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Fox host to Reid: ‘Be careful’ when you ‘demonize’ Tea Parties

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One Fox News host seems to think poking fun at Sarah Palin is the equivalent of mocking the entire Tea Party movement.

In a newly unearthed video, Reid is shown at a campaign event mocking Palin, who recently traveled to his home state of Nevada to fire up thousands of anti-Democratic Tea Partiers salivating at the thought of ending the Democratic leader’s tenure this November.

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“I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were here a week ago Saturday but I couldn’t write it all on my hand,” he said, as the crowd laughed and applauded. “You betcha.”

The quip was a clear reference to Palin’s appearance at the movement’s first major convention in February, where she was caught reading crib-notes from her palm during the Q&A session.

On Tuesday morning, Fox News host Steve Doocey suggested Reid was belittling the whole Tea Party movement with that remark.

“Democrats have got to be careful about how they demonize and try to marginalize the Tea Partiers,” he warned, referencing a new Gallup poll that found ideological and partisan splits within the movement. “A majority of Tea Party supporters are not Republicans,” Doocey said.

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The survey, released yesterday, concluded that only 49 percent of Tea Partiers identify themselves as Republicans, while 43 percent are independents and 8 percent Democrats.

Palin may be a trusted voice of the Tea Party crowd, but Doocey’s equivalence rings false for a self-proclaimed bottom-up movement with no defining leader.

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Glenn Beck, appearing on the same broadcast, claimed the Democratic strategy was to “play right to their extreme base” and called them the “radical progressive party.”

Defending his seat in a perilous climate for Democrats, the chief Democrat in the senate has stepped up his attacks on Republicans in public appearances and press statements.

Reid’s re-election seems anything but a sure bet as one poll last month found him trailing three potential Republican opponents.

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This video is from Fox News’ GretaWire, broadcast April 5, 2010.

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This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 6, 2010.

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John Oliver cites Donald Trump’s final offer for Greenland: ‘$200 and I’ll throw in Don Jr.’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's favorite highlight of the week was, of course, President Donald Trump's decision that he wanted to buy Greenland.

In his opener Sunday, the HBO host said that he wasn't all that surprised given Trump's track record.

"Of course, he f*cking did. Of course, he did. Greenland is icy, distant and autonomous is exactly Trump's type," Oliver said, showing a photo of Trump with the first lady.

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Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge

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Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.

“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”

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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."

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