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Protesters march in Charlotte ahead of Democratic Convention

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Around 800 protesters marched through downtown Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

Like the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have occurred around the country, the demonstration in Charlotte attracted a wide variety of causes. Protesters decried the deregulated financial system, corporate corruption, overseas wars and use of targeted drone strikes, union busting, and the crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

The demonstration was organized by the Coalition to March on Wall Street South.

“Despite the fact that the bailouts were four years ago, and there’s been officially declared an end to the recession, the everyday reality for people is a much different story,” Ben Carroll, an organizer of the coalition, told the Charlotte Observer. “People still see and feel in their everyday lives that the banks are responsible for so many injustices in their communities.”

Protesters have worried about a new ordinance in Charlotte, which explicitly bans “handbags, backpacks, soda cans, drink coolers, scarves, bike helmets, baby strollers, and non-service animals” within 100-feet of the DNC.

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Two people were arrested during the demonstration on Sunday, but not as a result of the new ordinance. One protester was wearing a mask and was allegedly found to be carrying a knife and one bystander was accused of disorderly conduct.

The DNC begins on Tuesday in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chokes up responding to Trump: ‘Time to move on from his conception of America’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump after he told her to "go back" to her country of origin -- even though she was born in the U.S.

"It's unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color," Ocasio-Cortez explained to NBC News. "It's unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not."

"What I would tell him is that it's time to move on from him," she continued as she seemed to choke up. "And it's time to move on from his conception of an America that we tried to move past for a long time."

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Schumer: If Trump can’t handle a little criticism from Fox News then ‘he doesn’t deserve to be president’

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday suggested that Donald Trump "doesn't deserve to be president" if he can't handle criticism from Fox News.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer noted that Trump recently lashed out at Fox News soon after the conservative network aired World Cup viewers chanting "f*ck Trump."

"I just felt it was important to point President Trump amazingly attacked Fox News in the last few days in a series of Tweets for coverage he viewed as unfavorable to his administration," Schumer said. "This is Fox News, a news outlet that frankly is 90% or more on the president’s side. Their most popular shows seem to just be cheerleaders for President Trump."

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Marine Corps band forced to perform in pouring rain before sparse crowd prior to Trump’s July 4th party

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In a video posted to Twitter several hours before Donald Trump is scheduled to launch his "Salute to America" Fourth of July party, the Marine Corps band was compelled to perform in the pouring rain before a sparse crowd of early attendees and media awaiting the main event.

According to Jim Spellman of CTGN, the sky opened with a deluge of rain that had people running for cover -- only for the military musicians to be paraded out for either a rehearsal or a time-consuming filler until the big show begins.

Earlier in the day, the National Park Service warned that the event could be rained out, with thundershowers moving swiftly into the area.

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