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‘It’s a huge embarrassment’: Trump visit rejected by Pittsburgh after synagogue massacre

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Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker told MSNBC Tuesday that the near total rejection of Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre is a “huge embarrassment” to the president, who he said was likely well-aware of the bipartisan snub.

“It’s a huge embarrassment for the president of the United States to be going to Pittsburgh this afternoon and not be greeted by the mayor, not be greeted by the governor, not be greeted by the key local officials who are attending to this tragedy in their own city,” Rucker said.

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Rucker noted that the rejection would sting, because of Trump’s obsession with being “greeted with respect.”

“He made such a big deal about President Obama going overseas when sometimes the red carpet wasn’t rolled out to him,” Rucker said. “He’s now going to Pittsburgh without any carpet at all.”

He added that the visit was an effort by the president to “go through the motions of being a consoler-in- chief” because empathy is not a natural emotion for Trump.

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Rob Schneider rushes to defend SNL cast member fired over racial slurs — and the Internet cringes

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The recently hired-and-fired "Saturday Night Live" comedian Shane Gillis got a show of support from former cast member Rob Schneider -- and other social media users cringed.

Gillis got fired by NBC after video surfaced of him using a racial slur against Asian people, but Schneider defended the comedian.

Dear @ShanemgillisAs a former SNL cast member I am sorry that you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness where comedic misfires are subject to the intolerable inquisition of those who never risked bombing on stage themselves.

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US Fed cuts key interest rate a quarter point, citing ‘uncertainties’

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The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year on Wednesday but the policy committee is divided, with three of the 10 voting members dissenting.

The central bank also moved to ease concerns about a cash crunch on financial markets by adjusting its key policy tool to help pump more funds through the financial plumbing.

The Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee lowered the policy interest rate by 25 basis points to a target range of 1.75 to 2.0 percent, as expected, and has now pulled back on half of the four interest rate increases in 2018.

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Black student attacked by two drunken white men screaming racial slurs at University of Arizona

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Two white students at the University of Arizona are accused of a racist assault against a black student.

The victim said two men -- later identified as Matthew Frazier and Matthew Rawlings -- called him the N-word before attacking him Sept. 10 outside a residence hall, reported the Arizona Republic.

The men punched him in the head and kicked him after he fell to the ground, and the black man said they used racial slur about 10 times during the attack.

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