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What's new at Daily Kos? Here's what we were up to in September

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In years past, we’ve usually expected news and engagement to pick up after Labor Day when Congress is back in session. But this year, news picked up even earlier due to the Supreme Court ruling over abortion, which allowed Texas’ outrageous SB 8 law to stand—and then let’s not forget the ongoing pandemic. After a drop in engagement in the spring and early summer, September marked the third month of increased engagement on the site.

The rise of the delta variant has brought on a wave of stories related to anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and mandates; this month, 48% of our top 50 stories were about COVID-19. A good chunk of these stories have been reporting on anti-vaxxer individuals getting infected with (and dying from) the virus, all in the name of “freedom.” In fact, Kos built an entire series called the “Anti-Vaxx Chronicles” documenting many of these cases. The overwhelming majority of stories that topped our engagement list this month were about right-wing extremists in one form or another—whether we’re talking about the anti-vaxxers, insurrectionists, Proud Boys, or legislators who have gone off the rails. The three most engaging stories of the month fall right in line with this, with Aysha Qamar’s Anti-vaxx couple dies of virus days after claiming they survived pandemic despite being unvaccinated topping the list, followed by Dave Neiwert’s Proud Boys’ violence spirals in Olympia as street hunt for ‘antifa’ culminates with Toese shooting, and Insurrectionist Pauline........

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