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The January 6th Insurrection One Year Later Links:

Pelosi announces Capitol events to mark anniversary of Jan. 6 riot - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-announces-capitol-events-mark-one-year-anniversary-jan-6-n1286804

Recalling Jan. 6: A national day of infamy, half remembered - https://apnews.com/article/jan-6-capitol-siege-national-day-infamy-03af7b4c7f0ee1a1c3bdb5dbf2728f84

Republicans and Democrats divided over Jan. 6 insurrection and Trump’s culpability, Post-UMD poll finds - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/01/post-poll-january-6/

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll: One Year Since the Unrest at the U.S. Capitol, January 2022 - https://maristpoll.marist.edu/polls/npr-pbs-newshour-marist-national-poll-one-year-since-the-unrest-at-the-u-s-capitol-january-2022/

Despite brutal video, only GOP minority say 1/6 very violent - https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-riots-donald-trump-only-on-ap-congress-3dc5964a8139ae964f7c5c66798a987d

Trump cancels Jan. 6 event amid GOP complaints - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/04/gop-trump-jan-6-speech-526487

Trump cancels Jan. 6 news conference at Mar-a-Lago, blames news media and House committee investigating attack on Capitol - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-cancels-jan-6-news-conference-at-mar-a-lago-blames-news-media-and-house-committee-investigating-attack-on-capitol/2022/01/04/7dac1d9e-6db4-11ec-aaa8-35d1865a6977_story.html

Jan. 6 Panel Faces Difficult Questions as Anniversary of Capitol Riot Approaches - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/02/us/politics/jan-6-capitol-riot-anniversary.html

In the Capitol’s Shadow, the Jan. 6 Panel Quietly Ramps Up Its Inquiry - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/us/politics/capitol-riot-panel.html

January 6 committee gets inside Trump's West Wing wall of obstruction - https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/03/politics/donald-trump-january-6-committee/index.html

Jan. 6 committee asks Supreme Court to deny Trump request to shield records - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/jan-6-committee-asks-supreme-court-deny-trump-request-shield-n1286793

Committee investigating Jan. 6 attack plans to begin a more public phase of its work in the new year - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/january-6-attack-investigation/2021/12/27/e2c37488-62d4-11ec-8ce3-9454d0b46d42_story.html

Biden White House concludes Jan. 6 preparations hurt by lack of high-level intelligence-sharing - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/white-house-jan-6-lessons/2022/01/04/10970c9c-6cd2-11ec-a5d2-7712163262f0_story.html

Prosecutors Move Quickly on Jan. 6 Cases, but One Big Question Remains - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/us/politics/jan-6-capitol-riot-investigation.html

Prosecutors break down charges, convictions for 725 arrested so far in Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/12/31/capitol-deadly-attack-insurrection-arrested-convicted/

More than 1,000 US public figures aided Trump’s effort to overturn election - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/trump-capitol-attack-democracy-election-insurrection-index

Exclusive poll: Americans fear a Jan. 6 repeat - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/trump-capitol-attack-democracy-election-insurrection-index

Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/technology/apple-google-spotify-podcast-election-misinformation.html

Facebook groups topped 10,000 daily attacks on election before Jan. 6, analysis shows - https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/04/facebook-election-misinformation-capitol-riot/

The January 6 Insurrection Isn’t Over - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/january-6-insurrection-isnt-over

‘We were trapped’: Trauma of Jan. 6 lingers for lawmakers - https://apnews.com/article/jan-6-capitol-siege-lawmakers-trauma-04e29724aa6017180259385642c1b990

The Capitol Police and the Scars of Jan. 6 - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/magazine/jan-6-capitol-police-officers.html

Capitol Police see sharp increase in threats to Congress, departure of dozens of officers - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/03/manger-capitol-police-chief/

Insurrection prompts year of change for US Capitol Police - https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-police-riots-congress-c632472d5e11063611b4a902859d49fb

Shaken by the Jan. 6 attack, Capitol workers quit jobs that once made them proud - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/02/jan-6-capitol-workers-quit/

