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Former President Bill Clinton, shown walking on stage at a Clinton Global Initiative event in 2010, apparently had a close friendship with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, such a friendship that Epstein hung an unusual portrait of the former president in his Manhattan townhouse. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Boys' club

How close were the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and former President Bill Clinton, who records show took at least 27 flights on his pal's private plane?

Epstein had a portrait of Clinton in his Manhattan townhouse lounging in a chair and wearing a blue dress and red high heels and looking and pointing provocatively toward the viewer.

After the painting was revealed, the artist outed herself, saying she never knew what had happened to the work.

"In 2012, as a grad student at the New York Academy of Art," Petrina Ryan-Kleid told Fox News in a statement, "I painted pictures of Presidents Bill Clinton and [George W.] Bush as part of my master's thesis. When the school put on a fundraiser at the Tribeca Ball that year, they sold my painting to one of the attendees. I had no idea who the buyer was at the time."

It was a complete surprise, she said, that the painting — titled "Parsing Bill" — landed in the home of Epstein, who killed himself while in federal custody earlier this month.

Clinton has long been tied to Epstein, and rumors of what the convicted pedophile and the impeached former president did together have dogged their friendship. Spokesperson for Clinton have long denied he knew about Epstein's nefarious activities with underage women.

 

News a hair slow

It must have been a slow news day at far-left CNN last week. Host Chris Cuomo unleashed a segment in which he intimated President Donald Trump had not physically aged in office the way other presidents did.

"It's been almost three years since Trump won the presidency," he said. "He looks exactly the same. His hair is — I don't know what's going on with that. But he may do things that presidents in the past haven't done to augment their physical reality, but it could also be he doesn't care the way others have."

Cuomo backed up his hard-hitting expose with photos of the last three presidents who served two terms, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and showed photos when they took office and then at the completion of their terms. Then he showed photos of Trump before taking office and recently.

"Now while I wish poor sleep on no man," he said, "maybe this president could use a sleepless night or two, less executive time, fewer hours in front of the TV and on the golf course. Maybe he should focus on fixing things, carrying that burden. Because that's the job, and it should get hard."

If Cuomo were really focused, though, he would have revealed to viewers whether Russia had anything to do with Trump's unusual hair color.

 

'Old Hickory' to the closet

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson recently announced what one of her first moves would be when she is inaugurated in 2021. She would remove a portrait of fellow Democrat Andrew Jackson from the Oval Office.

President Donald Trump chose the portrait to hang in the office after he was inaugurated in 2017.

But Williamson said Jackson's 1830 signing of the Indian Removal Act, which eventually forced the relocation of many Americans Indians from the Southeast, disqualifies him from consideration.

"I want people of the United States to come to understand that what occurred on this planet was one of the great evils of history," the author and self-help guru said, "but that I believe in redemption for nations as well for individuals."

Evidently, just not redemption for Jackson.

Williamson said when she is in the White House, "we can make amends," but she did not spell out what that meant.

"You will not be insulted," she said of her potential portrait selection. "You will be more than not insulted."

 

Whoops, they were caught

The University of Kentucky was forced to apologize last week when it was revealed staff members conspired to block the formation of a Young America's Foundation chapter on campus.

Using emails obtained through public records, the Young America's Foundation exposed that two school staff members mocked the organization and slow-walked its formation.

"They are going to be mad they waited forever," an email from Caitlyn Walsh, assistant director of student organizations and activities, wrote, "and I denied them[,] whoops." Scanning the group's values, which are written into their constitution, another staffer wrote, "Oh jesus tap dancing christ."

University spokesman Jay Blanton said the organization ultimately was approved and apologized "for some of the conversations that occurred around this process. We have taken steps to ensure that it does not happen again. We are reinforcing with all of our staff the importance of using appropriate language that does not inadvertently create any misperceptions regarding the work we are doing and the seriousness with which all of our staff members do it."

The Young America's Foundation has requested an apology from the staff members who mocked the organization. No word has emerged whether they'll get one.

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