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Laura Ingraham takes week off from Fox News show after David Hogg-led ad boycott

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is taking a week off from her Fox News show, "The Ingraham Angle," amid an advertiser boycott led by David Hogg, a survivor of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

>> Advertisers abandon Laura Ingraham’s Fox show after she mocks Parkland survivor

"A blessed Good Friday and Passover to all of you," she said Friday on her show. "I'll be off next week for Easter break with my kids, but fear not: We've got a great lineup of guest hosts to fill in for me."

>> See the clip here

According to the New York Times, Fox News said Ingraham's time off is for a "preplanned" family vacation.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The news came after at least 11 advertisers announced they would no longer advertise on Ingraham's show following backlash over a tweet she posted mocking Hogg's college rejections.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it," she wrote, adding that he was "dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg responded by asking Ingraham who her biggest advertisers are and organized a boycott. Wayfair, Nestle, Hulu, TripAdvisor and other companies soon pulled their ads from the show.

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Ingraham issued an apology Thursday, saying she was sorry "for any upset or hurt my tweet caused [Hogg] or any of the brave victims of Parkland."

Hogg replied that he would accept Ingraham's apology "only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight," adding, "It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children."

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After learning of Ingraham's weeklong break, Hogg tweeted: "Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week."

Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Musician Ted Nugent is facing backlash after he reportedly said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to The Associated Press, Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, called the teens who have attacked the NRA "mushy brained children" Friday on "The Joe Pags Show."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies," Nugent said. "I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable: They have no soul."

>> Who are the Top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Responding to a video that showed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez criticizing politicians for taking "blood money" donations from the NRA, Nugent added:

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"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member has ever been involved in any mass shootings at all; in fact, the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children's organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor, pathetic individual is a liar."

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Stoneman Douglas students and their supporters flocked to Twitter to slam Nugent's comments:

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Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Cynthia Nixon for governor

Sarah Jessica Parker has officially endorsed her former “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia  Nixon as she runs for governor of New York.

The endorsement came more than a week after Nixon announced her run March 19.

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CNN reported that Parker posted her endorsement on her Instagram page Thursday.

“A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend,” Parker captioned the post. “Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Parker also included a link to Nixon’s campaign website, where she said people can donate.

Nixon thanked Parker for her support on Twitter.

“Thank you @SJP, it means so much,” she tweeted, along with a heart emoji and screen shot of Parker’s post.

CNN reported that Parker’s support came a day after her spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, told Page Six that Parker was looking forward to speaking with Nixon.

“Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York state gubernatorial bid,” Parker said.

At the time, she did not say Parker endorsed her.

Related: Actress Cynthia Nixon announces run for governor of New York

Former “Sex and the City” costars Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall had offered support the week Nixon announced her bid.

“I am so proud of Cynthia Nixon,” Davis tweeted March 19. “No one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change (sic) and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor.”

“I'm excited to support someone I have know for 20 years to be one of the most intelligent and caring people in my life,” Davis later tweeted.

When a fan asked Cattrall about Nixon’s decision, the actress said, “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.”

In a video announcing her candidacy, Nixon said she is a “proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent.

“I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today,” she said. “Our leaders are letting us down...

“We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can't just be business as usual anymore,” Nixon said.

Nixon is running against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September’s Democratic primary.

Caroline Sunshine, ex-Disney Channel star, joins Trump White House as press assistant

A former Disney Channel actress is shaking things up with the latest addition to her résumé.

>> Trump replacing VA Sec. David Shulkin with his personal physician Ronny L. Jackson

According to CNN, 22-year-old Caroline Sunshine, who starred in the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up" from 2010 to 2013, was recently hired as a White House press assistant. 

>> Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

A White House spokeswoman issued the following statement Wednesday to CNN:

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"Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern. In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school's Model United Nations team. Prior to her internship at the White House, Caroline interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party."

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NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Donations to the National Rifle Association reportedly tripled in February, increasing dramatically after the deadly Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to CNN, the NRA Political Victory Fund, a political action committee, received $779,063 in donations last month, compared with $247,985 in January, Federal Election Commission filings show.

>> Fake photo of Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez tearing Constitution stirs controversy

Additionally, the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that monitors political contributions, reported that the NRA's PAC collected $70,870 from individuals who donated $200 or more from Feb. 15 to 28, up from $27,100 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13.

Read more here and here.

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Gay conversion therapy banned in Washington state

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday to ban the practice known as conversion therapy in Washington state. 

>> Watch the news report here

Danny Cords stepped into the state Capitol on Wednesday, a survivor of conversion therapy he wants to ban.