As Jan. 6 anniversary approaches, fear, disbelief and anger still felt in Capitol Hill neighborhood - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/04/capitol-hill-neighborhood-jan6-attack-insurrection/

Teachers at culture war front lines with Jan. 6 education - https://apnews.com/article/education-boston-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-massachusetts-0afa16fa4efba084c5a62a3a02bdd30d

1 in 3 Americans say violence against government can be justified, citing fears of political schism, pandemic - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/01/1-3-americans-say-violence-against-government-can-be-justified-citing-fears-political-schism-pandemic/

Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/01/opinion/january-6-attack-committee.html?referringSource=articleShare

The Corporate Insurrection: How companies have broken promises and funded seditionists - https://www.citizensforethics.org/reports-investigations/crew-reports/the-corporate-insurrection-how-companies-have-broken-promises-and-funded-seditionists/

Corporations, trade groups gave over $8 million to GOP election objectors following Jan. 6 riot, new study shows - https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/03/corporations-groups-gave-over-8-million-to-gop-election-objectors-after-jan-6-riot-study.html

No business as usual after Jan. 6 - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/no-business-as-usual-after-jan-6/

Since Jan. 6, the pro-Trump Internet has descended into infighting over money and followers -https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/03/trump-qanon-online-money-war-jan6/

How to Stop Trump and Prevent Another Jan. 6 - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/opinion/trump-jan-6-democracy.html

House Democrat calls for novel Jan. 6 commemoration: Expel GOP members who helped incite the attack - https://www.salon.com/2021/12/27/democrat-calls-for-novel-jan-6-commemoration-expel-members-helped-incite-the_partner/

THE 14POINT3 CAMPAIGN - https://freespeechforpeople.org/the-14point3-campaign/

How the Jan. 6 anniversary and voting rights are tied together - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Threats-to-democracy/january-6

Be the flame of democracy on Jan. 6 - https://religionnews.com/2022/01/04/be-the-flame-of-democracy-on-jan-6/

Democracy in the News Links:

Trump Distributed Bogus Election Fraud Research to ‘Every’ Congressional Republican -https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/peter-navarro-interview-jan-6-electoral-college-1277938/

Prominent political podcasters played key role in spreading the ‘Big Lie’ - https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/prominent-political-podcasters-played-key-role-in-spreading-the-big-lie/

Key local election officials in battleground states still face threats over a year after 2020 election - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-officials-threats-2020-election/

Trump acolytes vie for key election oversight posts in US midterms - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/02/trump-acolytes-crucial-election-oversight-posts-2022-midterms

Here's where election-denying candidates are running to control voting - https://www.npr.org/2022/01/04/1069232219/heres-where-election-deniers-and-doubters-are-running-to-control-voting

‘Slow-motion insurrection’: How GOP seizes election power - https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-united-states-elections-electoral-college-election-2020-809215812f4bc6e5907573ba98247c0c

6 in 10 Americans say U.S. democracy is in crisis as 'The Big Lie' takes root - https://www.npr.org/2022/01/03/1069764164/american-democracy-poll-jan-6

Was Trump just the "warm-up act"? Canadian scholar warns of "right-wing dictatorship" - https://www.salon.com/2022/01/04/was-just-the-warm-up-act-canadian-scholar-warns-of-right-wing-dictatorship_partner/

Inside the campaign to undermine Georgia’s election - https://www.ajc.com/politics/election/georgia-2020-election-what-happened/

Georgia review found just four deceased voters' ballots cast in 2020 election - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/587483-georgia-investigators-find-four-cases-of-deceased-voters-casting-ballots-in?rl=1

Georgia voting law wasn’t enough for Republican legislators - https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/first-part-of-texas-2020-election-audit-reveals-few-issues-echoes-findings-from-review-processes-already-in-place/285-04d27ce2-d035-4ec4-a660-4da29bc4cc43

First part of Texas’ 2020 election audit reveals few issues, echoes findings from review processes already in place - https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/first-part-of-texas-2020-election-audit-reveals-few-issues-echoes-findings-from-review-processes-already-in-place/285-04d27ce2-d035-4ec4-a660-4da29bc4cc43

