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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.

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“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.

“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.

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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.

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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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true

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President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.

MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.

"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.

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