“Yes, absolutely,” it was akin to torture, he said. “Snapping a rubber band on my wrist, putting a rock in my shoe so I could always be thinking of Christ and not everything else that was going on in my brain because of biology.”

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Cords was there as the governor signed a new law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on anyone under the age of 18.

“We know the scars caused by conversion therapy need to end today in the state of Washington,” Inslee said.

>> Palm Beach is first county in Florida to ban conversion therapy

The new law prohibits any regime to change the sexual orientation or gender identity, to change behavior or gender expressions, or to eliminate same-sex attraction. However, the law doesn't cover non-licensed or religious counselors.

When Seattle passed a similar law, critics objected.

“If they could basically attack the parents, they would. So, they are coming in the back door, trying to make it look like the issue is about therapists. It's not,” said Kevin Amos.

>> Texas judge nominee equated transgender children, Satan

Asked why this should not be a decision for parents, the governor responded, “Because we don’t let parents or doctors make decisions to let broken legs be treated in something that ends up losing both your limbs. It's unprofessional, it's damaging, it is not scientifically credible and it violates not only our values, but the mental health of kids with decades of depression ahead of them if they are told to hate themselves.”

Cords tried suicide.

“I tried to end it, I didn't have a point to living, because that's what I had been told since I was 14.”

Those gathered for Wednesday's celebration say more needs to be done.

“It's a shame that we've gone this far in 2018 and haven’t outlawed this therapy nationally,” Cords said.

Mukilteo Sen. Marko Liias led the fight for years to ban conversion therapy. He succeeded this year because Democrats recaptured the majority in the state Senate.

Ex-clown runs for Congress in South Carolina

Steve Lough wasn't clowning around when he launched a bid for Congress in South Carolina.

>> Watch a video of Lough here

According to The Associated Press, the Democrat and former circus clown is vying to represent the state's 5th Congressional District. Republican Rep. Ralph Norman currently holds the seat.

The Dartmouth and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College alum supports universal health care and believes "assault weapons have no place in civilian hands," according to his campaign websiteClownForCongress.com.

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Lough, originally from Camden, will face off against four other candidates in the Democratic primary June 12.

Read more here.

Planned Parenthood branch deletes tweet calling for Disney princess who has had an abortion

A Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood branch stirred controversy on social media Tuesday after tweeting that Disney should have a "princess who's had an abortion."

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According to USA Today, Planned Parenthood Keystone in Lehigh County posted the following now-deleted tweet to its official account

"We need a disney [sic] princess who's had an abortion," the tweet read. "We need a disney [sic] princess who's pro-choice. We need a disney [sic] princess who's an undocumented immigrant. We need a disney [sic] princess who's actually a union worker. We need a disney [sic] princess who's trans.”

>> See a screenshot of the tweet here

The tweet immediately drew criticism from anti-abortion activists.

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Melissa Reed issued the following statement in response to the backlash, according to USA Today:

“Today, we joined an ongoing Twitter conversation about the kinds of princesses people want to see in an attempt to make a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma and championing stories that too often don’t get told," Reed said. "Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.”

Read more here.

Alleged half-brother of Rev. Al Sharpton charged with murder in Alabama

An Alabama pastor and community activist believed to be the half-brother of the Rev. Al Sharpton has been charged with capital murder, accused of being the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal shooting Sunday night.

Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, 52, of Dothan, was arrested alongside the accused triggerman, Jamie Emmanuel Townes, 26, according to Dothan police officials

Inside the crashed car was Breunia Jennings, 23, of Dothan. Jennings was dead of a gunshot wound to the head. 

“Several people at the scene were detained and taken to the Dothan Police Department for interviews,” a department news release said

It was following those interviews that Glasgow and Townes were arrested. Each is being held at the Houston County Jail with no bond. 

The Dothan Eagle reported that Glasgow repeatedly questioned the murder charge against him Tuesday during his first court appearance.

“I don’t know why I am facing capital murder charges,” Glasgow said in court. “I’m not responsible for what someone else does. He just asked me for a ride to take him to look for his car.”

Glasgow was charged with capital murder under an Alabama statute that holds a person believed to have aided or abetted a criminal act equally liable for that underlying act. 

The Eagle reported that Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said during a Monday news conference that the shooting apparently stemmed from the theft of Townes’ car. Townes believed Jennings was the culprit.

“Instead of him notifying law enforcement, he took matters in his own hands and jumped in Mr. Glasgow’s vehicle to find Breunia Jennings,” Parrish said, according to the Eagle. 

