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‘Deplorable’: Journalist’s parents want conservatives to pull ad highlighting their son’s beheading

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The parents of a journalist beheaded by ISIS are calling for a conservative group to stop using his image, taken prior to being executed, in their ads supporting GOP candidates.

Diane and John Foley, parents of freelance journalist James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS in mid-August, have asked that ad be pulled from their home state of New Hampshire, where they brought up their son, according to NECN.

The ad, being run by Secure America Now — a conservative group with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former UN Ambassador John Bolton on its advisory board — shows Foley in an orange jumpsuit prior to his execution.  Continually seeing the ad has forced Foley’s parents to relive their son’s death, with John Foley calling the ad “deplorable.”

“He was just the best of America,” Diane Foley said of her son, with her husband adding, “I think it is deplorable, and there should be an apology.”

According to the Foleys, they were never contacted by Secure America Now prior to the ad running.

Allen Roth, president of Secure America Now, admits the group did not contact the Foley family before making the ad public.

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“The image has appeared around the world millions of times. We meant no harm; we just took an image that is in public domain, and we used it,” Roth said in an interview.

Secure America is running the ad, critical of Democrats, in New Hampshire in support of Republican nominee Scott Brown, who is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen has called the ad disgraceful, while Brown has called it disrespectful.

Roth maintains there is nothing wrong with the ad and won’t apologize. He says people are trying to create controversy where there is none.

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“I am saying there is an attempt to create a controversy here, and that attempt is purely political,” he explained.

Diane Foley disagreed, saying, “It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of our son’s death for their own political purposes.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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