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Zuckerberg’s cash fuels GOP suspicion and new election rules

DENVER (AP) — When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $400 million to help fund election offices as they scrambled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic late last summer, he said he hoped he would never have to do it again.

Republican legislatures are granting him that wish.

At least eight GOP-controlled states have passed bans on donations to election offices this year as Republicans try to block outside funding of voting operations. The legislation often comes as part of Republican packages that also . . .

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Trump: Fraud Allegations Were to Safeguard Vote ‘Integrity’ Not to ‘Overturn Election’

Former President Donald Trump denounced “corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats” efforts to spin his duty to pursue election integrity into an alleged attempt “to overturn the election.”

The investigations in the “the rigged election of 2020” are intended to “uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote,” Trump wrote in a statement from his Save America PAC on Saturday.

“The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee [Friday] released documents — including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020 — that they . . .

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‘Botched’: Arizona GOP’s ballot count ends, troubles persist

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy.

When the auditors stopped the counting and returned the ballots this week, it hadn’t gotten better. In the last week alone, the only audit leader with substantial election experience was locked out of the building, went on the radio to say he was quitting, then reversed course hours later. The review’s Twitter accounts . . .

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Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation.

The notes of the Dec. 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump went to try to overturn the results of the election and to elicit the support of law enforcement officials and other government leaders in that effort. Emails released last month show that Trump and . . .

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Trump Accuses Arizona ‘RINO’ of Holding Up Forensic Audit

While the Republican-held Arizona Senate is mostly backing the forensic audit of Maricopa County, former President Donald Trump is calling out a “RINO” for “doing everything in his power” to obstruct it.

Trump wrote in a statement Thursday from his Save America PAC:

“Republican Arizona State Sen. Paul Boyer, a RINO if there ever was one, is doing everything in his power to hold up the damning Forensic Audit of Maricopa County which has been taking place over the last 90 days. The people of Arizona are demanding it. Boyer has been nothing but trouble, and nobody knows why. All we demand is Voter Integrity!”

RINO, an acronym for Republican in name only, is used by some to describe GOP lawmakers who break from the party on certain issues. Trump often uses it to . . .

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Trump: ‘No Talk of Coup’

Trump issued his statement following reports that a soon-to-be-released book claims Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, feared the then-president and his allies might attempt to use the military to stay in office.

“Despite the fact that the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen, and while numerous people, including the outside public, were saying we . . .

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