Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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In a last-minute decision, ESPN joined the growing number of companies that have severed ties with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his derogatory comments towards Mexican immigrants. The broadcast network has
next week's ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles to the nearby Pelican Hill Golf Club.

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Real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump may have had a tough week—having been dropped by a number of major sponsors—but Trump found an unlikely cheerleader in Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore.

"You know, Republican voters, this one time—I’m not going to chastise you, I’m not going to ridicule you,” Wilmore said Thursday. “You keep doing what you’re doing so I can keep doing what I’m doing.”

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The Miss USA pageant has suddenly found itself without hosts or broadcaster.

Professional dancer Cheryl Burke announced on Tuesday that she was withdrawing as co-host thanks to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s derogatory comments towards Mexican immigrants, according to CNN. Later, NBC confirmed that newsman Thomas Roberts was also relinquishing his hosting duties.

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Walmart came under criticism this week from a Louisiana man named Chuck Netzhammer, who was upset that the company baked him a custom cake featuring the Islamic State battle flag one day after denying his request for a cake decorated with the Confederate flag. In a YouTube video that has since been taken down, Netzhammer holds up the black and white cake and demands an explanation from the company.

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