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Major pizza maker drops Wisconsin milk farm after cruelty to cows is exposed on video

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Video showing cows at a Wisconsin dairy farm being stabbed, kicked and whipped prompted the pizza maker DiGiorno to stop using the farm, as the advocacy group that secretly filmed the footage pushed for harsher sanctions against the facility.

WTMJ-TV reported on Friday that four employees of Wiese Brothers Farm have been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the beatings shown in the October 2013 video. Another two employees have been fired and one more was reassigned to a position keeping them away from animals.

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But Matt Rice, whose activist group, Mercy With Animals, filmed the beatings, pointed out to WTMJ that Wiese Brothers itself was not fined or charged.

“So far, we’ve not gotten any indication that they’ve taken steps to implement policies that would prevent this type of abuse from happening at its other facilities,” Rice told WTMJ.

ABC News reported that the Wiese Brothers facility supplied milk to DiGiorno through the use of a farming collective, Foremost Farms, for use in its frozen pizza products.

But after the footage was revealed, Nestle, DiGiorno’s parent company, informed Foremost that it would not use the Wisconsin farm’s milk anymore.

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“Nestle is outraged and deeply saddened by the mistreatment of animals shown in this video,” the company said in a statement. “We expect all of our suppliers and their suppliers to meet our stringent guidelines Nestle is committed to proper animal handling We will not knowingly work with companies that violate our Responsible Sourcing Guidelines .

Watch a report on the cruelty at Wiese Brothers Farm, as aired Friday on WTMJ, below.

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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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