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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Florida boy, 10, part of climate change lawsuit filed by kids against federal government


By Sun Sentinel, Nov. 22, 2017 

10-year-old Florida boy is one of 21 children across the country who have filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging that Washington is failing to do anything about climate change, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Levi Draheim, of Indialantic, a beach town in Brevard County on the state’s east coast, is the youngest and only Florida plaintiff involved in the suit, known as Juliana vs. United States, according to the newspaper.

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REVEALED: Baltimore homicide detective shot dead with his OWN gun was due to testify against fellow officers indicted for drug-dealing


By Daily Mail, Nov. 23, 2017 

A Baltimore police officer who was killed with his own service weapon was preparing to testify against fellow officers indicted in a drug-running scheme.

Sean Suiter, 43, was fatally shot in the head on November 15, and authorities say there is evidence of a struggle, according to the Baltimore Sun.

At the time of his murder, the homicide detective was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury about a case that alleged police in his city had conspired with cops in Philadelphia to sell cocaine and heroin.

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FLASHBACK (2015): "American Jailed For 8 Months For Theft Describes Conditions in a Chinese Detention Center"


By Sinosphere, May 22, 2015

In a report it issued last week about the widespread abuse of detainees in China’s criminal justice system, Human Rights Watch interviewed dozens of people who claimed to have been mistreated and tortured while in police custody. Nearly all of them were given anonymity so they could speak to investigators without fear of retribution from the Chinese authorities.

But one witness in the report stood out: Stuart Foster, an American sociology professor who spent nearly eight months in a southern Chinese detention center after he was arrested on theft charges in 2013.

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Two More Women Accuse Sen. Al Franken Of Inappropriate Touching


By Huffington Post, Nov. 22, 2017 

Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents. These are the third and fourth such allegations against Franken in the past week. Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, wrote last week that Franken had kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour. On Monday, Lindsay Menz accused Franken of groping her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

The two additional women, who said they were not familiar with each others’ stories, both spoke on condition of anonymity. But their stories, which describe events during Franken’s first campaign for the Senate, are remarkably similar — and both women have been telling them privately for years.

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Former ethics chief files complaint after Conway attacks Alabama Dem


By The Hill, Nov. 22, 2017 

The former director of the Office of Government Ethics filed a complaint with a federal watchdog over White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's comments on the Alabama Senate race, saying Conway could have violated a law that forbids federal employees from using their positions for political purposes.

"I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations," Walter Shaub tweeted Wednesday.


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Lawyer: ‘Conyers is not going to resign’


By Fox News, Nov. 22, 2017 

An attorney for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) says the longtime lawmaker will not resign from his post amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Mr. Conyers is not going to resign," Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, told CNN on Wednesday.

"If everybody that was facing 'allegations' -- including the President, members of the House and Senate -- resigned, we'd have a lot of unemployed people walking around," he said, adding that the congressman is taking the allegations against him "very seriously."

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Is California about to be hit by the 'Big One'? Fears of a massive earthquake rise after 134 mini-tremors rattle the San Andreas fault in just one week


By Daily Mail, Nov. 22, 2017 

Fresh fears have been raised that a huge earthquake is about to hit California after a swarm of recent tremors.

In the last week 134 earthquakes have hammered a three-mile stretch around Monterey County on the San Andreas fault.

Of those earthquakes, 17 were stronger than 2.5 magnitude and six of them were stronger than 3.0, with more tremors expected in the coming weeks, experts warn.

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Same Ole’ Game: Sexual Misconduct Is Only Bad When Republicans Do It


By Town Hall, Nov. 22, 2017 

Leah wrote yesterday about Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) being ensnared in the sexual misconduct reckoning that’s rippling through various industries and taking down very prominent members of the media. CBS’ Charlie Rose was fired yesterday based on allegations from eight women. NBC News’ Mark Halperin was also given his exit papers over past allegations. Glenn Thrush of The New York Times has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations lobbed against him.

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Police: MS-13 Members Maimed, Decapitated Man in Maryland Park


By NBC News, Sep, 22, 2017 

As many as 10 members of the gang MS-13 stabbed a man more than 100 times in a Maryland park, ripped out his heart and buried him, officials say.

Court documents released Wednesday reveal gruesome details about the killing of a man officials in Montgomery County still have not been able to identify.

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

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Seattle’s income tax on the wealthy is illegal, judge rules


By Seattle Times, Nov. 22, 2017

Seattle’s income tax on wealthy households failed its first legal test Wednesday, with a King County Superior Court ruling that the measure is illegal.

In a summary judgment, Judge John R. Ruhl agreed with multiple challengers that the city ordinance adopted in July is not authorized under state law.

Opponents of Seattle’s so-called “wealth tax” immediately hailed the ruling as proof that the city long has known the tax was legally flawed, but nonetheless pushed it into law.
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Larry Elder: "I Got Fired For Calling Out Liberal Hypocrisy On The Clintons"


By Larry Elder, Nov. 23, 2017

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles – my hypocritical ex-employer – hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station’s news anchors, Leeann Tweeden, claims Sen. Al Franken groped her. In 2006, Tweeden said, before Franken became a senator, he and she participated in a USO tour to entertain the troops in the Middle East.

But, claims Tweeden: “(Franken) repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.


“I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.

“I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.

“I felt disgusted and violated.”

Why was the KABC press conference about Franken’s misconduct bizarre?

