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GOP Sen. Dan Coats dismisses claim of secret KKK membership as ‘baseless Internet garbage’

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Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) on Monday denied having any connection to the Ku Klux Klan after he was included in a list of politicians alleged to have ties to the notorious hate group.

“For those who are asking – I have never had any affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and deplore all forms of racial discrimination,” Coats wrote on Twitter. “This is baseless Internet garbage of the worst kind.”

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Anonymous hacktivists vowed to expose Klan members around the anniversary of the Ferguson protests, and began publishing some information on Monday.

A list of political figures was published on Pastebin by Twitter use Amped Attacks. But the document offers no evidence that anyone on the list is actually a KKK member.

“All I can really say without fully admitting to federal charges is that several databases were dumped from different KKK websites that all linked their emails to the politicians in question and the only way their emails would have been on there to begin with is if they showed support when signing up for [the site] or filled out an application,” Amped Attacks told International Business Times.

The document also names Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), and John Hardy Isakson (R-GA). A spokeswoman for Isakson told Raw Story that the allegations were absolutely false and that the senator has never been affiliated with the KKK. The two other senators have not yet responded to the allegations.

Four mayors named in the document have also denied the allegations.

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(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with Isakson’s denial.)


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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