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Learn all about Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo in his upcoming film ‘Big Time Backfire’ (a Sunday open thread)

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By Doug Powers  •  January 10, 2016 10:30 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Another Sunday, another open thread! If by chance you’re at the Vikings game you’re probably not reading this because your phone is frozen solid.

A few things to kick it off…

Marxist-loving left-wing actor Sean Penn is still trying to find himself after a long mourning period following the death of his pal Hugo Chavez, so he apparently sought solace in the company of fugitive drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, aka “El Chapo,” who Penn was allowed to interview in Mexico recently:

For El Chapo (and maybe even Penn), it backfired big time:

Sean Penn unwittingly led Mexican marines to El Chapo after meeting him for an extraordinary interview – and is now under investigation.

The sensational meeting took place deep in the Mexican jungle in October and was arranged by Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and a fixer, with the permission of the Sinaloa cartel.

El Chapo admitted in the bizarre interview to being the biggest drug trafficker in the world and said he sent engineers to Germany to learn how to build the tunnel he would eventually use to escape a maximum security prison.

The cartel boss was captured on Friday in a daring 4am raid by Mexican marines and was returned to Altiplano jail. The double Oscar-winning actor’s meeting with El Chapo led to the gun battle in which he was captured, an official said.

What other wanted criminals should authorities encourage Penn to “interview”?

All that aside, there’s magic in Penn’s pen:

Hugo’s parrot helped him come up with the tech joke.

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Tuesday night is Obama’s final State of the Union speech. Among those sitting in FLOTUS’ box for the SOTU will be a Syrian refugee. So there’s one that’s probably been properly vetted.

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Two people at the Phoenix VA who were given termination notices almost two years ago for their part in maintaining secret waiting lists are… going back to work at the agency on Monday after getting 19 months paid leave.

Remember this?

“I will not stand for it, not as Commander and Chief, but also not at as an American,” he said. “None of us should.”

“Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified records at VA facilities has to be held accountable.”

The president is such a comedian.

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A big real estate deal could be in the works

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Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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