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GOP strategist hilariously nails why Laura Ingraham stepped in it with Parkland teens: ‘She has the right to be stupid’

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The advertising boycott roiling Fox News over personality Laura Ingraham was a self-inflicted mistake, a MSNBC panel explained on Saturday.

“Laura Ingraham is taking a week-long hiatus from her Fox News show, which she says was a preplanned Easter vacation,” MSNBC anchor Alex Witt reported. “This as advertisers take a more permanent break from her program after Ingraham mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg.”

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Witt put a graphic on screen showing companies who had ceased advertising on the Ingraham Angle, including Office Depot, Expedia, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Hulu and Trip Advisor.

“This is not the first time that Ingraham has courted controversy,” Witt reminded. “She told LeBron James just to shut up and dribble.”

“So why even pick a fight with a school shooting victim?” Witt asked Republican strategist Evan Siegfried.

“Well, the First Amendment gives Laura Ingraham the right to be stupid and pick fights that she shouldn’t be picking,” Siegfried admitted. “I don’t think she should have made that tweet, I don’t think she should have been picking that fight with LeBron James.

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“This is a pattern that many right-wing hosts have undertaken,” former Hillary Clinton aide Adrienne Elrod suggested. “They’ll go out, say something to the extreme that generates excitement and enthusiasm among the right-wing base in their viewers and then they apologize and they basically get to go back on air and move forward as if nothing happened.”

“The thing that we’re finally seeing now is that advertisers are coming forward and saying, ‘You know what? We don’t care if this impacts our bottom line, we’re pulling our ads from this program because we absolutely cannot stand with the host who will say this sort of extreme things,'” she continued. “That’s where you’ll see the trajectory of this pattern change.”

“People like Laura Ingraham, propping up the Second Amendment and propping the NRA for decades are now realizing, ‘oh my gosh, these 17-year-old kids are far more effective messengers than we are!’ I think they’re having a difficult time coming to terms with it and that’s why you’re seeing them say this extreme things,” Elrod concluded.

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.

"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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