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Eroding trust in US elections taxes state investigators – Associated Press

Photo: Alma Whalen, who oversees election law investigations, campaign finance disclosures and compliance for Oregon’s elections division, holds an Oregon voters’ pamphlet during an interview on Oct. 17, 2022, in Salem, Ore. As complaints about elections, many of them unfounded, pile up around the country, investigators tasked with dealing with them find themselves on the

Elections

EXPLAINER: Threats to US election security grow more complex – Associated Press

Photo: Employees test voting equipment at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Oct. 19, 2022 Top U.S. election security officials say protecting the nation’s voting systems has become increasingly challenging. That’s due mostly to the embrace by millions of Americans of unfounded conspiracy theories and false claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential race. With

Legal Beat

Supreme Court leak probe: So many questions, so few answers – Associated Press

Photo: Television news crews stand at the Supreme Court, May 3, 2022, in Washington, following news report by Politico that a draft opinion suggests the justices could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case Less than 24 hours after the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade,

Public Trust

Choose your reality: Trust wanes, conspiracy theories rise – Associated Press

Photo: This aerial image from video, shows damage to the Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on July 6, 2022. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the monument, which some Christians regard as satanic, was damaged by an explosion before dawn Daniel Charles Wilson believes the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were an inside job.

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court leak shakes trust in one more American pillar

Is there a new American motto: In nothing we trust? By lots of measures, most in the U.S. lack much confidence in large institutions and have for years. Congress? Two big thumbs down. The presidency? Ehh. Americans are also distrustful of big business, unions, public schools and organized religion. Indeed, they hold abysmal views of

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