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Trump's 'plane loaded with thugs' conspiracy theory matches months-old rumor

Trump's plane loaded with thugs matches old rumor

The conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump pushed Monday that a plane “almost completely loaded with thugs” had been set to disrupt the Republican National Convention was almost identical to a rumor that went viral on Facebook three months ago.

In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump claimed that “we had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.”

He then claimed the matter was “under investigation right now.”

There is no evidence of any such flight. When Ingraham asked for more information about the flight, the president said, "I'll tell you sometime." He then alleged the people had been headed to Washington to disrupt the RNC.

TVNL Comment: Hermann Goering understood that a lie, when repeated often enough, takes on a life of its own.  Donald Trump has mastered the art of the lie.  He never has to document his lies, he simply doubles down on them. Still, many people believe them  Wake up, America.

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Justice Department investigating BLM protest leaders, funding in Portland and other cities

Portland policeThe Justice Department has launched a criminal inquiry into the leadership and financing of protests against police abuse that have roiled American cities as the Black Lives Matter movement has become a political flash-point in the contentious presidential campaign.

Federal authorities asserted Tuesday that they are not targeting free speech rights, but rather "coordinated, criminal activity ... and violence related to riots, destruction of federal property and violence against law enforcement officers."

The acknowledgement by the Justice Department followed remarks by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf who late Monday first disclosed the Justice inquiry as "targeting" leaders of organizations and those who may be funding their movement "across the country."

TVNL Comment: If you're too young to have lived through the McCarthy era in the US, please Google it.  We are once again in Fascist America.

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What Trump's Payroll Tax Deferral Means for Your Paycheck

Social Security taxes deferredThe next time payday rolls around, Americans could see an increase in their paycheck in accordance with President Donald Trump's executive memorandum deferring some payroll taxes.

Beginning on September 1, employers can hit the pause button on withholding Social Security tax from eligible employees' wages. To qualify for the deferral, which is set to be in place until December 31, an employee must make $4,000 or less in a biweekly pay period.

Social Security contributions are equally split between employees and employers with each party paying 6.2 percent. Trump's memorandum deferring the payments could boost a person's paycheck by 6.2 percent, but it's money they may be responsible for paying back one day.

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U.S. court denies ex-Trump adviser Flynn's bid to halt criminal case

Micael FlynnA U.S. appeals court on Monday denied a bid by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, to immediately end the criminal case against him for lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian official before Trump took office in 2017.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, rehearing an earlier decision by three of its judges, declined to issue an emergency order directing the judge hearing the case to grant the Department of Justice’s request for dismissal.

The ruling allows U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to hear arguments on whether he must grant the Justice Department’s request to drop the case.

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Tenants Say They Weren’t Told Interviews Were For RNC Video, Are Anti-Trump

Tenants at GOP convention did not know they would be televisedThree New York City tenants who were featured in a video at the Republican National Convention this week said they had no idea their interviews would be used for that purpose — and none of them support President Donald Trump.

Lynne Patton — the Trump-appointed head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development region that includes New York — interviewed residents on video about conditions in their buildings. Three of those residents said they didn’t know their interviews were for the RNC, reported The New York Times.

“I am not a Trump supporter,” Claudia Perez, one of the tenants in the video, told the Times. The clip, which aired Thursday, criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Trump’s longtime target.

“I am not a supporter of his racist policies on immigration,” she added. “I am a first-generation Honduran. It was my people he was sending back.”

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DHS Chief Says He Was Unaware Naturalization Ceremony Would Be Aired At RNC

Chad Wolf unaware citizenship ceremony would be televised

In a pretaped scene aired Aug. 25 as part of the convention’s prime-time programming, President Donald Trump participated in a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens while Wolf administered the Oath of Allegiance. The video raised concerns that Trump and Wolf used the ceremony on government property to further the president’s reelection chances.

In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the DHS head argued that he believed Trump just genuinely happened to be leading a naturalization ceremony alongside him with cameras filming it at the White House during the week of the convention ― where Republicans officially renominated Trump for president.

“Again, naturalization ceremonies are what the department does. We do hundreds, if not thousands, of them every year,” Wolf told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “I participated in several of them not only with the president, but with the vice president.

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Michael Moore warns that Donald Trump is on course to repeat 2016 win

Michael Moore warns of another Trump win

The documentary film-maker Michael Moore has warned that Donald Trump appears to have such momentum in some battleground states that liberals risk a repeat of 2016 when many wrote off Trump only to see him grab the White House.

“Sorry to have to provide the reality check again,” he said.

Moore, one of few political observers to predict Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that “enthusiasm for Trump is off the charts” in key areas compared with the Democratic party nominee, Joe Biden.

“Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC [Democratic National Committee] to pull this off?” Moore posted on Facebook late on Friday.

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