The rise of right-wing militants: 'Patriot' candidates are now getting elected in Oregon

Joseph Rice’s manner is a long way from militia stereotypes. The Patriot Movement leader does not present as a crazed gun nut, nor as a blowhard white supremacist. He’s genial, folksy, and matter-of-fact in laying out his views. But talk to him for long enough, and time and again the Patriot Movement leader returns to what really drives him: land.

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Sick kids are dying because this Christian sect refuses to provide them medical help

Mariah Walton’s voice is quiet – her lungs have been wrecked by her illness, and her respirator doesn’t help. But her tone is resolute.

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What is the link between the Oregon militants and Mormonism?

On the afternoon of Tuesday the 26th of January, LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Mohave County, Arizona, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers. It happened on Highway 395 in Oregon after he and other members of an armed right-wing group were subject to a police stop. They were on their way to try to spread their mission of resistance to the U.S. government to neighbouring counties.

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Spare me this sanctimonious Australian self-congratulation after US gun massacres

Barack Obama remarked last week that gun massacres have attracted a “routine” response. I found no such response was available to me when I drove down to Roseburg from Portland last week to help cover the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg for Guardian US. The impact of such a horrific event in a small, conservative, quite religious community was too messy.

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Lessons from a marijuana conference: Stay in school and be nice to mom

Oregon’s cannabis industry is going overground. From 1 October, sellers will be allowed to sell to the all-new, all-legal recreational market.

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American, socialist and proud: Meet Bernie Sanders's supporters

What does socialism mean in America? Some recent events suggest we haven’t a clue.

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Meet the Oregon police dogs who have a big drug problem

There’s little doubt that Travis Dahl adores his dog Dora, and absolutely none that she adores him. But their partnership is on borrowed time. Soon, Dora will leave for a new home and a new job. “It’ll be a bittersweet moment when she leaves, that’s for sure,” he says ruefully.

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