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HHS spokesperson ridiculed for flameout after conspiracy theories: ‘Is this the criminally insane defense?’

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Michael Caputo. Image via screengrab.

On Tuesday, Trump HHS official Michael Caputo signaled his desire to take medical leave, following intense scrutiny over a conspiracy theory laden rant suggesting the CDC had an “armed resistance unit.”

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Caputo’s announcement drew reactions on social media, with many people making fun of his apparent obsession with the Grateful Dead.

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Foreign hackers cripple Texas county’s email system with a simple malware attack

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Last week, voters and election administrators who emailed Leanne Jackson, the clerk of rural Hamilton County in central Texas, received bureaucratic-looking replies. “Re: official precinct results,” one subject line read. The text supplied passwords for an attached file.

But Jackson didn’t send the messages. Instead, they came from Sri Lankan and Congolese email addresses, and they cleverly hid malicious software inside a Microsoft Word attachment. By the time Jackson learned about the forgery, it was too late. Hackers continued to fire off look-alike replies. Jackson’s three-person office, already grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, ground to a near standstill.

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Fox News built an ‘alternative reality’ to allow Trump to steal the election — and get away with it: Political scientist

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Fox News has laid the groundwork for President Donald Trump to steal the election -- and get away with it, according to a political scientist.

Rachel Bitecofer, an election analyst and senior adviser to the Lincoln Project, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that right-wing media had created an alternate reality that gave Trump's allies permission to believe he was saving democracy by stealing the election.

"Here's the thing you guys need to understand and America needs to understand," Bitecofer said. "I've been talking about this for a while, you can see this if you watch any of the congressional testimonies. In Republican world, it is they that are defending the institutional purity [and] Bill Barr is American hero, okay?"

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REVEALED: Republican election officials secretly consulted promoter of debunked voting fraud fears

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On July 15, a civil rights group formed by Black union workers called on the Ohio secretary of state to make voting amid the pandemic easier and safer. It advocated placing multiple secure ballot drop boxes in counties across the state.

When a deputy to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose received the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s press release, he responded quickly — but not to the group. Instead, according to records obtained by ProPublica, the deputy contacted the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, a leading advocate for the discredited argument that American elections are tainted by widespread voting fraud.

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