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NY couple asks black neighbor to agree Confederate flag’s ‘not racist’ — and are gobsmacked when teen won’t

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An upstate New York couple was trying to explain to a reporter that their Confederate flag was not a racist symbol, so they interrupted a black teen to ask them to comment.

Ricky Barber, 28, and his fiancée displayed the flag outside their Plattsburgh home earlier this year, and their neighbor — an NPR reporter — asked them to explain why they displayed the Civil War flag so far north in Union country.

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“You’ll hear all these people that gathered down South that are blacks,” said Barber, who grew up in Georgia. “What about their Black Lives Matter flags? That’s pushing back on the white people. Us white people, we retaliate by, ‘Hey, we got a Confederate flag and whatnot.'”

Although his reasons were admittedly a form of racial retaliation, Barber and his 30-year-old fiancée, Becca Lee, insisted they were not racist.

“We are not a racist couple, and we own the flag,” Lee said. “I don’t judge people. I don’t care what color skin they are — if they need defending, I’m going to defend them. That’s what a Southern belle does.”

The reporter said his neighbors then tried to prove their point by asking a 13-year-old black neighbor playing nearby to validate their feelings.

“Are you opposed to the flag at all?” Barber asked the teen. “Do you have a problem with the flag, as a black person?”

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The teen’s answer genuinely seemed to surprise the couple, according to the reporter.

“Yeah, it is offensive to me,” the teen said. “This is the flag of people who want to bring slavery back.”

The astonished couple asked the teen to meet with them sometime so they could explain what the flag meant to them, but it’s not clear the teen will take them up on the offer.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

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