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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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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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Wearing a mop of badly parted hair and standing before a bevy of American flags, Stephen Colbert did his best Donald Trump impression in a promo video released Tuesday for "The Late Show."

Colbert, who rose to stardom with his faux-GOP shtick, lampooned the real estate mogul's rather bizarre speech on Tuesday in which Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump's speech jumped haphazardly from topic to topic and was interrupted by early music cues.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is squaring off against former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield for a charity event. The two will duke it out Friday night to raise money for Charity Vision, a nonprofit that fights blindness in developing countries.

Check out pictures from their official weigh-in below.

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