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Alec Baldwin rips Maddow and ‘Gay Dept. of Justice,’ vows to retire from public life

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Alec Baldwin denounced the rituals of celebrity worship as he vowed to retire from public life.

“In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day,” Baldwin wrote in a lengthy New Yorker article published Sunday.

The actor endured a series of failures last year that he blames in part on temperamental co-stars, duplicitous directors and clueless producers at MSNBC, which ended his short-lived talk show after he was accused of using homophobic slurs against tabloid reporters.

Baldwin claimed he was goaded into a confrontation last year with a tabloid photographer who then falsely accused the actor of calling him a “faggot,” and he defended – but also apologized – for calling another tabloid reporter a “toxic little queen.”

He also branded Anderson Cooper “the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture” for suggesting that Baldwin should be “vilified” for his slur against the Daily Mail journalist who’d reported the actor’s wife posted tweets during actor James Gandolfini’s funeral.

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“They say this is what comes with stardom — I don’t agree with you,” Baldwin wrote. “A journalist isn’t supposed to write a lie about you.”

He accuses MSNBC President Phil Griffin of bowing to pressure from Rachel Maddow to fire him over his comments about the Daily Mail reporter.

“I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does,” Baldwin wrote. “I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.”

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Baldwin claimed that, as an actor, he works in an industry that’s “awash in gay people,” whom he calls colleagues and friends.

He reached out to a gay rights group he’d researched and admired after he was branded a homophobe by Cooper, Maddow, and blogger Andrew Sullivan – whom he dubbed the “Gay Department of Justice” – but was disturbed by a comment made by one of the activists he met there, who asked if he’d come to get “dry-cleaned.”

“I said, ‘No. I don’t want to get dry-cleaned. I don’t want to be decontaminated by you, Karen Silkwood–wise, scrubbed down,’” Baldwin wrote. “’I want to learn about what is hurtful speech in your community. I want to participate in some programs about that. Or underwrite one. And then, like you, I just want to be left alone.’”

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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