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REVEALED: Portland right-wingers had gunmen positioned with a cache of weapons before recent protest

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Members of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group stowed a cache of loaded firearms at the top of a parking garage in downtown Portland above an August rally.

The Portland Mercury reported that police revealed in a Monday night press conference that they found and seized the firearms ahead of the group’s August 4 rally and “redirected” the group members. No arrests were made and police noted that the members had concealed carry permits.

The Monday press conference held by the Portland Police Bureau was initially convened to announce a new city ordinance adopted by Mayor Ted Wheeler that will require right-wing groups and the anti-fascists protesting against them to be corralled in separate designated areas.

The October 15 press conference was the first time PPB acknowledged publicly that its officers seized the loaded weapons from Patriot Prayer ahead of the rally.

The new city ordinance came after Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys and antifascists brawled outside a bar on October 13. Portland police were criticized for making no arrests during the violent incident.

Willamette Week noted that the October fight was reminiscent of the June 30 Patriot Prayer rally in which an antifascist counterprotester’s skull was fractured during the riot that ensued between the dueling groups.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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