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Maddow reveals how white supremacists can still lose in court — even if Bill Barr refuses to prosecute

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The host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC explained how white supremacist terrorists can still lose in court — even if Attorney General Bill Barr refuses to prosecute members of President Donald Trump’s base.

Maddow reported on the movement since the 1980s to go after organization in civil courts. She noted huge judgments against the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, skinheads in Oregon and the Aryan Nation in Idaho.

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“In the wake of the El Paso attack this weekend and other recent incidents of white nationalist and white supremacist violence and amid worries about the Trump administration’s attitude toward extremism of this exact kind, should this sort of thing be seen as a viable tactic?” Maddow wondered. “I mean, practically can it work?”

“Is this the kind of movement that could actually be hurt by being bankrupted, by being organizationally disrupted?” she asked. “Could these kinds of legal strategies be a strong alternative, particularly if the federal government is going to be an unreliable partner for the victims of these crimes?”

For analysis, Maddow interviewed Eli Saslow, the author of the 2018 book Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.

“We have seen in the past, people go after the organizational hubs, the leaders of various groups, trying to bankrupt them, trying to sort of organizationally decapitate them to slow down the movement. Do you feel like with the modern iteration of this movement that might be an effective strategy?” Maddow asked.

“I think it definitely can be effective and it has a place,” Saslow replied. “Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s a way to defeat white supremacy in the United States overall. That’s unfortunately a really tall order, because it’s so endemic in what this country is.”

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“But I think these judgments that have been won in some of these cases you’ve highlighted tonight, they’re empowering for people who historically and currently have been disenfranchised by the white supremacy movement or killed by the white supremacy movement or wounded or injured,” he continued.

“And, you know, that matters. To acknowledge that matters,” he explained. “And our country as a whole has not often been good at acknowledging that pain and suffering that has come on the other end of white supremacy.”

“So I think as a tactic it’s really useful and it’s emboldening for anti-racists to see that you can win and you can get big judgments against these people, Saslow concluded.

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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