A former Intercept reporter has been arrested for making threats against Jewish community centers.

Juan Thompson, 31, has been arrested by the FBI for phoning a series of bomb threats to at least eight Jewish community centers this year. Thompson does not appear to have been animated by Nazi sympathies but by rage at a former girlfriend: He allegedly made some of the calls in her name, and has been charged with cyberstalking. The complaint cites tweets from Thompson’s Twitter account.

Thompson was previously fired from The Intercept for fabulism. At the time, he complained that the termination was the result of a racist campaign against him and later claimed to be suffering from testicular cancer. According to his Twitter profile, he has since been working for a housing non-profit in St. Louis. (Update: The Intercept has confirmed that Thompson is in fact the person named in the suit.)

Thompson’s Twitter account is packed with obsessive tweets about his former girlfriend; his pinned tweet even claims she attempted to frame him for the calling in the threats. That now appears to be an elaborate attempt at misdirection. Thompson was allegedly the one making the calls.

June 26, 2019

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Welcome to TNR’s coverage of the Democratic debates.

Yes, the debates are upon us, a mere 16 months before voters will cast their ballots to decide whether President Trump should get a second term. In that time, babies will be conceived and born, the earth will orbit the sun and then some, and Democrats will, with any luck, choose a champion from the two dozen candidates running for the nomination. It all begins tonight, with the first of two debates in Miami this week featuring the 20 candidates—ten each round—who qualified to participate by either polling at 1 percent in three surveys or receiving 65,000 individual donations.

The staff of The New Republic will be watching the proceedings, offering running commentary and post-debate analysis, and hopefully answering any questions readers might have. Who’s up, who’s down? Who, if anyone, seems qualified to stall America’s spiraling descent into a fiery wasteland overseen by Trumpian kleptocrats? And who is Eric Swalwell, anyway? Pop by TNR’s Minutes blog at 9 o’clock EST tonight and tomorrow night to find out!