Only a few years earlier, the same KABC radio executive who arranged the Tweeden press conference fired me for calling out the blatant left-wing hypocrisy over allegations not just of groping but of rape. I dared insist that the allegations made against President Bill Clinton by Juanita Broaddrick – who claims that she was raped by Bill Clinton and that then, two weeks after the rape, Hillary Clinton verbally intimidated the alleged rape survivor – should have been taken seriously. “No one cares about this issue,” said the very same KABC exec now allegedly incensed over the groping allegation against Franken. As for Broaddrick, the executive screamed, she is “old news,” as were, he insisted, Bill and Hillary’s treatment of multiple accusers. He burst into my radio studio, with the show in progress, and literally yelled at me for pounding an “irrelevant” topic. Shortly before I got fired, the executive sent this letter to my agent:

“I point out that from 3:15 p.m. to almost 4 o’clock, Larry is AGAIN talking about Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broderrick (sic), Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones and somehow linking Hillary Clinton and James Carville to Bill Clinton being a rapist and sexual harasser. This line of discussion is repeated and repeated, day after day. It is neither timely or relevant to today – though I assume Larry thinks it is in some way. It is my opinion that the sheer volume of instances – sometimes multiple times a day – where he brings this old, arcane topic up is very detrimental to the ratings. While there are literally scores of current, important and compelling stories, Larry is talking, again, about an issue from over 20 years ago. For the better part of an hour. Please let me know if you have some idea of how to get it to cease, short of embargoing mentions of the names above. … It was my understanding that Larry was going to stop by and see me. He has not.”

It isn’t enough to criticize Bill and Hillary Clinton – so-called advocates for women – for their hypocrisy. What about ABC News’ “chief anchor,” George Stephanopoulos, who helped set up the “war room” to respond to allegations made by women against Clinton? Stephanopoulos, then a top aide to presidential candidate Bill Clinton, even said, “Bill Clinton has no character problem.” How does a partisan like Stephanopoulos, who consistently defended Clinton’s behavior and blamed the “Republican attack machine,” become the “chief news anchor” of anything, let alone of ABC News? If, at last, much of the country is reassessing their opinion of Bill and Hillary Clinton, what about enablers like Stephanopoulos?

What about media executives, like the one I once worked for, who downplayed the hypocrisy and, in his case, actively attempted to squash any discussion of it? What about these media enablers? Comedian Chelsea Handler recently tweeted: “Imagine being molested by an older man. Then that man denies ever doing it and then goes on and gets elected to United States Senate. What kind of message does that send to young girls everywhere? And men to all the men who abuse women?”

Juanita Broaddrick tweeted back: “I can imagine. I was raped by the Arkansas AG who then becomes Governor & President and NBC held my interview explaining the rape until after his impeachment hearing. But I’m sure you don’t want to go there.” Handler apologized: “You are right and I apologize to you for not knowing your story. Democrats along with Republicans and the rest of the world’s political parties all need to do better and respect the firsthand accounts of victims. I believe you.”

Why did Handler not know her story? Blame media decision-makers who ignored or downplayed this issue – and even threatened the careers of those who dared call out the hypocrisy.
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Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' and it's fair to criticize Hillary Clinton


By CNN, Nov. 22, 2017

(CNN)As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill Clinton.

"Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him," says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor. "And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims."
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EXCLUSIVE: 'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message'


By Daily Mail., Nov. 23, 2017

Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in a power grab earlier this month are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the country tells DailyMail.com.

The group of the country's most powerful figures were arrested in a crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman three weeks ago as he ordered the detention of at least 11 fellow princes and hundreds of businessmen and government officials over claims of corruption.
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The NFL ratings slump is getting worse


By NY Post, Nov. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed a battery of tough measures to curb immigration after a deadly terror attack in New York, but left the White House scrambling to figure out how to fulfil his promises.

Looking to burnish his hardline image after what appeared to be the first major jihadist attack on the homeland during his administration, Trump pledged sweeping changes and later called for the attacker to be put to death.
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Wave of Hollywood sex assault claims sends LAPD into uncharted territory


By LA Times, Nov. 22, 2017

The flood of sexual assault allegations coming out of the Hollywood entertainment industry has the Los Angeles Police Department negotiating uncharted territory.

Never before has the department received so many sexual assault allegations involving high-profile figures at one time, including many complex cases that are years old with multiple alleged victims, officials say.
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Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known


By MSN, Nov. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin's allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties.

Even after the February 2014 fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, who won office with the help of a Manafort-engineered image makeover, the American consultant flew to Kiev another 19 times over the next 20 months while working for the smaller, pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party. Manafort went so far as to suggest the party take an anti-NATO stance, an Oppo Bloc architect has said. A key ally of that party leader, oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, was identified by an earlier Ukrainian president as a former Russian intelligence agent, "100 percent."
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Roy Moore’s Communications Director Resigns: John Rogers confirms he's left the Alabama Senate candidate's campaign.


By Washingtonian, Nov. 22, 2017

John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation. He declined to comment further.

The move comes as allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican continue to roil his campaign. Moore has denied those allegations, but several prominent Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have withdrawn their endorsements. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have also dropped their support.
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Former Charlie Rose intern says he made her watch sex scene from the movie ‘Secretary’


By NY Daily News, Nov. 22, 2017

A former intern says Charlie Rose made her watch an explicit sex scene from a movie while dropping mail at his home.

The accuser, Sarah Gordon, is the latest woman to accuse the veteran TV newsman of misconduct while either working for or applying for a gig at his independent interview show.

Her incident was in 2002, when she dropped mail off at her boss's apartment as he watched “Secretary,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.
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