Texas and other state audits should restore voter confidence in our elections — but will they? - https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/588137-texas-and-other-state-audits-should-restore-voter-confidence-in-our?rl=1

Three WA Republican legislators used taxpayer money to attend Mike Lindell’s election conspiracy conference - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/three-wa-republican-legislators-used-taxpayer-money-to-attend-mike-lindells-election-conspiracy-conference/

Election fraud occurs, but rarely and without impacting results - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Threats-to-democracy/was-there-election-fraud

More than half of Americans believe politicians are trying to make voting more difficult, UMass Ameherst Poll finds - https://www.wcvb.com/article/umass-amherst-poll-united-states-voting-access-reforms-jan-2021/38667412#

Voting Rights and the Battle Over Elections: What to Know - https://www.nytimes.com/article/voting-rights-tracker.html

Opinion: We need a new doomsday clock — for democracy - https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2022/01/04/democracy-threat-republicans-doomsday-clock-needed/9091499002/

How does this end? Where the crisis in American democracy might be headed. - https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22814025/democracy-trump-january-6-capitol-riot-election-violence

The next US civil war is already here – we just refuse to see it - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/04/next-us-civil-war-already-here-we-refuse-to-see-it

Senate Democrats look to Jan. 6 anniversary to push election reform - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-democrats-jan-anniversary-push-election-reform/story?id=82075984

Capitol Hill Democrats pause BBB and turn to voting rights - https://cbs4local.com/news/connect-to-congress/capitol-hill-democrats-pause-bbb-and-turn-instead-to-voting-rights

How the Freedom to Vote Act Can Blunt the Worst of Texas’s Voter Suppression Law - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-freedom-vote-act-can-blunt-worst-texass-voter-suppression-law

Manchin's reluctance leaves Democrats' U.S. voting rights bill at risk - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/senators-meeting-with-manchin-voting-rights-bills-schumer-2022-01-04/

January will make or break voting-rights push as Senate is set to consider rules changes - https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/03/voting-rights-bill-senate-to-consider-filibuster-rule-changes.html

Schumer says Senate will vote by Jan. 17 on changing rules if GOP continues to block voting rights legislation - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/schumer-says-senate-will-vote-by-jan-17-on-changing-rules-if-gop-continues-to-block-voting-rights-legislation/2022/01/03/453618c4-6ca7-11ec-b9fc-b394d592a7a6_story.html

Manchin floats modest Senate rules changes - https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/588291-manchin-floats-modest-senate-rules-changes?rl=1

Biden pushed to speak out more as US democracy concerns grow - https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-capitol-siege-voting-rights-donald-trump-b0e831f72f2da099bfbc37c6987a7989

Trump Is Making the Midterms a Referendum on Himself - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/01/2022-midterm-elections-primaries-trump/620981/

A Year After Capitol Riot, Trump’s Hold on G.O.P. Is Unrivaled - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/us/politics/trump-gop-jan-6.html

A Long, Hard Year for Republicans Who Voted to Impeach After Jan. 6 - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/us/politics/republican-impeachment-votes-trump-jan-6.htm

Trump Endorses Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Far-Right Prime Minister - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/03/us/politics/trump-endorses-viktor-orban-hungary.html

Democratic push on voting rights becomes more urgent as midterms approach - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/12/22/democratic-push-voting-rights-becomes-more-urgent-midterms-approach/

States prepare for new round of voting wars as midterms approach - https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/588058-states-prepare-for-new-round-of-voting-wars-as-midterms-approach?rl=1

These 24 States Improved Access to Voting This Year - https://www.democracydocket.com/news/these-24-states-improved-access-to-voting-this-year/

5 Things To Watch Going Into The Midterms - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/5-things-to-watch-going-into-the-midterms/

As election year begins, court wrangling over redistricting continues - https://wisconsinexaminer.com/brief/as-election-year-begins-court-wrangling-over-redistricting-continues/

Detroit lawmakers ask top Michigan court to block new voting maps - https://www.courthousenews.com/detroit-lawmakers-ask-top-michigan-court-to-block-new-voting-maps/

