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Agent for conservative actor James Woods dumps him after ‘feeling patriotic’

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US actor James Woods, one of the rare Hollywood celebrities to openly support President Donald Trump, has been dumped by his talent agent — apparently over politics.

The Emmy Award-winning actor shared on Twitter the email he received from Ken Kaplan on Independence Day, informing him he no longer wished to represent him.

“It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic,” wrote Kaplan, whose list of clients includes “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart. “I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I can go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”

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Woods, 71, who described Kaplan as a “political liberal,” included his response on his Twitter feed.

“Dear Ken, I don’t actually,” he wrote. “I was thinking if you’re feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual.

“Be that as it may, I want to thank you for all your hard work and devotion on my behalf. Be well.”

The twice Oscar-nominated actor, known for his roles in “Salvador” and “Casino,” has drawn attention for his support of Trump and has previously complained about being blacklisted by Hollywood because of his conservative views.

Prior to being dumped by his agent, he had gone on a rant on Twitter hitting out against Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and former president Barack Obama, describing him as a “stain.”

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Breadlines form down the street from Mar-a-Lago as the Trump economy collapses: report

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"Though it’s just a four-minute drive across the lagoon from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club, and ten minutes from the Palm Beach outposts of Chanel and Louis Vuitton, Howley’s diner has become an emblem of America’s stark new economic reality," wrote Shawn Donnan and Reade Pickert. "With more than 10 million people across the nation suddenly unemployed, bread lines are forming in the shadows of privileged enclaves like this one in Florida."

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Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75 percent of workers

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The Trump administration has quietly issued new guidance that will exempt many small businesses from having to provide some workers with paid leave during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Labor issued a temporary rule Wednesday that effectively exempted businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being required to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers whose children are suddenly at home from school or child care under the coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report

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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.

But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."

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