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Clint Eastwood, citing old age, defends bizarre RNC performance

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Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, who stole the show on the final night of the Republican convention by debating an empty chair meant to signify President Obama, is now defending his performance by saying that in old age, “you don’t have to edit yourself.”

In an interview with CNN, Eastwood said that he had in fact improvised his fake conversation with an invisible Obama. Eastwood did not back down when asked about his decision to deliver such a nontraditional speech, saying instead that it was alright for him to do so because he was old.

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“One advantage of being my age is that, you know, what can they do to you?” Eastwood said. “You just have fun and do what you think and you can say what you think, you don’t have to edit yourself.”

Asked if he regretted it at all, the 82 year-old Eastwood simply shook his head, no.

On the Republican convention’s closing night, Eastwood emerged as a surprise speaker in the penultimate slot, immediately preceding Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. Yet Eastwood’s appearance drew so much attention that it detracted from what was supposed to be the convention’s biggest moment to tout Romney to voters at home.

Eastwood also brushed back criticism that his speech—in which he acted several times as if Obama had told him to shut up or said lewd things to Romney—was offensive, saying that politics is simply a nasty business.

“Nobody wants to sit and insult people, which unfortunately, that’s the way politics is,” Eastwood said. “People are always insulting one another that have different points of views than one another.”

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Tribe demolishes Dershowitz for claim Trump can do no wrong: ‘He’s selling out for attention’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe excoriated his former colleague Alan Dershowitz's argument that President Donald Trump's conduct cannot be impeachable without specific crimes.

"We've got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it," said Tribe. "He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don't know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it's an abuse but it's not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can't remove him for it. That really — that's disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that."

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Angry Alan Dershowitz goes off on ‘two bullies’ Anderson Cooper and Jeff Toobin when confronted with his hypocrisy

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz went on the defensive as Cooper and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted him with his prior statements that impeachment doesn't require a criminal act for President Bill Clinton — which he now says is required for President Donald Trump.

"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.

"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."

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‘It’s not persecution when someone disagrees with you’: Panel makes a fool out of Santorum for a second time in one night

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) had a second round of being shouted down on Monday night when he randomly went off about religious freedom during a CNN panel discussion about impeachment and losing female support.

A recent CNN poll showed that the president is quickly losing support from women, with few ways to ever get them back. Santorum argued he managed to pass some small stipend of paid family leave.

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