President Biden wants to focus midterm arguments on the threat of political violence and risks to rights and freedoms. It's a strategy that worked for Democrats in a recent special election race.
In a new survey, both liberals and conservatives agreed violent protests are sometimes justifiable. Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to say violence is justified "right now."
Political scientists say growing acceptance of unfounded conspiracy theories is fueling disengagement and distrust in democratic institutions, an effect that is trickling down to local politics.
Seditious conspiracy is among the more serious federal charges that prosecutors are looking at for some U.S. Capitol rioters. Some legal experts caution against going down that road.