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Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

Actor and musician Frank Stallone took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for an expletive-filled rant mocking David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

"To everyone and to David Hogg especially," Stallone began. "I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went through I'm deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank."

>> See the tweet here

The apology came one day after Stallone, the younger brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, slammed Hogg in a profane tweet.

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in the now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

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

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

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

Stallone's tweet quickly sparked backlash as celebrities and other social media users defended Hogg while taking jabs at Stallone's career.

Stallone made his Twitter account private after the backlash.

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

"Hi I just made my account private so I don't have to listen to a bunch of computer hero's [sic] telling me how tough they [are] and I'm not," Stallone explained in a tweet Saturday afternoon. "In this country you can choose your company."

>> See the tweet here

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His Twitter account was made public again Sunday.

Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

Actor and musician Frank Stallone is facing backlash after he reportedly slammed David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> UPDATE: Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in a now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

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

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

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

The tweet by Stallone, who is Sylvester Stallone's younger brother, quickly sparked backlash. Here's what people were saying:

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Stallone has since made his Twitter account private.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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