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Robert De Niro has some choice words, and a couple f-bombs, for his Fox News critics



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Robert De Niro says he thinks Democrats had no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

“It has to happen,” De Niro told CNN Business’ Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. He called the present political situation a crisis, “and too many people are too gentle and genteel about it. And we’re in a crisis situation, period,” De Niro said. Two days earlier, on the red carpet for the New York Film Festival opening night premiere of his new film “The Irishman,” De Niro told Variety he hopes Trump gets impeached.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week announced a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistleblower said the president had pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

De Niro has become an outspoken Trump critic in recent years, and last year played Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a series of “Saturday Night Live” sketches about the White House. But as for whether Trump should step down as President, as the Connecticut Post suggested he do this week, the legendary actor is not so sure that will happen.
“I don’t think he’s capable of resigning,” De Niro told Stelter. “He will say it’s rigged or this or that. The day after he was elected, I said, well, give him a chance. You never know. You will see. But he is the — he’s worse than I ever could have imagined.”

But De Niro’s comments on Trump haven’t always been warmly received by the president’s supporters. While a speech at last year’s Tony Awards — in which he said “F— Trump” twice — was met with a standing ovation by the event’s attendees, it also prompted criticism from Fox News.

“F— them, f— them,” De Niro said to Stelter of his critics on Fox News, before theatrically apologizing for cursing. When Stelter asked about his use of foul language to make the point, De Niro justified it by saying “this guy is like a gangster” and “we’re in a terrible situation.” He also said he thinks Fox News is responsible for propping up Trump.
“Some of these other pundits on Fox … I can’t believe that they would actually buy into this craziness. This guy is — should not be president, period,” De Niro said. “And this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to CNN Business’ request for comment.
As for his portrayal of Mueller on “Saturday Night Live,” De Niro said he hopes to bring the character back. He said he’s already spoken to the show’s Executive Producer Lorne Michaels about doing a sketch depicting “all the things people would have wished Mueller had done — would have done, should have done, could have done,” while he was acting as special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

De Niro’s new film, “The Irishman,” directed by Martin Scorsese, opens in theaters on November 1 and on Netflix on November 27.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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