Film producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million dollar settlement in civil cases with women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment, according to The Wall Street Journal. The civil suits involve accusations from women in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada and date back nearly three decades. $30 million of the
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The Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee said Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who has completed his investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election, “wants to testify in private” to lawmakers. In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. , who chairs the panel, said “There are
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President Donald Trump boasted Thursday about being featured as Japan’s guest of honor during his upcoming trip to Tokyo, The Washington Post reports. Trump will become the first foreign leader Monday to meet Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, who was named monarch after his father, Akihito, became the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than 200
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Senate Republicans adopted a permanent ban on earmarks Thursday, signaling to Democrats that the oft-criticized practice won’t be tolerated so long as Republicans control the chamber. Republicans passed the permanent ban at the urging of Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who argued the GOP’s current policy, continually re-instating a two-year ban which has existed
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A video obtained and published by BuzzFeed News shows life coach Tony Robbins, who is already embroiled in scandalous allegations, dancing around singing racial slurs during a presentation. BuzzFeed recently published a damning feature story about Robbins, detailing allegations of sexual harassment from numerous women, and instances of Robbins berating rape victims. This video features
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A video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with the audio slowed to make her speech sound drunkenly slurred, made the rounds on social media Thursday. The video is from Pelosi’s Wednesday speech at the Center for American Progress — but the altered version was posted on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook’s Politics WatchDog page, where it
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On Thursday’s episode of “Humor Me,” BlazeTV host Chad Prather weighed in on America’s escalating abortion debate, saying that our country has reached a moral crossroads and we must find solutions that work for both “women in need” and “innocents that can’t speak for themselves.” “We’ve found ourselves, yet again, at a moral and fundamental
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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not think additional U.S. troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran, casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region. “I don’t think we’re going to need them. I really don’t,” Trump told reporters. “I would certainly send troops if we
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The United States is a global power with global interests and global responsibilities. America needs a strategy to match. In particular, the government must safeguard the nation’s three top vital interests—defense of the homeland, stability in critical regions, and preservation of the right of states to feely transit the global commons. All three goals are
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For years, Congress has been sharply divided over a nuclear waste repository proposed for Yucca Mountain in Nevada.  However, an appropriations amendment offered by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho—considered by the House Appropriations Committee and narrowly rejected Tuesday—is a reasonable, unobjectionable compromise that the Senate should take up in ongoing budget decisions. The Simpson amendment neither
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So-called “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh has been released from prison after 17 years of his 20-year sentence because of good behavior. However, Lindh, who joined the Taliban in mid-2001, reportedly tried to spread Islamic radicalism while in prison. Also, multiple letters written by Lindh from prison expressed support for terror groups, including ISIS. Who
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President Donald Trump punched back Thursday against former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s claim that the president was not prepared for the summit last August with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. President Trump tweeted: “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a
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Senate Republicans used the so-called nuclear option April 3 to eliminate one of the Democrats’ tactics for slowing down the process for considering President Donald Trump’s nominees. In a column here at the time, I wrote that Republicans “need to seize this opportunity so that the government that Americans elected in 2016 can function as it should.”
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President Donald Trump ripped into Democrats again on Thursday, accusing them of becoming the “do nothing party.” His comments came in three morning tweets. Trump wrote: “The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress. All of their effort is about a Re-Do of the Mueller Report, which didn’t turn out the way they wanted. It
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Is President Donald Trump’s call for patriotic assimilation, which is a part of his immigration package, a step toward totalitarianism and fascism? These are the hyperbolic claims made in a contentious op-ed by Fabiola Santiago, a columnist at the Miami Herald. Santiago highlighted my own work in this field, citing a 2016 paper. While ordinarily I don’t react
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Russian President Vladimir Putin was better prepared than U.S. counterpart Donald Trump for the pair’s meeting in August, putting U.S. officials at a disadvantage, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during a secret meeting Tuesday, reports The Washington Post. “We spent a lot of time in the
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“Slightly Offens*ve” host Elijah Schaffer and Austen “Fleccas” Fletcher headed to a “Stop the Ban” pro-abortion rally in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday to talk to protesters about why they oppose the recently passed pro-life legislation in Alabama and Georgia. “Women are going to get abortions regardless. These rich white men are going to have
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The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has slashed the Pentagon’s reprogramming authority by 75% in the approved defense appropriations bill reported out on May 15. The subcommittee, led by Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., reduced the ability of the Defense Department to shift unused resources from lower to higher priorities within the department from $4 billion or about 0.5% of
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Introduction Denuclearization negotiations with North Korea are at an impasse. Kim Jong-un has been no more willing to abandon his country’s arsenal than his father and grandfather were. North Korea continues to depict “the root cause” of the nuclear impasse as the U.S. “hostile policy,” including the U.S.–South Korea alliance, U.S. forces stationed on the
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Venezuela is in the midst of a dire political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. Since January 10, 2019, on what was to be Nicolas Maduro’s re-inauguration day, Juan Guaido has been Venezuela’s interim president. More than 50 countries,REF including the United States, the majority of South America, and the European Union, now recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s
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The Trump administration does not want to go to war with Iran, but to protect U.S. troops and interests in the Middle East, Rep. Michael McCaul said Wednesday, basing his comments on talks he’s had with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. “I think that’s being overblown,” the Texas Republican
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The recent Time cover photo of Pete Buttigieg — Democratic presidential hopeful and mayor of South Bend, Indiana — with his husband Chasten is a sign of “heterosexuality without straight people,” according to a self-described “queer” essayist. Greta LaFleur, writing Monday for the Los Angeles Review of Books blog, added that “this photo is about
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