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White supremacist groups could attack Tulsa race massacre anniversary events, Department of Homeland Security warns
  • Monday will mark 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre destroyed "Black Wall Street."
  • Several events will take place over the weekend, including a visit by President Joe Biden.
  • White supremacists could target the commemorative events in racially charged attacks, the DHS warned.
Monday will mark 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre destroyed "Black Wall Street," and the US Department of Homeland Security has warned that white supremacist groups might target events commemorating it.

"We assess those upcoming commemoration events associated with the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre in Oklahoma probably are attractive targets for some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists to commit violence," the department said, according to a memo obtained by NBC News. The memo did not mention any specific events, but Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said that his forces have plans in place to ensure a Monday visit by President Joe Biden goes smoothly.

"We are going to be hopefully overprepared. I want a bunch of policemen working, and my hope is none of them have to take any action, but we are prepared if need be," he said during a press conference.

Franklin also said that the public should remain vigilant throughout the weekend, and should report sightings of unattended packages and large vans in odd places. "If anyone sees anything suspicious, across our city, report that, " he added.

About 15,000 people are expected to attend commemorative events over the coming weekend, the Department of Homeland Security said.

There will be a candlelight vigil, a nationally-televised 'Remember & Rise' event featuring John Legend and Stacey Abrams, and a prayer wall dedication event, according to Oklahoma's News 4.

The Tulsa race massacre saw mobs of white residents attack Black residents and businesses in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Somewhere between 30 and 300 people died, mostly Black people, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia.

The massacre destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the wealthiest Black community in the US, CNBC said.

It has been referred to as the "single worst incident of racial violence in American history," according to the Oklahoma Historical Society.
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Trump appointees have been left furious after being asked to 'immediately' repay thousands of dollars in deferred payroll taxes, which they thought would be forgiven
  • Members of Trump's admin were asked to pay the payroll tax Trump deferred, Politico reported.
  • Trump deferred some payroll tax in August 2020, sidestepping Congress in an emergency declaration.
  • "I just wish I had the option to opt-out," a former administration staffer told Politico.
Some staffers from President Donald Trump's administration have reportedly seen their tax bills spike as they're being asked to pay payroll taxes deferred by the president.

Politico reported that members of Trump's administration have reportedly been receiving letters asking them to pay Social Security taxes that were deferred, with at least one bill reaching $1,500.

"If the indebtedness is not paid in full within 30 calendar days, we intend to forward this debt to the Department of Treasury, Treasury Offset Program, for further collection," said a copy of a letter sent May 18, 2021, by an accounting officer from the Office of Administration.

Trump set the policy on August 8, 2020, in a memo to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, directing Mnuchin to defer some payroll taxes to "put money directly in the pockets of American workers" who needed it most.

Trump sidestepped Congress to make the change because the pandemic was "of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration."

As many as 1.3 million federal workers may have had some of their payroll taxes deferred under the measure, as Insider reported in September. Under the plan, earners paid less than $4,000 every two weeks wouldn't have to pay the 6.2% tax out of their paychecks from September through the end of the year.

Now, the government's looking for those deferred taxes, according to Politico. The report quoted several former administration staffers who called the bills "unacceptable." One said: "It's just a very unfortunate situation."

The letter published by Politico included a "Voluntary Repayment Agreement" as an attachment, with an option to pay via credit or debit card.

One anonymous Trump appointee told the publication that the former president had a "good plan," but, "I just wish I had the option to opt-out."
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A Democrat challenging Marjorie Taylor Greene in the midterms was kicked out of her 'America First' event
  • Marcus Flowers, a Democrat, is challenging Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in the 2022 midterms.
  • He was kicked out of her "America First" rally on Thursday.
  • Flowers posted a video of an apparent security guard suggesting that he was a threat to the event.
A Democrat running against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia in the 2022 midterms was kicked out of the Georgia lawmaker's "America First" rally on Thursday, the Atlanta news outlet 11 Alive and The New Yorker's Charles Bethea reported.

