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Another terrifying movement has risen in response to right-wing demagoguery; a University of Michigan professor is suing the U.S. government over "the law that killed Aaron Swartz"; meanwhile, five lawyers are responsible for 440 death sentences. These discoveries and more after the jump.Trump is going to lose this election, then live on as the reason for an emboldened, even less-responsive oligarchy.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made his formal request to the Security Council on Friday for full membership in the United Nations, a request that, if granted, could lead to the official declaration of a Palestinian state.

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Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s political rap sheet is already quite appalling, from alleged under-age sexcapades to anti-Semitic jokes. But new allegations by state prosecutors have added another blotch on the billionaire’s bill: He's accused of buying votes to stay in power.

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After recounting 2.4 million ballots cast in the state's U.S. Senate election, Minnesota officials are ready to name Al Franken the winner by a mere 225 votes. Franken's rival, Sen. Norm Coleman, will likely fight the decision in the state Supreme Court. His campaign manager, meanwhile, is calling for a do-over. Updates after the jump.

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BradBlog has the latest from the endless recount battle in Minnesota, where Al Franken currently is trailing by only two votes. Results are day-to-day, but the Star-Tribune is predicting Franken will win out by fewer than 100 votes.

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