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Armed right-wing militias ripped for bringing guns to ‘help’ Harvey survivors in Houston

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Hundreds of people on the ground in Texas have rushed to Houston and surrounding areas to help with rescues of tens of thousands of people since Sunday. The rains have slowed, the water is no longer rising and calls for help have overwhelmingly decreased.

So, the Oath Keepers are heading to Texas and asking their members to bring boats and specifically they’re asking for Oath Keepers who have first aid experience.

“They need our help,” their website says as part of a call for help.

Other towns that were hit with rains as the storm moved east are still in need of help, but it is unclear if the militia will be going to other towns.

By the time they arrive in Houston, they’re likely to encounter the problem that the vast majority of the rescues have already been done. They’ll also encounter the Proud Boys, another far right wing group of armed civilians. The group has been on the ground “patrolling” the city to ensure there is no looting.

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“Proud Boys wading through Texas flood with AR15s and shotguns as ‘anti looting patrol,’ They don’t actually look equipped to help anybody,” Antifa tweeted out on Thursday.

It’s unclear whether either group will be willing to stay in Houston and work to help neighborhoods clean up or if they’re bringing clothing, food or supplies to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. One of the things most needed by survivors who have lost everything is food and clean water. After that, another need will be clothing and then those who will be willing to help them when bills for their homes must still be paid. They’ll need help if they didn’t have flood insurance, which three-fourths of people didn’t have. Survivors will need experts to help them file for FEMA assistance and other things.

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The Oath Keepers are listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of extremist antigovernment groups.

Here are some ways that individuals can help donate those hit by the storm.

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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Hope Hicks may have lied under oath that she wasn’t present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels

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Newly unsealed documents in the campaign finance case where Michael Cohen pleaded guilty may provide evidence that Hope Hicks lied to Congress under oath.

According to the court documents, President Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and Cohen were all in communication about the hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Not only did Hicks discuss the payments with both men, she exchanged text messages and emails on the topic.

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White House aides fear Trump believes House vote against impeachment means it’s never going to happen: report

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A proposal to start impeachment hearings that failed in the House on Wednesday led Donald Trump to optimistically proclaim that his presidency is safe at his North Carolina rally last night. But his proclamation has some White House officials worried the president really believes he is out of the woods.

According to a report at Politico, close aides to the president worry that his comment that "we have all this [impeachment] behind us," may be based on an unfounded notion by Trump about how Congress works.

Speaking at his campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump boasted to the crowd, "I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in: the resolution -- how stupid is that -- on impeachment. I want to thank those Democrats because many of them voted for us, the vote was a totally lopsided 332-95-1.”

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