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Joe Biden had close ties to police officials. Will they help him now?

The challenges ahead would overshadow this episode by an order of magnitude.

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer in 2014 ushered in a new period of uproar in law enforcement and race relations. The federal government was immediately involved, with the Justice Department opening an investigation using the power it had been given two decades earlier – by the same 1994 criminal law that Mr Biden had led and police groups had led. defended. In the summer of 2016, a climate of crisis had set in, as the country faced the successive murders of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, in Louisiana and Minnesota, and officers in Dallas.

For Mr. Biden, it was no longer possible to focus on the mechanics of fighting crime on issues of race.

Mr Biden has repeatedly summoned union leaders and leaders to his residence and office, and supported an administrative task force tasked with drafting a reform agenda. Ms Robinson, who co-chaired the panel, said Mr Biden’s involvement helped gain cooperation from suspicious police groups, calling it ‘a reflection of his real sensitivity to the tone, the way things are are received and the role it can play. in these situations. “

Ronald L. Davis, a member of the task force that previously headed the federal community-based policing program, which funds policing, said Biden had insisted the group should “find real solutions ”, not just generating a report. (The group’s work has been largely dismantled by the Trump administration.)

Without Mr Biden’s involvement, it is possible that an insurmountable rift could have opened between the administration and crucial law enforcement groups. Mr Wexler described a session at the Naval Observatory in the aftermath of Ferguson, when police chiefs and union leaders disagreed.

“The police chiefs were pushing for reform, the unions were digging and Biden welcomed us all into his home,” Wexler said. “He was doing the mediation, in the sense that he let people talk, and at the very least he was the organizer, because everyone knew him.

But while Mr Biden’s ease and concern for cops helped bring police groups to the table, some law enforcement officials felt a growing sense of grievance as the administration embarked on a reform program. . Mr. Pasco, of the Fraternal Order of Police, said that despite all of Mr. Biden’s sincere advocacy, he was still “on the anti-police side of these issues.”

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“ I voted for a guy named Trump, ” the president said after voting in person in Florida.

President Trump traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday morning to vote early and in person in the 2020 election after spending months making unsubstantiated statements about voter fraud in an election during which polls showed him he was following Joe Biden.

Mr. Trump voted at the West Palm Beach Main Library, about a year after moving his primary residence to Palm Beach, Florida from Manhattan. Early voting centers opened in critical battlefield condition on Saturday, but millions of Floridians have already voted by mail.

“I voted for a guy named Trump,” the president said, according to a report from the pool. Mr. Trump also noted that his experience had been “perfect” and that “it was a very safe vote.”

Mr Trump wore a mask during the morning shutdown, the pool report also said. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, told the Pool reporter that there was no one else inside the library voting at the same time as Mr. Trump and that he had voted on paper.

Mr Trump voted by mail in August in the Florida primaries, although he has repeatedly argued, without evidence, that postal voting invites fraud. More broadly, Mr. Trump has asserted that the 2020 election will be “the most corrupt election in our country’s history.”

In fact, numerous independent studies and government reviews have concluded that voter fraud is extremely rare in any form, including postal voting.

On Saturday morning, the President’s motorcade left Mar-a-Lago at 9.43am and arrived at the library about 10 minutes later. Supporters of Mr. Trump waited at the site and applauded his arrival, according to the pool report. The procession took off at around 10:20 a.m. and was headed for the Palm Beach airport.

The president is expected to appear later Saturday in Lumberton, North Carolina and then travel to Ohio and Wisconsin, a trio of crucial swing states.

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New York billboards with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner draw a threatening letter.

A lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner threatened on Friday to take legal action against the Lincoln Project, a super PAC made up of anti-Trump conservatives, unless the group remove a pair of large billboards from Times Square in Manhattan.

One of the billboards shows a smiling Mrs. Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, gesturing to national and state counts of coronavirus deaths.

Another features a smiling photo of her husband, Mr. Kushner, alongside a quote saying New Yorkers “are going to suffer and this is their problem.” Below the quote is a series of body bags.

The quote is from a Vanity Fair article published in September on Mr Kushner’s role in the federal response to the coronavirus. The article claims Mr Kushner accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of not ‘hammering the phones hard enough’ for coronavirus protective gear for New York City, then added: ‘His people are going to suffer and this is their problem. “

The threatening letter Marc E. Kasowitz, a New York attorney who represents the couple and has worked for President Trump in the past, called the ads malicious and defamatory.

