Ohio governor candidate boasts of sexual history with “approximately 50 very attractive females”

Amy Sancetta, Associated Press fileIn this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo, William O’Neill, an Ohio appeals court judge selected as the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives to represent Ohio’s 14th District, laughs during a campaign stop at the Democratic party headquarters in Mentor, Ohio. O’Neill, now an Ohio Supreme Court justice campaigning for the Democratic nomination to run for Ohio governor in 2018, volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, that he was taking a swipe at the “media frenzy” over sexual misconduct. The post was immediately attacked as inappropriate and led to calls for his ouster. An Ohio Supreme Court… Read More

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New accusations emerge about Rep. Paul Rosenthal following sexual harassment complaint

Courtesy of Paul RosenthalRep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver Eight months ago, toward the end of the legislative session, a Democratic policy aide reported concerns about harassment from Colorado state Rep. Paul Rosenthal to the House speaker’s office. The issue never rose to a formal complaint, but the Denver Democratic lawmaker later apologized and received materials counseling him about the General Assembly’s workplace harassment policy. The new details, described in interviews and confirmed by another Democratic lawmaker, raise more questions about Rosenthal’s behavior amid a legislative investigation of a separate incident, one in which he allegedly groped and made unwanted advances toward another gay man at a 2012 political event when he… Read More

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Rep. Gianforte’s police account of assault on reporter appears to contradict later apology

By Ellie Silverman | Washington Post In newly released documents, Greg Gianforte, then the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election, told police that a reporter from the Guardian had grabbed his wrist during a physical altercation at his campaign headquarters in May. Related Articles Al Franken apologizes: ‘I feel disgusted with myself’ Election officials look to place new rules on Facebook, Google ads Three California Republicans vote against House tax plan Two more women accuse Roy Moore of pursuing them Trump returns to GOP panic. Will he try to push Roy Moore out? His statements appear to contradict the apology he later issued, where he said the reporter Ben… Read More

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Trump threatening to shut Palestinians’ DC office

By Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal. Related Articles Analysis: As sex scandals fell the powerful: Why not Trump? Analysis: Selective outrage from Trump on Franken, Moore DHS official quits over comments about blacks, Muslims FCC repeals decades-old rules on media monopolies Kushner accused of withholding information on Russia links Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians ran afoul of… Read More

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Moscow meeting about Trump Tower meeting under scrutiny

By Desmond Butler, Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman. Related Articles Analysis: As sex scandals fell the powerful: Why not Trump? Analysis: Selective outrage from Trump on Franken, Moore DHS official quits over comments about blacks, Muslims FCC repeals decades-old rules on media monopolies Kushner accused of withholding information on Russia links The Moscow meeting in June, which has not been previously disclosed, is now under… Read More

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$44B storm aid requested, Puerto Rico mostly left out

By Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News The White House asked Congress for $44 billion in hurricane aid, including funds designated for Texas and Florida, while most of Puerto Rico’s needs would be addressed in a future request. Related Articles Puerto Rico seeks $94 billion in hurricane aid PG&E says someone else’s wires may have started deadly blaze California orders overall Oroville Dam safety review California wildfire insurance claims top $3.3B Myanmar attacks, sea voyage rob young father of everything By not addressing all of Puerto Rico’s request Friday, the White House move could diminish the chances that aid is supplied in a December funding bill. The White House said damage… Read More

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