As Powerful Men Fall, Renewed Focus on Trump’s Many Accusers and His Disgusting Admission

by Jon Queally – “One man continues to defy America’s new moral norm: its President.” As the floodgates have certainly opened in positive ways over recent weeks in terms of women feeling more empowered and secure in speaking publicly about the men—often those in positions of power—who have sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years, the wave of revelations have also brought renewed focus on the previous and numerous accusations levied against the nation’s most powerful man: President Donald J. Trump. While an infamous recording released during last year’s campaign in which Trump openly talked about how he used his wealth and fame to prey on women, the shifting national conversation about sexual misconduct—and the “hypocritical” way in which Trump injected himself into that conversation this week—has led many to argue that the numerous women who have already publicly accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment should be given further and renewed hearing. Offering...

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Fox News Commentator says Weinstein Allegations Should Close the Company. What About Ailes?

by Emily Q. Hazzard – This is a risky idea for Fox News to explore: they’re under federal investigation for a related reason. Gregg Jarrett, Fox News anchor and commentator, wrote in a Friday column for the site that the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the steps the company took to settle with his accusers should result in the company closing. Gregg Jarrett  ✔@GreggJarrett My new column on Weinstein. Time to close the doors on the company! –Gregghttp://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/13/gregg-jarrett-weinsteins-illegal-contract-should-force-his-company-to-close.html … 4:37 PM – Oct 13, 2017 Gregg Jarrett: Weinstein’s illegal contract should force his company to close The Weinstein Company should immediately shut-down its operations and permanently close its doors. foxnews.com  “The Weinstein Company should immediately shut-down its operations and permanently close its doors,” he wrote. Jarrett’s claim hinges on Weinstein’s contract with The Weinstein Company, and what other employees at Weinstein’s company knew about the alleged abuse and whether management practice...

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Pope Involved in New Sex Abuse and Dirty War Cases per Argentine Press

by Betty Clermont – Recent Argentine articles reported the pope’s personal involvement in the sexual torture of children (one of the two UN committees the Pope Francis obstructed and ignored “found that the widespread sexual violence within the Catholic Church amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”) and his role in the aftermath of the Dirty War. His envoy heaped insult on top of injury after Pope Francis, informed of horrible sex abuse, did nothing and children suffered. On May 19, the priest sent by the pope to investigate the horrific sexual assaults in the Provolo Institute for the Deaf in Argentina, dismissed some cases because, he said, children can be “spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back.” On the same day, the pope’s representative stated he was refusing to cooperate with the civil court prosecuting the atrocities....

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The Grand Inquisitor for Bill Clinton’s Sinning is Mired in a Sexual Abuse Scandal

by Libby Shaw – I am writing this blog post because the host of NPR’s  Texas Standard is curious as to why the reprehensible scandal at Baylor University is slipping from the news cycle. Why?  The host of Texas Standard believes it is because Baylor wins.  When I first moved to Texas, years ago, a friend told me to be prepared. For churches and football loom Texas oversized large here.  If this is so, and it is, in certain parts of the state, I guess when there is a monumental disgrace that involves a religious institution and football  but also includes, God forbid, criminal acts such as rape, sexual assault, along with a hot dash of denial to boot, everyone wants the infamy to go away as quickly as possible.  No! It can’t be!  Not here!  We are a Christian school! We have an honor code!  Students don’t drink and they certainly do not have sex. Those sinful acts take place everywhere else but here. Not so....

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‘Spotlight’ Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting — and Democracy

by Michael Winship – Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys. I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that’s for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir). If you haven’t already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can...

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Hastert Victim’s Family Comes Forward

by LieparDestin – Good Morning America via Yahoo has the story told by an alleged victims sister. It is a tragic story that ends in the death of the victim and a sick Hastert who took it upon himself to show up at the funeral. In Steve Reinboldt’s 1970 high school yearbook, wrestling coach Dennis Hastert wrote that Steve was his “great, right hand man” as the student equipment manager of the Yorkville, Illinois wrestling team.But Steve was also a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Hastert, Steve’s sister said today in an interview with ABC News. The abuse is said to have lasted through Reinboldt’s 4 years in high school: Jolene said she asked her brother why he never told anyone. “And he just turned around and kind of looked at me and said, ‘Who is ever going to believe me?’” …Jolene said she believes the abuse ended...

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Here’s What We Know About the Denny Hastert Indictment So Far

by David Nir – Leading Off: WATN: Late Thursday evening, BuzzFeed broke the shocking news that federal prosecutors had indicted former Republican Speaker of the House Denny Hastert on charges that he had attempted to conceal almost $1 million in cash withdrawals from the IRS, then lied about it to the FBI. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the case so far: What exactly is Hastert accused of? According to the indictment, back in 2010, Hastert had agreed to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed “Individual A,” in order to “compensate for and conceal” Hastert’s unspecified “prior misconduct” against Individual A. In total, Hastert wound up giving $1.7 million to Individual A before the feds nabbed him. The indictment itself doesn’t offer any details about what that “prior misconduct” might have consisted of, but a report in the Los Angeles Times, citing nameless federal law enforcement officials, said Hastert had...

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Report: Hastert was Paying Man to Keep Quiet About Sexual Abuse Dating from Hastert’s Teaching Days

by David Nir – A new report in the New York Times fills in some important details about former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert’s shocking indictment: J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation into the payments.Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of Mr. Hastert on allegations that he made cash withdrawals designed to hide those payments and for lying to federal authorities about the purpose of the withdrawals. The man—who was not identified in court papers—told the F.B.I. that he had been touched by Mr. Hastert when Mr. Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach, the two people said on Friday. The people briefed on the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because...

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Texas Spent The Holiday Weekend Restricting Abortion Access For Teenage Abuse Victims

by JUDD LEGUM – Minors in Texas are required to obtain parental consent before getting an abortion. It is possible, however, for a small number of young women — less than 300 per year — to bypass this requirement through the court system. Under Texas law, judges can allow minors to obtain an abortion under limited circumstances, including situations where notifying a parent could “lead to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.” The judicial bypass is difficult to obtain because it was written by conservatives who oppose abortion rights. The Texas Senate spent Memorial Day further restricting abortion access for these teenage girls. The bill in question, HB 3994, removes the specific provision that allows for judicial bypass when “notifying their parents could lead to physical, sexual or emotional abuse.” The sponsor of the bill, Charles Perry, says abuse issues could be brought up under another section of the bypass statute...

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Mike Huckabee Makes Excuses For Duggar Family Hiding Years Of Sexual Abuse

by KAY STEIGER – Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a statement on Facebook Friday addressing the revelations that eldest son Josh Duggar admitted to sexually molesting “girls,” presumably his own sisters, as a teenager. The former Arkansas governor largely defended the actions of the family since the abuse and said he wanted to “affirm” support for the family. “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,’” Huckabee’s statement said. The Duggar family endorsed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2012 election, but have backed Huckabee for the Republican presidential nomination this time around. Huckabee continued, “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions...

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