“Of course, Mr. Kushner never made such a statement; Ms. Trump has never made such a move, and Project Lincoln’s claim that they did is an outrageous and shameful libel, ”the letter from Mr. Kasowitz read. “If these signs are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will undoubtedly be huge compensatory and punitive damages.”

The Lincoln Project tweeted the letter Friday night, with a declaration who promised to leave the billboards in place.

“Jared and Ivanka have always been out of touch bullies who never gave the slightest indication that they have any respect for the American people,” the statement read in part. “We plan to show them the same level of respect.”

The Times Square billboards were erected this week on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway, as part of a series of advertisements the Lincoln Project ran across the country.

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Arrest leads to tragedy in Rio Grande valley

MPs found Mr Gonzalez and made him wake up, according to the Texas Rangers report. At first they ordered Mr. Gonzalez to go to sleep in a trailer, but Sergeant Treviño decided to arrest him after Mr. Duque said he did not live on the property.

Mr Gonzalez later told his sister he was scared, so he ran away – maybe, she said, because he knew the sheriff’s office was cooperating with the sheriff’s services. immigration and customs.

Members have addressed it. Mr. Duque said in an interview that Mr. Gonzalez, who weighed 6 feet 3 inches and 235 pounds, ran but did not fight when officers handcuffed him.

“He just didn’t want to be arrested,” he said.

Jesus Reyes, a tenant, said he saw “one deputy pick up Jorge’s hands from the back, another tripped him and the third looked like he had hit or shot Jorge’s head.

Mr Reyes said Mr Gonzalez fell to the ground head first and appeared to be unconscious after that, but Mr Reyes then heard the sound of a taser and heard Mr Gonzalez scream.

At that time, another witness told the Texas Rangers that MPs handcuffed and shackled Mr. Gonzalez to the patrol cars, but when they reached the cars, Mr. Gonzalez fell to the ground again. Next, the witness saw a deputy kneel on Mr. Gonzalez’s back and a second kneel on his neck.

In a dash cam video from inside a patrol car, according to the investigator, Deputy Cabrera could be seen shooting Mr. Gonzalez in the chest in the back seat, he said. -he declares. Mr. Gonzalez kept saying that the deputies had “paralyzed” him. “I’m not breathing,” he said, using words similar to those Mr. Floyd had used during his arrest. “Come get me.”

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As her dad battles ‘dumb’ scientists, Ivanka Trump talks ice cream

“Listen,” Ms. Schlapp laughs, “The president punches when he needs to punch. Her daughter has her own story to tell and her own way of telling it.

Yet a substitute can only stray so far from a campaign’s dominant message and messenger. Mrs. Trump could speak with endless confidence about all the important lessons her father instilled in her (“Find something that excites you, for this is the way to happiness”). She could focus on suburban parental concerns such as school choice and education reform, and lament “the loss of social interaction for our children” during the coronavirus outbreak. She could avoid any discussion of immigration, caravans, walls or family separation.

And then, later that day, it was reported that the parents of 545 children who had been separated from them at the southern border could not be found.

“On the one hand, a family member of a president can offer a softening and humanizing touch,” said Gil Troy, a presidential historian who has written extensively on early families. In such a polarized and binary environment, he added, Ms. Trump can still offer some reassurance to Republicans who dislike her father but would be loath to support Mr. Biden. “Ivanka can still be proof that ‘you see, it’s not that bad,’” Mr. Troy said. “She’s trying to be a port in the storm.” At some point, although the contrast becomes too stark. “It almost becomes a counter-campaign rather than a support campaign,” he said.

And while Ms. Trump may avoid the vitriolic language of her father and brothers, she has been linked to policies and actions that critics find equally obnoxious or misguided. She was, reportedly, a supporter of her father’s march on Lafayette Square last spring in protests against racial injustice, which culminated in a photo shoot waving the Bible outside St. John’s Church. damaged by fire. The widely ridiculed performance is one of the most notorious spectacles of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

She has shown a knack for the subconscious and deaf gestures of tone: eliciting negative reactions, for example, after tweeting a photo of herself cuddling her two-year-old son as migrant children were reportedly abducted from force to their mother by border officials. Ms Trump’s official position in the White House – along with that of her husband, Jared Kushner – has drawn widespread criticism of nepotism and potential violations of the Hatch Law.

