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Number of Radical Right-Wing Hate, Patriot, and Militia Groups Exploded in 2010

The three strands of the radical right — the hatemongers, the nativists and the antigovernment zealots — grew by 22% last year and 40% the year before.

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What seems certain is that President Obama will continue to serve as a lightning rod for many on the political right, a man who represents both the federal government and the fact that the racial make-up of the United States is changing, something that upsets a significant number of white Americans. And that suggests that the polarized politics of this country could get worse before they get better.

Mark Potok is the editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center 's Intelligence Report .

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