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Trump-loving artist sues the Smithsonian because it refuses to display his widely mocked presidential mural

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Julian Raven, the conservative artist whose massive mural of President Donald Trump drew widespread hackles when it was shown at CPAC 2019, believes that his work deserves a wider audience.

The Daily Beast reports that Raven has “has been locked for years in a legal battle” to get his 16-foot-wide Trump mural displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, which has so far been cool to giving his work space.

Raven recently lost his case before D.C.’s U.S. District Court to force the Smithsonian to display the Trump painting, but he tells the Daily Beast that he’s prepared to take his fight to the highest court in the land.

“I have this incredible, unprecedented case that may go all the way to the Supreme Court,” he says.

Raven claims that the director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery told him two years ago that his painting of Trump was “too political” and “too big” to display. Raven says the director also told him that his painting was “no good.”

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Raven also complains to the Daily Beast that his giant Trump painting has hurt his career as an artist, on the grounds that the art world “is controlled by very strong political ideologies on the left.”

“It’s been a very uncertain and oftentimes very discouraging journey that did affect negatively my art career,” Raven says. “My art sales just took a nosedive.”

Read the whole profile of Raven here.

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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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