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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.

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

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


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‘A damn liar’: Bill Barr ripped for ‘playing clean up for Trump’ after release of IG report

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Attorney General William Barr massaged the findings of the Department of Justice investigation into the origins of the Russia probe -- and legal experts and other social media users were appalled.

The attorney general claimed this report, like special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, had cleared President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, and insisted the probe had found the FBI had conducted an improper investigation of his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Ex-GOP lawmaker: Trump is a ‘cult figure’ who has forced Republicans to abandon their principles

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Reflecting on the differences today between the GOP under Trump and Nixon, Cohen said that GOP officials in the 1970s felt far more free to challenge their own party's president than they do today.

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Ivanka Trump and dossier author Christopher Steele maintained a years-long correspondence

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Dossier author Christopher Steele met Ivanka Trump nearly a decade before her father's election campaign, and they corresponded for years.

The relationship was alluded to in the Department of Justice inspector general's report released Monday, showing that Steele was favorably disposed to Donald Trump and his family due to the relationship.

ABC News confirmed that Steele and the president's daughter had met at a dinner in 2007, and Ivanka Trump corresponded with the former British spy about a possible working relationship.

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