. and why ancient societies fell into decline.

Diamond has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship as well as the National Medal of Science. His bestselling book "Guns, Germs and Steel" won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Trump supporters are furious that knitting website Ravelry took a stand on white supremacy

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When you think of the knitting community, you might envision an elderly woman, sitting on a rocking chair in front of a fire with a pair of large knitting needles. In truth, the knitting and crocheting demographic has changed drastically in the twenty-first century, becoming younger, hipper, and increasingly tied to DIY culture.

Ravelry is a website where both millennials and knitting grannies (among other demographics) meet to talk about knitting, crocheting, weaving, and other craft and fabric arts. But if you plan to crochet a MAGA hat or knit a Trump sweater, think twice about posting it on Ravelry. The forum-style website, which is often described as "Facebook for knitters," recently issued a statement that they would ban open support of Donald Trump on their site. The widely-publicized move suggests that even communities that aren’t seen as specifically political — like knitters — are becoming politicized, sometimes in toxic ways, in an epoch of extreme political polarization in the United States.

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