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Two ‘rabid’ men’s rights activist sites are now officially considered hate groups by the SPLC

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For the first time, two “men’s rights” groups have been added to a widely watched list of extremist groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual “Year In Hate” report on extremism today, and the report included two new male supremacy groups, A Voice For Men and Return Of Kings.

“The vilification of women by these groups makes them no different than hate groups that attack entire populations, such as the LGBT community, Muslims or Jews, based on their inherent characteristics,” the report reads.

“We’ve been monitoring them for the last few years, closely, just because of the rabid misogyny you find on these sites,” said the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich. “My colleagues and I talked about it and they definitely fall within our definition, so we should list them. How is the way they talk about women different from how neo-Nazis talk about Jews or the way American Renaissance talks about black people? It’s basically that all women are evil and they do terrible things.”

A Voice for Men was founded by Paul Elam in 2009, who SPLC identifies as being known for misrepresenting statistics to justify his claim that men are victims of a “malicious matriarchy.” The conspiracy-minded rhetoric has become violent in the past, with Elam dubbing October “Bash a Violent Bitch Month” where “men who are being attacked and physically abused by women” should “beat the living shit out of them.”

Return of Kings is run by Daryush Valizadeh, also known as “prominent Pick Up Artist” Roosh V., who has argued that sexual harassment does not exist. The site publishes stories advocating for the return of brothels as a way to stop school shootings because the shooters were suffering from low self-esteem based on their lack of sexual experience.

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“Most of the male rights stuff is not in groups, but on sites. But these are actual groups,” she says. “They talk about all women as being bad, not just some women and not just feminists.”

The full SPLC report is here.

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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