An updated thread of elected officials responses to unsupported claims of mass voter fraud. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La.:
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is the only member I can find so far who has posted this theory about PA mail ballots:

Actually, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also has posted about the PA mail ballot analysis:

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6 Nov
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.:

"I stand with President
@realDonaldTrump
. We need transparency in our election system. What we're seeing is fraud, and it must be stopped."

@realDonaldTrump Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas:

"Radical Dems tried to do away with law and order and are now trying to do away with law and order at the ballot box."

@realDonaldTrump Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark.:

"Hoax after hoax. Fake impeachments, scandals, and controversies. And yet, this has been in the works for some time and it’s as real as it gets."

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13 Aug
More than $20 billion.

As of today, that’s how much money the federal government has spent on contracts in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to @ProPublica’s database.

Here’s a breakdown of where that money has gone (THREAD):
@propublica Five federal agencies have spent more than $1 billion each on coronavirus response, and you can browse the list of agencies and dive into details about where they spent their money:

projects.propublica.org/coronavirus-co…
@propublica We also track categories of spending, from medical devices to protective clothing and laboratory testing. The government has spent $19 million to put federal employees in hotels, for example, and you can browse spending in dozens of other categories:

projects.propublica.org/coronavirus-co…
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11 Jun
When the U.S. supply of N95 surgical respirators began to run out, Chinese firms rushed to fill the void with their KN95s.

@yjtorbati and I asked 11 government agencies where they got their KN95s — many of them couldn’t say. Here’s why:
@yjtorbati The FDA regulates medical devices like N95 masks.

It quickly authorized a number of Chinese firms to make them for U.S. use. But then, after testing, it removed dozens from the list. Some agencies, including Interior, had already bought respirators from those companies:
A firm that made masks bought by Interior, Guangdong ZhiZhen Biological Medicine Co. Ltd., lists an “FDA approved FFP2 KN95 Mask” on its site, despite its removal from the FDA’s list. The company’s U.S. agent didn't respond to a request for comment.

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15 Mar
If you are a student journalist wondering what you can do these days, considering tracking the statements and actions of _local_ officials in the area where you live/attend school.

Track them in a spreadsheet like a timeline.
Statements: tweets, FB posts, press releases, basically anything.

Actions: Closures, curfews, quarantines, supply mgmt, personnel acts, spending.
Want to do more? Track the actions of your fellow students and student organizations. Assemble as much data as you can on group behavior. It will yield stories and, more important, understanding.
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