As perhaps the president’s most influential assistant, his daughter tends to be silent in public, even about policies she would personally be opposed to. She inspired a parody perfume ad on Saturday Night Live – a scent called “Complicit.” (“She is beautiful. She is powerful. She is partner in crime. ”)

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UnitedHealth ships flu kits to Medicare beneficiaries

As Covid-19-related hospitalizations increase again in many parts of the country, public health officials have expressed concerns about a perpetual source of pressure on the healthcare system: seasonal flu. As threats of a “twindemic” loom, health workers have stressed the need for vaccination and other preventive measures to slow the spread of the flu.

Insurance company goes further to try to mitigate the effects of the flu season: UnitedHealthcare, the country’s largest health insurance company, plans to provide at-risk patients with 200,000 kits including Tamiflu, the antiviral treatment on order; a digital thermometer; and a PCR diagnostic test for the coronavirus. People can take the test at home and then mail it in for lab analysis, helping patients and doctors determine the cause of their symptoms, which is especially important because coronavirus and the flu have symptoms. similar symptoms but differ in treatment.

“These viruses have proven to be highly capable of straining our health care system on their own,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, Associate Director of the Immunization Action Coalition. “Their combined impact is really worrying.”

At the end of September, UnitedHealthcare began inviting its Medicare Advantage members to sign up for the kits online or by phone, starting with a focus on those most at risk for complications from Covid-19 and influenza based on their age and state of health. Since then, 120,000 people have registered and the company has started shipping the kits. The company has more than five million Medicare Advantage members.

The company said providing people with Tamiflu in advance could help lessen the severity of influenza infections, as the antiviral drug becomes less effective with each hour after symptoms appear and is virtually ineffective after 48 hours. . Tamiflu on average shortens the duration of illness by one to two days if taken quickly, according to Dr. Moore. It may also help prevent illness in a person at high risk for complications who has been exposed to the flu, but is not routinely recommended for preventive use in most populations.

All members who signed up for the flu kits were required to confirm their state of residence so that the prescription for Tamiflu could be dispensed by a doctor in their state. They had to certify, by phone or through an online form, that they would wait to take the prescription drug or coronavirus test until they received instructions from a doctor via a telemedicine appointment. , although there is no additional system to verify this process. once they have received their kits. Members also had to agree not to give the medicine to others.

“We thought, ‘Imagine if you start to get sick and already have a mini-pharmacy at home,” said Dr Deneen Vojta, executive vice president of research and development at UnitedHealthcare. The goal, she added, is to reduce the number of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths from seasonal flu.

There is no charge for Tamiflu or the coronavirus test, as long as people receive medical advice via telemedicine. A company spokesperson said the kits could save money by reducing hospital admissions through preventative care.

Recipients of the influenza kit will be asked to schedule virtual doctor appointments if they have viral symptoms. This initiative has become possible in large part thanks to the increased acceptance of telemedicine by the public amid the pandemic. A national Deloitte survey released in August found that the proportion of healthcare consumers using virtual medical visits rose to 28% in April 2020, from 15% in 2019, as patients avoided in-person clinic visits. where they are at increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

UnitedHealthcare’s initiative targeted Medicare patients, as older people are at higher risk for serious infection with both the coronavirus and the flu. Covid-19 patients over 80 are hundreds of times more likely to die from the disease than those under 40. They are also more likely to die from the flu – between 70 and 85 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years of age or older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UnitedHealthcare also plans to collect data on co-infection with coronavirus and influenza. Analysis from Public Health England showed that people infected with the two viruses were more than twice as likely to die and that most cases of co-infection were in older populations.

Although no other insurance company has announced plans to send prescription antiviral drugs, Aetna has announced that it will send its 2.7 million Medicare membership kits containing a thermometer, a hand sanitizer and face masks. Anthem has partnered with community organizations to create 500 local pop-up clinics that deliver free flu shots.

There is cause for optimism in efforts to mitigate the spread of influenza this year, according to Dr. Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at Harvard. Australia reported a 99% decrease in reported influenza infections this year compared to 2019, in part due to widespread social distancing.

Americans should still do everything possible to prevent influenza infection through vaccination. “If the demand for the two viruses overlaps, it will exacerbate the problem of health care delivery,” said Dr Lipsitch. “Our health systems are already generally stretched by the flu season and could be further stretched by Covid.”

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Wealthy Millennial Women Tend to Trust Their Husbands for Investing

Many conversations about empowering women focus on negotiating pay increases, Ms. Porter said. “But what good is it for you if you don’t know what your savings plan will be with that little extra cash?” she says. “What’s the point of climbing that ladder and getting the next higher paying job with better benefits if you don’t take the time to invest that retirement fund properly?”