When they found Jennings, Townes opened fire, the police chief said.

“Several rounds were fired at the vehicle she was driving, but one struck her in the head that caused critical injuries,” Parrish said. “She passed from her injuries. I want the family of Breunia Jennings to know our thoughts and prayers go out to them during this time.”

Glasgow, who was convicted on drug charges in the 1980s and spent several years in prison, became a well-known community activist in the Wiregrass area of Alabama upon his release, the Eagle reported. He founded The Ordinary People Society, or TOPS, which serves as a community and homeless ministry in Dothan. 

He also helped start Mama Tina’s Mission House along with his mother, Tina Glasgow. Tina Glasgow is listed as executive director and CFO of TOPS. 

Kenneth Glasgow, whose middle name is listed in jail records as Cherden, typically refers to himself as Kenny Sharpton Glasgow and claims that the Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist and founder of the National Action Network, is his half-brother. The cover photo on his Facebook page is a photo of him and Sharpton together.

One of his friends commented that he and Sharpton look like brothers.

“LOL, we are,” Glasgow responded. 

“No, for real blood brothers,” the woman said.

“Yes. You didn’t know that?” Glasgow replied. 

Glasgow further explained his complicated ancestry in a June 2016 interview with Mobile’s WKRG.

“My name has always been Sharpton,” Glasgow told the news station. “We just used Glasgow when I was locked up for two (reasons). One, we didn’t want to taint the Sharpton name with my demise.

“And two, it was to protect me because we didn’t want someone who was a racist or bigot to kill me knowing I was Sharpton’s brother.” 

Reporters with WKRG did some digging of their own on the matter and found an obituary for Al Sharpton’s mother, Ada, who died in March 2013 in Dothan. The obituary, which can be found online at the New York Amsterdam News, stated that she married a man named John Glasgow in 1938 and they had two children, Thomas Jefferson “Sonny” Glasgow and Ernestine “Tina” Glasgow. 

Ada and John Glasgow moved to New York, while Sonny and Tina remained with their maternal grandparents in Alabama, the obituary said. The couple eventually divorced, and in 1951, she married Alfred Sharpton, with whom she had two children, Charidean “Joy” Sharpton and Al Sharpton Jr.

Ada and Alfred Sharpton Sr. split in 1964, the obituary stated, but it did not give the reason why. 

In a November 2013 interview on OWN, the Rev. Al Sharpton told Oprah Winfrey in a November 2013 interview that his father ran off with Tina Glasgow one night. 

“I wake up one morning, he’s gone,” Sharpton said. “And not only is he gone, my oldest sister from my mother’s first marriage.”

“How old was she?” Winfrey asked.

“She was around 18,” Sharpton replied.

“Yeah,” Winfrey said. 

“Left with him and they had a child. And then they came and took my sister to live with them. And I thought, ‘Why did he leave me?’” Sharpton said. 

Kenneth Glasgow is shown in a photo on the Eagle’s website standing alongside Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at Ada Sharpton’s 2013 funeral, which was held at a church in Newville, Alabama. All three smile as a man identified as Kenny Glasgow sings at a microphone. 

It is not clear from the information in the photo how the two Glasgows are related.

Kenneth Glasgow admitted to WKRG three years later that Al Sharpton Sr. was his father. He told the news station, however, that he didn’t need the Sharpton name for his own activism.

“I don’t need my brother’s clout,” Glasgow said. “My work speaks for myself.”

WTVY in Dothan reported that Glasgow and members of his organization participated in the nationwide March for Our Lives event, in which people marched against gun violence in dozens of cities across the country, just one day before the shooting for which he has been charged. 

Glasgow took part in the march held Saturday in downtown Dothan. 

The Dothan march organizers on Monday issued a statement clarifying that Glasgow was not one of the planners of the event, but merely a participant. 

“Kenneth Glasgow was never a scheduled speaker at the march, nor did he participate in its planning,” the statement read, according to WTVY. “It frankly came as a surprise to organizers when the person from his organization who temporarily emceed the event at Porter Park (described him) as an ‘organizer,’ as he had never attended an organizational meeting or donated funds.

“The organizers of this event are relative newcomers to the area and unaware of the history surrounding many activists in this area. As such, they were not aware that Glasgow may claim credit that was not due him.”

The group also stated that its members were saddened by another young life lost to gun violence in the community. 

“Breunia Jennings' family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers as they seek justice for her,” the statement said. “We stand behind them in advocating for any common-sense legislation that would have kept a gun out of her killer's hands.”

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