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Common begins Oscar nominated song with a powerful message: ‘Tell the NRA they’re in God’s way’

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Common and Andra Day

Singer, songwriter Common joined Andra Day singing “Stand up for Something” with a powerful message to feminists, DREAMers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA.

“On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell,” Common began. “A land where DREAMers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in God’s way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase.”

Activists Khary Penebaker explained that the word “Ase” is a “West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change.”

Common continued touting, “sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico.” It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump’s comments about “sh*thole countries” including Africa and Haiti and the way Puerto Rico has been treated in wake of the hurricanes.

At the end the two asked the audience to stand up for what they believe in, and the Oscar crowd rose to their feet to applaude the message.

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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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