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, an investment platform for women, said millennials might not have realized that if they didn’t have financial equality, they didn’t. no independence.

“Young women haven’t had so many hard-earned lessons,” she says.

The UBS study has limitations: It did not investigate baby boomers when they were three decades younger, the age of millennials today, so it’s hard to conclude to what extent divergent attitudes are due. to age and acquired wisdom in relation to other changes. And the women surveyed, who all had at least a quarter of a million dollars in investable assets, may not be representative of their generation as a whole.

Erin Lowry, personal finance advisor and author of “Broke Millennial,” said that one of the reasons baby boomer women might be more likely to view financial independence as essential to equality was that they had witnessed what could happen without her: Many were raised by mothers who were refused loans or credit cards in their name, she said.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s, argued a series of cases that paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, which prohibited creditors from asking questions about sex, marital status or use of birth. control.

“I know a lot of millennial women who are feminists, liberated and whatever, who let their husbands handle all the finances,” Ms. Lowry said. “It’s still an archetype in heterosexual relationships.”

One woman, a graduate student in her 30s, said that when she got married several years ago, her husband made most of the money and handled the couple’s long-term finances. This meant he had more of a say than she did in decisions such as where their daughter went to school and where they went on vacation, she said.

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Video: ‘We saw this pattern’: Harris calls Trump racist

“On the one hand you have Joe Biden, who has enough knowledge and courage to use the term and utter those words Black Lives Matter. On the other side, you have Donald Trump, who refuses and will never say Black Lives Matter, and who then has the nerve to present himself on this stage of the debate during the last debate in front of 70 million Americans, and would not condemn white supremacists. And you know, people asked me, they say, “ Well, Senator Harris – by the way, the senator is not on my birth certificate, it’s Kamala – and they say, well, is you say, do you think he a racist? Yes. Yes. Because you see, it’s not like it’s something random. We have seen this model. Let us return to questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama. Back in Charlottesville, as people peacefully protested racial injustice in America, a woman was killed. And on the other side you had a bunch of neo-Nazis, carrying swastikas, carrying tiki torches, insulting and throwing anti-Semitic and racist slurs, and Donald Trump said, ‘Well, there are good people on both sides. “It doesn’t reflect who we think we are as a nation. We need a president who recognizes systemic racism, who recognizes America’s history, and who uses that tyrant chair and microphone in a way that speaks the truth with the intention of attacking inequalities and bring our country together.

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Red State Democrats Trump rallies: this week in the 2020 race

Welcome to our weekly review of the state of the 2020 campaign.

  • Joe Biden’s lead in national poll averages, including that of The Upshot, dipped slightly this week – barely declining less than 10 percentage points but seeming to remain stable there.

  • In national surveys published by both the New York Times / Siena College and Quinnipiac University, Mr. Biden led President Trump by two digits among both older and younger voters, a vivid example of how he muddied the standard political calculation.

  • A Montana Times / Siena poll released on Friday showed Mr. Trump was maintaining a six points lead there, and Senator Steve Daines, a pro-Trump Republican, appearing to steer clear of his Democratic challenger, Governor Steve Bullock. M. Daines headed by Three points in the closely watched race, a difference that is in the poll’s margin of error.

  • The Biden campaign made a lot more money in the bank than the Trump campaign in mid-October: $ 162 million at $ 43.6 million. The spread was $ 335 million to $ 223 million when all party funds are included.

President Trump did what his advisers wanted him to do in Thursday night’s debate, despite his lack of prep sessions: he didn’t interrupt former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and he calmed down. But with less than two weeks remaining in the race, and nearly 50 million votes already cast in the election, time for a reset that changes the dynamics of a race whose dynamics have not changed much since March. was dwindling. Most of the conversation on the debate stage was still about the president’s handling of the coronavirus, where he offered little new.

He accepted responsibility for the 220,000 lives lost, while deflecting all blame, all in the same breath. “I take full responsibility, but China brought him here,” he said. “It is not my fault.” He claimed that “2.2 million people modeled had to die,” a claim he often repeats but for which there is no clear support. Mr. Trump’s attempts to portray Mr. Biden as both corrupt and left-wing Trojan horse have failed (“he thinks he’s running against someone else,” Biden retorted at one point ). And the issue of law and order the president wanted to raise has diminished in most parts of the country since a summer of protests.

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As the end of the race neared, Mr. Trump only managed to make the election a referendum on himself: his response to the coronavirus, his tone and his tweets.

