May 14, 2014

Many people would consider Debbie and Chico Jimenez's efforts to feed the hungry a praiseworthy cause. But the Daytona Beach police have a different opinion.

The retired couple began their ministry, "Spreading the Word without a Word," nearly a year ago to help those in need. Each Wednesday, the Jimenezes provide hot dogs, chicken, pasta salad, and other food to more than 100 homeless residents of the Daytona Beach community. After local residents complained that the homeless were publicly urinating at Manatee Island Park, where the Jimenezes distribute food, police allegedly issued a warning to the couple, who continued their mission. The Jimenezes then received two citations each as well as a number of fines.

"They were told... that if they come back there, they would be cited and they could risk going to jail," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told NBC News. "There is a segment of the homeless population that is homeless by choice... they are sex offenders, substance abusers, and bank robbers."

The Jimenezes claim they were never warned to stay away from the park and plan to dispute their citations in court. "How can we turn our backs on the hungry?" Debbie Jimenez told NBC News. "We can't." Meghan DeMaria

12:11 p.m. ET

The Daily Beast reported Thursday that White House officials weren't all that upset about President Trump's sexist Twitter rant Thursday morning because it meant he wasn't talking about something else: health care. "At least you're writing [about] this and not that we're going to kill millions of people," a White House official reportedly said, referring to Republicans' plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Another official apparently shrugged off Trump's tweets, in which he called Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and claimed he "said no" to hanging out with her at Mar-a-Lago because she "was bleeding badly from a face-lift." "This is who the president is," the official reportedly said. The Daily Beast reported the official added that "the tweets were at least better than those about the travel ban or James Comey."

Read more at The Daily Beast. Becca Stanek

11:53 a.m. ET

A baby deer owes its life to one quick-thinking teen in North Carolina. High schooler Chance Pressley and his friends were riding Jet Skis on a local lake when they spotted the fawn flailing in the water. Knowing the deer had only moments to live, Chance jumped in and pulled it to safety, and his friend towed them to shore. Since baby "Fred," as Chance nicknamed the fawn, was separated from his family, the teen decided to bring him home before calling an animal rehabilitator. "My mom was a little mad," says Chance. Christina Colizza

11:43 a.m. ET

Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) put her foot down Thursday after President Trump launched a sexist attack on Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. "This has to stop," Collins tweeted, calling for "respect and civility":

Her reminder to the government that they "have a job" comes as Senate Republicans struggle to craft a passable plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Collins has come out against the first draft of the bill, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave an additional 22 million uninsured by 2026, as opposed to under ObamaCare.

Because Republicans can only afford two defections, Collins' support is key for Senate Republican leadership if they want to pass the GOP health-care plan. Trump's sexist Thursday morning tweets about "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" don't seem to be helping the cause. Becca Stanek

11:02 a.m. ET

Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) expressed her personal offense to President Trump's sexist attack on Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday:

Other Republican lawmakers have also expressed outrage at Trump's comments, although the president was defended by Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and first lady Melania Trump. Jeva Lange

10:58 a.m. ET

In a statement released through a spokesperson, first lady Melania Trump stood by her husband Thursday morning after he hurled sexist insults at a woman on Twitter. Responding to President Trump's tweets calling Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski "low I.Q." and "crazy" and claiming she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he rejected her company at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Melania reiterated that her husband just can't help but punch back when he's "attacked."

"As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," the first lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement.

Ironically, Melania has taken up cyberbullying as one of her causes as first lady. Though she's declared "it is never okay when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied, or attacked," it's apparently okay when a woman is attacked by her 71-year-old husband. Becca Stanek

10:49 a.m. ET

President Trump's viciously sexist tweets about Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski might have been provoked by the co-host's joke about his hand size. As the Morning Joe team was discussing a fake Time magazine cover with Trump on the front Thursday morning, Brzezinski suggested Trump was hiding his hands in the photo "because they're teensy!"

Just a few hours later, Trump unleashed sexist insults on Brzezinski. Brzezinski herself may well believe it was her "teensy" hand comment that set Trump off; this was her reply. Jeva Lange

10:34 a.m. ET

People on both sides of the aisle were horrified Thursday by President Trump's viciously sexist tweets about Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. Even Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to chastise the president, calling his language "beneath the dignity of your office" and "what is wrong with American politics."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted:

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) also expressed his disappointment:

Democrats were also outraged. "If anyone on my staff [tweeted] this, they would be fired instantly," said Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). Jeva Lange

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