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Trump campaign keeps lying about having proof of Muslims celebrating 9/11: ‘We know it’s true’

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Donald Trump has dug himself a hole of lies about seeing Muslims celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey — and his campaign manager has grabbed a shovel and is helping to dig in deeper.

The Republican presidential frontrunner claimed Saturday in speech that he saw in New Jersey “thousands and thousands” of people cheering the collapse of the World Trade Center — although police and news organizations have found no evidence that actually happened.

His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, suggested Tuesday that “special interests” who control the media had conspired to bury evidence to support Trump’s claims.

Lewandowski also claimed Tuesday during a radio appearance that police officers backed Trump’s claims and cited a newspaper account by reporters who have said they found no evidence that any groups of people celebrated the attacks in the New Jersey area, reported Right Wing Watch.

“We know it’s true,” Lewandowski said during an appearance on John Fredericks’ WHKT-AM program in Virginia.

“There were unequivocally people — not just in the Boston area, but around the country — who were happy, if you can believe this, with the devastation that was caused on 9/11. Radical Islamic terrorist who were happy, people who were absolutely and unequivocally proud of the fact that a major terrorist attack was perpetrated on U.S. soil.”

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He claimed that the Washington Post had reported “tailgate-style parties” in Jersey City, and he blasted the newspaper for claiming 15 years later that those reports were not accurate.

Lewandowski complained that the Post had never issued a retraction, and he then he claimed law enforcement sources told the newspaper they had seen those celebrations.

In reality, one of the reporters said none of his sources recalled hundreds or thousands of people at such celebrations, and he was eventually unable to verify claims of any celebrations that he reported.

Trump claimed he saw TV coverage of those celebrations, but no media organizations — or anyone else, for that matter — have located such footage.

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Law enforcement detained and questioned several people accused of celebrating the attacks but found the reports to be bogus.

John J. Farmer Jr., who in 2001 was the New Jersey attorney general and the state’s chief law enforcement officer, said this week that investigators found no evidence those celebrations took place.

But Trump and his campaign officials continue to insist it’s true, although the candidate concedes he cannot recall exactly where he saw the video despite having “the world’s greatest memory.”

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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