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Lily Tomlin’s SAG Awards advice: Live your life so your friends won’t need ‘alternative facts’ for your eulogy

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The Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) awarded Lily Tomlin a lifetime achievement award on Sunday night and the pioneering LGBTQ activist and comic actor didn’t mince words when addressing the current political situation.

“Did you hear? The Doomsday Clock has been moved to two and half minutes before midnight?” Tomlin said. “And this award, it came just in the nick of time.”

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“When the great Ruth Gordon received an Oscar for the first time at 72, she said, ‘I can’t tell you how encouraging a thing like this could be,'” Tomlin said. “Wait a minute. I’ve realized I’m older than Ruth Gordon was at that point.”

She said that with the joy of this kind of lifetime award comes a kind of sadness, that now looking back she wishes she’d done “so much more” to earn it.

“I wasted a lot of time being ambitious about all the wrong things,” she confessed.

“Now, after 50 years in the business, I find young actors are asking me for sage advice hoping for nuggets of wisdom,” she said. “So along with telling them to wear sunscreen, I suggest a few other things I think you may find helpful.”

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“Don’t leave your house when you’re drunk,” she counseled. “If you’re already out there, you must learn to tell when you’ve had too much to drink. Listen to your friends. When they stop talking to you and start talking about you, saying things like, ‘Did she have a purse?'”

On the way, she obliquely dinged the Trump administration, saying, “Live your life so when you are being honored for your achievements, the people called upon to make laudatory remarks can feel reasonably honest about their comments. Otherwise, in these times, all their words of praise might be perceived as ‘alternative facts’ or, worse yet, ‘fake news.'”

She thanked her partner Jane Wagner and everyone in the theater.

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“What sign should I make for the next march?” she asked the crowd before saying, “I’m so glad this speech is almost over. And we could all go out and really change things.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

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