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Alec Baldwin vows to quit public life, adds Rachel Maddow to ever-growing enemies list

TMZ, the New York Post, and their ilk have had a lot of fun with Alec Baldwin over the years. A lot of fun. But the embattled former 30 Rock star has had enough, he says in a new New York Magazine cover story: he’s quitting public life. Just think how much the tabloids are going to be missing: They don’t have Alec Baldwin to kick around any more.

The last year has been rough on Baldwin professionally. Privately, it’s been a time of great joy, as he and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed a baby daughter. But even that blessing has been marred by several highly-publicized incidents with paparazzi whom Baldwin says have crossed the line and instigated confrontations. One of those confrontations resulted in accusations that Baldwin had uttered a gay pejorative, leading to his being branded a homophobe by several high-profile out media personalities. As a result, his newly-launched MSNBC talk show, in hindsight, was doomed to failure. Throw in his less momentous but even more fascinating Broadway pissing match with the formerly famous Shia LaBeouf, and Baldwin has had enough. In a 5,284-word confession that is half apology, half Nixonian diatribe, Baldwin settles old scores, makes new enemies, and announces that he’s probably done with New York. “There’s been a shift in my life,” he says. “And it’s caused me to step back and say, This is happening for a reason.”

On the way out the door, he slams a multitude of famous people for incompetence, phoniness, or outright stupidity. If Baldwin is sincere in his intention to retire from the spotlight — at least in the sense of participating in public discourse, both important and frivolous — his final blast was a corker. But I suspect his growing list of enemies will respond, denying him the final word.

1. Rachel Maddow
What Baldwin said: “Another [MSNBC employee] told me, regarding the ‘toxic little queen’ comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, ‘You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.’ I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.” READ FULL STORY

'Gattaca' fan Rand Paul copies Wikipedia in abortion speech -- VIDEO

In a world… where copy/paste functionality has made plagiarism easier than ever… one woman… will discover that plagiarism… and gleefully point it out on national TV, making a senator from Kentucky look awfully silly.

Ladies and gentlemen, that world… is our world. The senator: Rand Paul, who recently delivered a speech about abortion rights and eugenics that uses the 1997 movie Gattaca as an example of the dark direction he believes our country could be headed. The woman: Rachel Maddow, who revealed Monday night that large swaths of the speech had been lifted directly from Gattaca‘s Wikipedia page.

“In the movie Gattaca — in the not too distant future – eugenics is common,” Paul said in his speech. “And DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”

It’s copied nearly word-for-word from the first sentence of Wikipedia’s Gattaca plot summary: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class.”
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Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, and Frank Ocean make annual OUT Power 50 list

Apple CEO Tim Cook leads OUT Magazine‘s 7th annual list of the 50 most powerful gay men and women in America. Each year, OUT ranks the perceived power and prestige of entertainers, business leaders, politicians, and activists to determine the most influential people in the LGBT community.

Cook is followed by talk show titan Ellen DeGeneres, who holds onto the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row. Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy moves up into third place with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow at No. 4.

This year marks the first time Anderson Cooper is out publicly for his appearance on the list — he’s No. 5 — though he has been included in years past. OUT‘s decision to include power players that are not publicly open about their sexuality has been somewhat controversial and continues this year with FOX News anchor Shepard Smith, who ranks at No. 8, and Matt Drudge (No. 21).

Frank Ocean, who opened up about his bisexuality last year ahead of the release of his Grammy-winning Channel Orange, rounds out the top ten.

Neil Patrick Harris, Bravo exec Andy Cohen, fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, Suze Orman, Jane Lynch, X-Men director Bryan Singer, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and RuPaul also appear on the list.

Visit OUT for the complete top 50.

Follow John on Twitter: @JohnMitchell83

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Rachel Maddow hits Reddit: 'Ask me anything!'

Rachel Maddow, author and queen of MSNBC punditry, took to Reddit to do an AMA (“ask me anything”), joining Aziz Ansari and President Obama in the ranks of people who’ve jumped into the giant, crazy pool of Reddit in order to talk to Us, the American People about Congress, war, and the best rye whiskeys on the market.

Here’s what we learned:

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