Marcus Flowers, who plans to run for Georgia's 14th congressional district next year, tweeted a video showing him speaking to what appears to be a security guard at the event in Dalton, Georgia.

The video appeared to be a compilation of three separate clips taken in the same place.

One of the clips shows the man telling Flowers: "We recognize you as somebody that will cause problems here potentially."

Another clip shows the man saying: "My job is to assess a threat."

... Flowers told 11 Alive: "I know that her team saw me as a threat. Why? I don't know."

When asked if he was threatening to steal attention from Greene, Flowers said: "You know, that's possible, but that's not what I was there for. I was there to listen," according to 11 Alive.

Bethea of The New Yorker reported that Flowers spoke to Greene's supporters after being removed from the event.

In his caption accompanying the video, Flowers said: "Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will chase and harass her colleagues in the hall of Congress, but won't even be in the same room as a constituent," an apparent reference to reports that Greene chased Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York down a congressional hallway and screamed at her earlier this month.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene broke out a 'really bad Mexican accent' during a speech in Georgia to mock drug cartels and Democrats
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday broke out in an attempted Mexican accent during a speech.
  • She claimed that Democrats were "in the business of helping the cartels."
  • Greene, a Republican representative from Georgia, has a history of controversial remarks.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene put on an accent to mock Mexican drug cartels and Democrats during a speech in Georgia.

The Republican representative, already in hot water for a string of controversial remarks, broke out on Thursday an accent while attempting to connect the Democratic Party to drug cartels in Mexico.

The Democrats are "in business of helping the cartels," she said. "The cartels love the Democrats. They're down there, they're like this, 'We're making a lot of money off of Biden — Joe Biden.'"

"That's my really bad Mexican accent," she added.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell flew Kristi Noem to Republican Governors Association conference on private jet
  • Mike Lindell flew Gov. Kristi Noem to a RGA conference on his private jet, according to Politico.
  • Lindell was booted from the event for plans to confront two governors about the election, per Politico.
  • Noem is a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate.
Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota flew on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's private jet en route to a three-day Republican Governors Association (RGA) conference in Nashville, Tennessee, this week, according to a Politico report.

Lindell, a high-profile ally of former President Donald Trump, reportedly was booted from the event after planning to grill Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Brian Kemp of Georgia about the 2020 election results in their respective states, per Politico. President Joe Biden defeated Trump in both Arizona and Georgia, significant Sun Belt triumphs for the Democrats, but Lindell has continued to push the former president's false election-fraud claims.

An official told Politico that Lindell was unable to attend official RGA events since he was not a full member of the organization.

However, Lindell was allowed access to the RGA meeting as a "guest" of Noem and a "prospective member," according to Politico.

Earlier this week, Lindell told Politico that after arriving in Nashville on Monday and intending to stay for much of the week, he changed course and departed in his jet on Tuesday.

Lindell's itinerary shift forced Noem to find alternate accommodations for her return home, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke with Politico.

However, Noem spokesperson Ian Fury fully disputes this claim.

"Lindell was not a guest of Governor Noem's at the conference," he told Politico. "Neither did her travel plans change following the conference. Governor Noem follows the law and reimburses for flights when appropriate."

In a phone conversation with Politico, Lindell said that he "is not revealing anybody who goes on my plane."

"I have people on my plane all the time and I don't know who told you that," he said. "I'm not disclosing anything."

After hanging up, he sent a text message: "Anyone who ever is on my plane is highly confidential! I cannot comment on that or my plane's flights … This is for security reasons[.] I have had many threats since I went public with the Dominion and machine evidence."

... According to Politico, most states permit governors to fly on the private jets of friends or associates, but gifts have to be reported "under certain circumstances."

Under South Dakota law, public officials or their immediate families cannot accept gifts from lobbyists that exceed $100 during a full calendar year.

However, the state lacks any additional regulations on gifts from individuals who are not lobbyists.
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Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

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