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Robert De Niro kicks off Tribeca Film Festival by calling out Trump for ‘promoting racism’

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Robert De Niro was back in anti-Trump mode on the opening night of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Introducing the festival’s opening night selection, the Roger Ross Williams documentary “The Apollo,” alongside co-founder Jane Rosenthal, De Niro made note of the fact that the film represents a historical setting that rebukes the current Trump administration. Tribeca’s opening night screening was held at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, an appropriate venue considering it’s the subject of the documentary.

“You can feel the history, the echo of the entertainers,” De Niro said in a speech before the film. “In this administration, during these disturbing times of promoting racism, tonight, we reject it. No you don’t, not here, not on this stage.”

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De Niro has been in the news numerous times over the last year and change for slamming Trump during public appearances. The actor received a standing ovation at the 2018 Tony Awards in June for saying “fuck you, Donald Trump” before presenting an award, and he called Trump a “mad man” and a “low life” during the opening of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Last October during an appearance on ABC’s short-lived “The Alec Baldwin Show,” De Niro even took Trump’s administration to task.

“Many of these people who are tied to Trump are going to be tainted for the rest of their lives,” De Niro said. “They think they want to be with him and it’s going to make them something, but they are paying such a price making a deal with the devil — it’s scary.”

De Niro is gearing up for a big return to the movies this year with roles in high profile projects such as “Joker” and “The Irishman.” The latter reunites the actor with his longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese for a gangster drama backed by Netflix and co-starring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. “Joker,” meanwhile, casts De Niro opposite Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story about the famous Batman villain’s rise to power in Gotham City. “Joker” is set for release October 4 from Warner Bros., while Netflix will open “The Irishman” in theaters sometime in the fall.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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