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New York parking squabble lands Alec Baldwin in anger-management class

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Actor Alec Baldwin on Wednesday agreed to take anger-management training, as he pleaded guilty in a Manhattan court to a harassment charge for a November confrontation in which he was accused of punching someone over a parking spot.

The 60-year-old actor, currently known for his impersonation of U.S. President Donald Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment before a judge ordered him to pay a $120 fine and to return to court in March to show that he had completed the anger-management class.

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When the judge asked Baldwin if he was pleading guilty and understood the conditions he replied, “yes sir.”

Dressed in a dark business suit, burgundy-colored scarf and eyeglasses, Baldwin did not speak to reporters before or after the hearing.

Police said Baldwin was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. He was released the same day and was met by a swarm of camera crews.

Officials did not name the other driver involved in the incident, but local media identified him as Wojciech Cieszkowski, a construction business owner. He told the New York Post one day after the altercation that he felt “sore,” but was recovering after allegedly getting punched.

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At the time, Baldwin denied striking anyone.

“Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story,” a post on his foundation’s Twitter account said after the incident. “However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much.”

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Baldwin won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his scathing impressions of Trump. He is also known for portraying network executive Jack Donaghy in NBC’s “30 Rock” sitcom.

Baldwin has a history of losing his temper. In 2014, he was given a summons for disorderly conduct after an argument with police when he was stopped for riding his bike down a one-way street in New York. It was not clear what followed the summons notice.

In 2011, he was thrown off an American Airlines flight after refusing to stop playing a game on his phone before takeoff.

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A year later, Baldwin denied punching a photographer who was trying to take photos of him with his then-fiancee and now wife, yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus, additional reporting by Peter Szekely; Editing by Scott Malone, Jonathan Oatis and Bill Berkrot

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Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos

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Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.

CNN's Sara Sidner interviewed Enrique Tarrio, who succeeded Gavin McInnes as the chairman of the Proud Boys. The group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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