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Bill O’Reilly defends Trump coverage: Jorge Ramos ‘has no bleeping clue what we do here’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly insisted on Thursday that Jorge Ramos was wrong to say that he lets Donald Trump “get away with everything” during their on-air confrontation this week, Media Matters reported.

“I like Jorge Ramos. He’s no phony,” O’Reilly said. “But he is absolutely blind on the Trump issue. And he has no bleeping clue about what we do here, obviously. Maybe Jorge objects because I will not brand Donald Trump a racist.”

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The Factor host got into it with the Univision anchor on Wednesday when O’Reilly accused Ramos of being unable to cover the Republican presidential candidate fairly.

For his part, O’Reilly said, he has questioned Trump’s vow to get Mexico to pay for the construction of a wall along its border with the US, and defended both former candidate Carly Fiorina and colleague Megyn Kelly. However, O’Reilly still defended the candidate’s policies while downplaying his remarks about the bulk of Mexican immigrants being “rapists and criminals,” among other statements.

“I’m not in the nitpicking business,” O’Reilly said. “Trump and every other politician misspeak at times. The gotcha game is cheap and boring. For example, if you really believe Donald Trump is courting the KKK, you need to get some fresh air.”

Unlike most politicians, he argued, Trump is willing to take O’Reilly’s questions and is accessible to voters.

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“Donald Trump is the most important political story in decades. We will cover him fairly on the Factor, allowing you to decide whether or not he has the right stuff to be president,” O’Reilly said. “For that, we will be demonized and attacked by those who despise Trump. To quote President Bush the elder, I don’t care.”

Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Fox News contributor: Criminal justice reform not needed because ‘it’s the least racist system in the country’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy insisted on Monday that the U.S. criminal justice system is the "least racist system we have in the country."

McCarthy made the remarks during a Fox News segment about justice reform proposals from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to curb incarceration rates and root out institutional racism.

"It's a funny thing, I worked in the justice system for a long time," McCarthy said. "I think it's the least racist system that we have in the country, if that's possible."

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Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election

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An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.

"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."

Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.

"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.

Watch the video below from CNBC.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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