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Hannity tried to troll liberals by having them critique ‘provocative’ Trump ‘art’ — and was immediately ripped to shreds

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Fox News pundit Sean Hannity on Monday night mused on Twitter whether art-loving “leftists” would properly appreciate a YouTube video featuring a painting of President Donald Trump clutching a torn broken flag on a football field — and immediately got an art history lesson he didn’t ask for.

“The ‘left’ loves art, and especially taxpayer funded art that is ‘provocative,'” Hannity tweeted. “Let’s get their reaction to this.”

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Though it remains unclear whether artist John McNaughton was paid by the government to paint his “Respect the flag” ode to the president, Twitter nevertheless took the opportunity to school him both on art history and on public arts funding.

“I just want to say that Guernica has been surpassed,” journalist Sam Thielman joked, referencing Pablo Picasso’s 11-foot-long magnum opus.

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“This is almost as good as my favorite public school mural, Visual Ode To Pisschrist,” reporter Talia Lavin said, citing Andres Serrano’s controversial “Piss Christ” piece that features Jesus Christ on the cross contained within a urine-filled vessel.

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Veteran and photojournalist J. M. Giordano, meanwhile, took a page out of Nazi history to describe his reaction to McNaughton’s imaginative take on athletes protesting police brutality.

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“‘Degenerate art (German: Entartete Kunst) was a term adopted in the 1920s by the Nazi Party in Germany to describe Modern art.'” he tweeted, citing a definition of the movement banned during the Third Reich. “‘During the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, such art was banned in Nazi Germany on the grounds that it was un-German.'”

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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.

Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.

Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.

Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.

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Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.

?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.

A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.

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Trump admitted on live TV he will ‘terminate’ Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November

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President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon openly vowed to permanently "terminate" the funding mechanism for both Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November—an admission that was seized upon by defenders of the popular safety net programs who have been warning for months that the administration's threat to suspend the payroll tax in the name of economic relief during the Covid-19 pandemic was really a backdoor sabotage effort.

Announcing and then signing a series of legally dubious executive orders, including an effort to slash the emergency federal unemployment boost by $200 from the $600 previously implemented by Democrats, Trump touted his order for a payroll tax "holiday"—which experts noted would later have to be paid back—but said if he won in November that such a cut would become permanent.

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