In North Carolina this week, Mr. Trump appeared in Gaston County, a reliable Republican county outside of Charlotte that has not received a visit from a general election candidate since President George HW Bush stopped there in 1992. In Florida, he visited villages. , the country’s largest retiree community that was part of its main constituency of older voters. In Wisconsin next week, Mr. Trump is expected to visit Waukesha, a county he won four years ago by his largest margin in the state.

  • He works hard to keep what he has His rally schedule indicates that his campaign has essentially left the suburbs of some battlefield states where he has bled support. “Everything we’ve seen of Trump politically, he’s always going back to his base,” said Doug Heye, former communications director for the Republican National Committee.

  • Trump believes in his own magic The president is ignoring all Covid-19 guidelines and is organizing large rallies in states where the number of positive cases is increasing. It’s kind of a repeat of his endgame strategy in 2016, when his advisers told him he wasn’t likely to win but held rallies until the end of the race. . He has since credited himself with crossing the finish line. The difference this time is that there hasn’t been an outside event yet – as James B. Comey, the former FBI Director, announcing new evidence related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation – to fundamentally change the course.

  • His advisers believe ground play could still get them through As Democrats have relied more on digital advertising, the Trump campaign has aggressively knocked on the door. Campaign assistants described the last few weeks of the campaign as “white punches” to the end, and said if a November 3 victory did materialize it would be because organizers were aggressively targeting them. voters in the battlefield states more than anything. Mr. Trump himself said on stage.

It is wrong to regard November 3 as election day. Millions of Americans have already voted, using methods like early voting or postal voting. In fact, amid the continued spread of the coronavirus, most experts believe this presidential election will feature more Americans voting out of the polls in person than ever before.

This reality has led to eye-catching poll totals in several states. However, projecting the early vote tally onto the election day results has been a trap of electoral analysis for years. Here are some things we know – and don’t know – based on the number of ballots that have already been cast.

  • The enthusiasm of the voters There is evidence that this presidential cycle will see increased participation compared to four years ago. Several states have already broken records for early voter turnout, including Georgia and North Carolina. In Texas, the populated Harris County of Harris is on the verge of surpassing its entire total of votes in 2016 for early voting alone – more than 1.3 million people. It comes as the rising turnout has been a hallmark of the election under Mr. Trump’s presidency, from midterm to lower ballot races. This speaks to a reality that has been true for Mr. Trump for years – he inspires fervent passion within his base, but also significant backlash.

  • Beware of projection Democrats should have voted more during the early voting process. That doesn’t mean a Democratic victory is assured by election day, however, as both parties expect Mr. Trump’s supporters to favor the in-person vote on November 3. regions and have longer wait times. It is also because Mr. Trump and the Republicans have spoken out against postal voting.

  • The system holds The worst fear of election observers was a voting system that could not handle the surge in activity and would fail. So far, the system has held up. In Georgia, initiatives such as converting a basketball arena into a socially remote polling station have been successful. Election day will be the biggest stress test of all, but the preparation has sent encouraging signs to electoral integrity officials.

Mr. Biden’s campaign has a clear path to victory by reversing Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan. However, the campaign is increasingly hearing calls from Democrats in states that were once considered distant, such as Georgia, Texas, Iowa and Ohio.

Mr. Biden’s campaign, however, has long argued that the race is closer than it looks in the polls, and that it should conserve resources for the must-see states. In recent days, however, there are signs of a late-game push by Democrats to states seen as surplus. In part, they are following the advice of some leading Democrats and major donor groups, who have argued with Mr. Biden’s campaign that a big win is needed to launch a transformative presidency. Here’s what you need to know about the Biden campaign strategy in the Dark Red States.

  • Don’t expect Biden himself Mr. Biden’s campaign sent several surrogates to Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Texas – including his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California. The campaign wants these surplus states to feel engaged and supported. However, the campaign will be remembered for how the Clinton campaign was mocked for caring more about harder-to-win states while neglecting major battlegrounds.

  • They have money Mr Biden is raising mind-boggling amounts, entering the final month of the campaign with more than a quarter of a billion dollars in hand. The campaign can afford to keep television commercials in Georgia while staging a blitz in Pennsylvania.

  • Senate control is at stake States like Georgia, Texas and Iowa may not be needed for Mr Biden to win the White House, but they are critical to whether Democrats will be able to take back the Senate. Mr Biden will be well aware of this importance, as much of former President Barack Obama’s agenda throughout his tenure has been blocked by a Republican Senate that has fought him at every turn. Senate races in Georgia, Texas and Iowa poll at close statistical ties. As Mr. Biden maintains a presence in those states, it is also to help these Democrats vote down.