'They know where Black voters live': Challengers say 'race blind' redistricting maps are anything but - https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/29/politics/redistricting-race-blind-maps-texas-north-carolina/index.html

2022 House Overview: Still a GOP Advantage, but Redistricting Looks Like a Wash - https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/house/house-overview/2022-house-overview-still-gop-advantage-redistricting-looks-wash

December Redistricting Roundup: Where Things Stand in All 50 States - https://www.democracydocket.com/news/december-redistricting-roundup-where-things-stand-in-all-50-states/

In Assaults on Democracy, State Lawmakers Target Courts - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/assaults-democracy-state-lawmakers-target-courts

Chief Justice John Roberts Pledges to Bolster Judicial Ethics - https://www.wsj.com/articles/chief-justice-john-roberts-pledges-to-bolster-judicial-ethics-11640991604

Roberts says federal judiciary has some issues but doesn’t need congressional intervention -https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/chief-justice-roberts-report-federal-judiciary/2021/12/31/9c1f5c30-6a64-11ec-96f3-b8d3be309b6e_story.html

NC Voter ID Trial Delayed as US Supreme Court Examines Case - https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2021-12-31/nc-voter-id-trial-delayed-as-us-supreme-court-examines-case

The year Supreme Court conservatives made their mark - https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/28/politics/the-year-supreme-court-conservatives-made-their-mark/index.html

Just how much is Trump’s judiciary sabotaging the Biden presidency? - https://www.vox.com/22820378/trump-biden-supreme-court-judiciary-sabotage

Biden finishes 2021 with most confirmed judicial picks since Reagan - https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/biden-finishes-2021-with-most-confirmed-judicial-picks-since-reagan-2021-12-28/

Opinion: Mitch McConnell’s un-conservative plea to the Supreme Court - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/30/mitch-mcconnells-un-conservative-plea-supreme-court/

Boeing and Pfizer are among the companies and trade groups to have donated $8 million to Republicans who voted against certifying Biden's election victory, a report says - https://www.businessinsider.com/sedition-caucus-donald-trump-joe-biden-election-donations-capitol-siege-2022-1

Eli Lilly resumes contributions to politicians who refused to certify election on Jan. 6 - https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/03/jan-6-insurrection-aftermath-eli-lilly-resumes-contributions/9029086002/

Corporate donations to Sen. Joe Manchin’s PAC surged as he fought President Biden’s agenda - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/joe-manchin-pac-saw-surge-of-corporate-donations-as-he-fought-biden-agenda.html

GOP-aligned 'dark money' group launches $1M ad campaign to pressure Manchin - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-aligned-dark-money-group-launches-1m-ad-campaign-pressure-n1286969

Are U.S. companies punishing Republicans for Jan. 6? Here’s what our research finds. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/05/corporations-jan-6-republicans/

Election objectors are among the GOP’s highest fundraisers ahead of Jan. 6 anniversary -https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/01/election-objectors-among-gops-highest-fundraisers-ahead-of-jan-6-anniversary/

The Corporate Insurrection: How companies have broken promises and funded seditionists - https://www.citizensforethics.org/reports-investigations/crew-reports/the-corporate-insurrection-how-companies-have-broken-promises-and-funded-seditionists/

In Bad Company - https://www.accountable.us/research/in-bad-company/

Seven major corporations pledge not to support GOP objectors in 2022 - https://popular.info/p/seven-major-corporations-pledge-not

Liberal ‘dark money’ groups’ revenue soared ahead of 2020 elections - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2021/12/liberal-dark-money-groups-revenue-soared-ahead-of-2020-elections/

Amid ongoing threats, democracy reform forges ahead in 2021- https://thefulcrum.us/Justice/Anti-corruption/anti-corruption-efforts

Yakima County ordered to pay nearly $272,000 in voting rights case, lower than $2M requested - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/law-justice/yakima-county-ordered-to-pay-nearly-272000-in-voting-rights-case-lower-than-2m-requested/

Washington House to hold remote legislative sessions as COVID’s omicron surge continues - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-house-to-hold-remote-legislative-sessions-as-covids-omicron-surge-continues

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