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Af­ter British honor, it’s Dame Thomp­son

LON­DON — Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Emma Thomp­son has re­ceived one of Bri­tain’s high­est awards from Prince Wil­liam — and thought about giv­ing him a kiss at the Buck­ing­ham Palace cer­e­mony.

Thomp­son re­ceived a dame­hood on

Wed­nes­day in recog­ni­tion for her splen­did ca­reer, an event made spe­cial by the fact that it was given to her by Wil­liam, a long­time friend.

“I love Prince Wil­liam. I’ve known him since he was lit­tle, and we just snig­gered at each other,” she says. “I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No don’t!’ ”

Thomp­son was named for the fe­male equiv­a­lent of a knight­hood in the Queen’s Birth­day Honors List in June.

She plans to use the honor to fo­cus at­ten­tion on the plight of poor chil­dren who don’t get ad­e­quate food dur­ing school hol­i­days.

Michelle Obama rips Trump in book

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer first lady Michelle Obama blasts Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in her new book, writ­ing how she re­acted in shock the night she learned he would re­place her hus­band in the Oval Of­fice and tried to “block it all out.”

She also de­nounces Trump’s “birther” cam­paign ques­tion­ing her hus­band’s cit­i­zen­ship, call­ing it big­oted and dan­ger­ous, “de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”

In her me­moir “Be­com­ing,” set to come out Tues­day, Obama writes openly about ev­ery­thing from grow­ing up in Chicago to con­fronting racism in pub­lic life to her amaze­ment at be­com­ing the coun­try’s first black first lady. She also re­flects on early strug­gles in her mar­riage to Barack Obama as he be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was of­ten away. She writes that they met with a coun­selor “a hand­ful of times,” and she came to re­al­ize that she was more “in charge” of her hap­pi­ness than she had re­al­ized. “This was my pivot point,” Obama ex­plains. “My mo­ment of self-ar­rest.”

Obama writes that she as­sumed Trump was “grand­stand­ing” when he an­nounced his pres­i­den­tial run in 2015. She ex­presses dis­be­lief over how so many women would choose a “misog­y­nist” over Hil­lary Clin­ton, “an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date.” She re­mem­bers how her body “buzzed with fury” af­ter see­ing the in­fa­mous “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape, in which Trump brags about sex­u­ally as­sault­ing women.

Trump’s mes­sage, ac­cord­ing to Obama, in words which ap­pear in the book in dark­ened print: “I can hurt you and get away with it.”

Protesters tar­get home of Carl­son

WASH­ING­TON — Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a protest and van­dal­ism at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carl­son as a pos­si­ble hate crime. It’s the lat­est ex­am­ple of protesters tar­get­ing the per­sonal lives of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and al­lies.

Carl­son, in a phone in­ter­view with his net­work Thurs­day night, called the in­ci­dent “chill­ing” and “up­set­ting.”

Wash­ing­ton’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice De­part­ment re­ported that of­fi­cers were sum­moned to Carl­son’s home Wed­nes­day evening and found about 20 protesters and a com­monly used an­ar­chy sym­bol spray­painted on the drive­way.

A video posted on so­cial me­dia by a group call­ing it­self “Smash Racism DC” shows peo­ple stand­ing out­side a dark­ened home and chant­ing, “Tucker Carl­son, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.”

The video was later re­moved from Twit­ter.

Late-night talk show host Stephen Col­bert, a fre­quent critic of Trump and Fox News, con­demned it on Twit­ter.

“Fight­ing Tucker Carl­son’s ideas is an Amer­i­can right. Tar­get­ing his home and ter­ror­iz­ing his fam­ily is an act of mon­strous cow­ardice,” Col­bert wrote. “Ob­vi­ously don’t do this, but also, take no plea­sure in it hap­pen­ing. Feed­ing mon­sters just makes more mon­sters.”

Emma Thomp­son

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