  • Students can register to vote on their campus or in their hometown, leaving students with a strategic choice: their votes might be more likely to make a difference in a battlefield state or in a swing neighborhood.

  • Disinformation is even more rampant this election cycle than it was in 2016. Colorado has a new initiative that will run social media ads and expand digital reach to help voters identify foreign disinformation. . Very few states are following suit.

Shane Goldmacher, Isabella Grullón Paz and Giovanni Russonello contributed reporting.

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Far-right groups behind most US terrorist attacks, report says

White supremacists and other like-minded groups have carried out the majority of terrorist attacks in the United States this year, according to a report by a security think tank that echoed warnings issued by the Department of Security interior this month.

The report, released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, found that white supremacist groups were responsible for 41 of 61 “terrorist plots and attacks” in the first eight months of this year, or 67 percent.

The discovery comes about two weeks after an annual Department of Homeland Security assessment warned that violent white supremacy was “the most persistent and deadly threat in the country” and that white supremacists were the deadliest of all. national terrorists in recent years.

Researchers at the think tank found that threats of violence were in part linked to this year’s mass protests and clashes with protesters from various factions. The report states that “far-left and far-right violence are deeply intertwined” and that far-left groups, including anarchists and anti-fascist organizations, are responsible for 12 attacks and plots so far this year, i.e. 20% of the total number, compared to 8% in 2019.

The CSIS report, which describes itself as a non-partisan center, found that far-left extremists most often targeted law enforcement, military and government facilities and personnel.

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The report highlighted several cases, including fatal shootings linked to protests and the arrest by the FBI of 13 men accused of plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan, a Democrat. These cases, along with President Trump’s denunciations of left-wing activists and his refusal during a presidential debate to condemn a far-right group, have repeatedly raised fears of politically motivated violence this year.

“Part of the problem that we are seeing is that people coming together, whether for protests or other issues, in the cities, is that it has basically brought extremists from all walks of life nearby,” said Seth Jones, Director of Transnational. Threats project in the center. “We have seen people on all sides armed, and this raises concerns about the escalation of violence in American cities.”

The report also linked the threat of violence to the country’s busy politics, the coronavirus pandemic and its financial fallout. He warned that violence could increase after the presidential election due to growing polarization, growing economic challenges, concerns about racial injustice and the persisting health risks of coronaviruses.

He said if Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the election, white supremacists could rally, with targets likely to be blacks, Latinos, Jews and Muslims. A Republican presidential victory could involve violence from large-scale protests, according to the report.

There were encouraging signs. The death toll from domestic terrorism has been relatively low so far this year, compared to some periods in US history.

Five deaths have been caused by domestic terrorism in the first eight months of this year, compared to the past five years, in which the total number of deaths has ranged from 22 to 66.

The study attributed the lower number of deaths to effective intervention by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

The relatively low death toll resulting from a high number of terrorist incidents showed that extremists this year wanted to send messages through threats and intimidation, according to the report. Many incidents involved vehicles or weapons, so there was a high potential for deaths, but “an apparent lack of will,” he said.

Of the five deadly attacks this year, the report attributes one in Portland, Ore., To an activist affiliated with the cowardly far-left movement known as the “antifa”; one in Austin, Texas, to a man described as an “extreme right-wing extremist”; one in New Jersey to an “anti-feminist”; and two in California to a man linked to the so-called Boogaloo movement, an anti-government group whose members seek to exploit public unrest to incite a race war.

In an endnote, researchers said they had not classified the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which killed two protesters in August, as a terrorist attack. They said the person charged with the shooting, a teenager whose social media accounts showed strong support for the police, “had no clear political motive for the killings.”

Mr Jones said the number of small structured groups had increased over the past two years, as part of a larger increase in organized violence recently compared to the 1960s and 1970s, when attacks tended to be led by relatively decentralized extremists.

A continued increase in organized violence in the United States, perpetrated by groups with sophisticated training and fundraising structures, Jones said, would be “a development of great concern.”

Protesters have been targeted in a large percentage of attacks by far-right and far-left groups, according to the report.

Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University specializing in terrorism and insurgency, said the number of attacks directed against protesters was alarming.

“It is of fundamental concern that Americans who exercise their right to freedom of assembly and speech during protests are increasingly targeted.” said Hoffman, who was not involved in the centre’s report. “I think all Americans must find this worrying. This is not our country. “