Brittany M. Hughes
Managing Editor
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Brittany is MRCTV's managing editor, host of the web series "Reality Check," and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Before coming to MRCTV, she worked as an investigative reporter for CNS News. Prior to that, she was an education and politics reporter in Danville, Virginia. 

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Photo by Gage Skidmore/Huffington Post

(Photo by: Gage Skidmore/Huffington Post)

Update: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a pledge with the Republican National Committee vowing to support the GOP presidential nominee and ruling out a third-party bid if he winds up not getting the Republican nomination next year, a move that directly contradicts repeated statements he had made in the past.

During a press conference from the Trump Tower in New York City Thursday, Trump vowed to he is "pledging [his] allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands," while holding up a copy of the pledge.

Trump added he will not renege on the pledge, adding, "I have no intention of changing my mind."

 

 

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Original Story:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will pledge to endorse the Republican nominee for president – even if it turns out not to be him, according to recent reports.

According to Politico:

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Photo by Greg Kramos / USFWS

(Photo by Greg Kramos / USFWS)

While ISIS continues its bloody onslaught in the Middle East, Syrian refugees die attempting to flee their war-torn nation, illegal aliens steadily stream across the U.S.-Mexico border and the stock market teeters back and forth like a rusty see-saw, Americans can rest assured knowing that the lesser prairie chicken is making a comeback in the Midwest.

A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that would have added the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) to the list of “threatened” species, which is one category below the “endangered” species designation, due to the bird's growing population.

Prevalent across Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the lesser prairie chicken population is currently estimated at around 30,000 birds. The federal move to list the bird -- which is actually a type of grouse -- as “threatened” was challenged by farmers, ranchers and gas and oil companies in the Midwest, who said such a designation would hurt their ability to expand due to federal restrictions over the birds’ habitat.

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In order to avoid further federal regulation, legislators in the five states where the birds lived created their own conservation program, offering incentives to companies and farmers that put aside land for the chickens to live on. Following the efforts, the LPC population has increased by about 10,000 in the past two years, aerial surveys have shown.

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Photo By Andrew Burton/MSNBC

(Photo by Andrew Burton/MSNBC)

Since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States, abortion megastar Planned Parenthood has raked in a cool $8 billion in taxpayer dollars funneled through federal, state and local governments.

Eight. BILLION.

According to records provided by the American Life League (ALL), a pro-life advocacy group that has tracked Planned Parenthood’s comings and goings for decades, Planned Parenthood has collected the following amounts each year since 1973:

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Kenneth C. Zirkel/Getty Images

(Kenneth C. Zirkel/Getty Images)

In a bizarre scene on Washington D.C.’s Metro Wednesday morning, passengers intervened to save a toddler who was being abducted by a total stranger.

According to witnesses who spoke with the Washington Post, a mother and her two-year-old boarded the Orange Line shortly before 9:30 a.m. The toddler was strapped into a stroller.

Out of nowhere, another female passenger on the train apparently tried to pull the child out of the stroller. While both the mother and child were screaming, several strangers stepped in and restrained the woman until the Metro came to the Foggy Bottom station, where transit authorities took the would-be abductor into custody.

The toddler was not hurt during the incident.

While the story ultimately had a happy ending, passengers onboard the Metro at the time reported they had tried calling for help using the train’s emergency intercom system, but were unable to have any kind of successful communication with the conductor. [intermarkets_ad]

Apparently, this isn’t the first time someone’s tried to use the Metro’s emergency alert system and wound up getting a whole lot of nothing for their trouble.

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(Photo credit: Washington State Athletics)

It turns out students at Washington State University may continue using horribly offensive words like “male” and “female” at their chosen institute of higher learning, thanks to school officials who vowed Wednesday to uphold their First Amendment rights of free speech and expression.

According to The College Fix, the university just smacked down an attempt by some faculty members threatening to fail students who use words and phrases deemed “offensive” in class, such as “illegal alien,” “male” or “female.”

For example, the syllabus of one Professor Selena Lester Breikss for her “Women and Popular Culture” class dictated:

Gross generalizations, stereotypes, and derogatory/oppressive language are not acceptable. Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated. (This includes “The Man,” “Colored People,” “Illegals/Illegal Aliens,” “Tranny” and so on - or referring to women/men as females or males).

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Photo: Bill Roth/ADN

(Photo by Bill Roth/ADN)

President Obama – who graduated Columbia University with a degree in political science – became an environmental and ecological expert Monday night in time to decry America’s contributions to global warming and the alleged melting of Arctic ice caps at this year’s GLACIER Conference, predicting a dire future for humanity.

During the GLACIER event, which stands for Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, Obama blamed the recent rash of wildfires sweeping parts of Washington State on global warming, insisting that “climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.”

Overall, the speech painted a fairly doom-and-gloom outlook for America and the rest of the world. So if you’re a Doomsday Prepper, here are a few excerpts from the president's speech explaining the climate-related disasters heading to a town near you:


Your house might slide off into the ocean…

Reduced sea levels leaves villages unprotected from floods and storm surges. Some are in imminent danger; some will have to relocate entirely.

…or it might be engulfed in flames.

Alaska’s fire season is now more than a month longer than it was in 1950. At one point this summer, more than 300 wildfires were burning at once. Southeast of here, in our Pacific Northwest, even the rainforest is on fire…this is a threat to many communities.

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(Photo by John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Firearms have been getting a lot of airtime in the media recently, with the debate surrounding gun safety simmering at a slow and steady boil before surging to the headlines after each bout of random violence by a deranged person intent on doing harm. So it’s no surprise when a terrible tragedy like the one last Wednesday, in which WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed by a racist ex-coworker with a chip on his shoulder the size of Alaska, is quickly followed by an outcry against guns and a demand for stricter laws -- or even an outright ban.

Amid all the concern over guns, perhaps it's important to understand just how many of these firearms currently sitting in millions of homes throughout America are actually used in homicides.

According to the most recent government data, it’s less than 0.00004 (0.004%).

The most recent estimates for the number of guns in circulation throughout the United States falls somewhere around 310 million by 2009 standards, according to the National Institute of Justice. There are probably even more now that it’s six years later, but we’ll stick with the latest concrete number.

The number of firearm-related homicides in 2013 -- the CDC’s most recent data -- was 11,208 (so about 309,988,792 guns were just milling about that year, not killing anybody).

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Photo by Joe Warner/NJ.com

(Photo by Joe Warner/NJ.com)

Folks in the City of Brotherly Love were probably feeling an extra level of togetherness Saturday as several thousand cyclists rode naked around Philadelphia to promote energy conservation and “positive body image” as part of the seventh annual Philly Naked Bike Ride.

According to the Associated Press, about 3,000 participants from across the country showed up covered in body paint, glitter, underwear or even just their shoes to ride the 12-mile course that wound throughout the city. While many people wore only decorative paint, some riders sported pro-environment and anti-oil messages. One woman had painted her naked back with the message, “Live free, ride nude” to promote “body freedom,” she said.

Amtrak, which received almost $1.4 billion in taxpayer subsidies this fiscal year, also offered a 10 percent discount on tickets to participants that traveled to the event by train – presumably clothed.

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The Naked Philly Bike Ride’s website says the event is held each year to promote “fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy.” The group also recommended that riders wrap their bike seats in “a t-shirt, a bandana, a swatch of velvet, or anything else that will make your bum feel happy.”

For those who chose not to, we can only hope the seats were comfortable.