Asia Argento Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser
Argento was one of the first and most vocal accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Asia Argento, the Italian actress who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, secretly paid off a young male actor accusing her of sexual misconduct in the months after her revelations about the disgraced movie mogul.
According to a report in The New York Times, Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000. Bennett claims that in 2013, a then 37-year-old Argento assaulted him in a California hotel only two months past his 17th birthday. The age of consent in California is 18.
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WSJ: Trump Set to Make Dramatic Changes to Military Leadership
President Donald Trump is preparing to make major changes to U.S. military leadership to reflect an emphasis on stealth operations, including switching out commanders across the Middle East and Europe, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Trump is expected to formally nominate Army Lt. Gen. Richard Clarke, a former officer who played a role in the raid to capture Osama bin Laden, to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command based in Tampa, Fla., in the coming months. He would succeed Army Gen. Tony Thomas, who is retiring next year.
The Special Operations Command oversees the specialized forces of all military branches.
Leak of White House counsel's cooperation shows Mueller's team 'panicking,' Giuliani says
Trump had 'no problem' with White House counsel's testimony
Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani refuted speculation Sunday that White House counsel Donald McGahn had flipped on President Trump, accusing “desperate” investigators of leaking information about the attorney’s cooperation with the special counsel in order to lure the president into a perjury trap.
“They’re down to desperation time,” Mr. Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They have to write a report, and they don’t have a single bit of evidence.”
The New York Times, citing multiple unidentified sources, reported Saturday that Mr. McGahn had spent 30 hours over three days answering questions as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
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James Clapper criticizes 'freight train' John Brennan for overheated anti-Trump rhetoric
President Trump recently called ex-CIA director John Brennan a “loudmouth,” and other intelligence officials wouldn’t necessarily disagree.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday criticized Mr. Brennan’s overheated rhetoric, specifically his description last month of Mr. Trump’s behavior at Helsinki as “nothing short of treasonous.”
“John and his rhetoric have become I think an issue in and of itself,” said Mr. Clapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Pope Francis on sex abuse: 'We showed no care for the little ones'
Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the “crime” of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.
Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the self-referential clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.
“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” Francis wrote.
Gretchen Carlson Denies Claim She "Silenced" and Bullied Miss America
Carlson wrote that she was "surprised and saddened" by Cara Mund's accusations, which have cost the organization $75,000 in scholarships, and she is "concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown."
Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who now serves as chairwoman of the organization's board of directors, on Sunday responded to claims by current Miss America Cara Mund that she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership, including Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper.
In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Mund said she decided to speak out despite the risk of punishment.
Ellison's political future 'on the ropes' after ex-girlfriend's claims of abuse
Rep. Keith Ellison’s political future is “on the ropes” following allegations of domestic abuse that have cast a pall over the congressman’s bid to become Minnesota’s next attorney general and made some Democrats skittish about getting too close to him in public.
A couple of liberal organizations have called on Mr. Ellison, who is stepping down from his House seat to run for attorney general, to pull the plug on his campaign. Others that were excited about his candidacy have gone quiet.
“Keith Ellison is on the ropes,” said Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Ellison’s ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan and her son accuse him of physical and verbal abuse — and claim it was caught on tape.
White House rejects Turkey's offer on detained pastor
The White House rejected Turkey's offer to release detained American pastor Andrew Brunson in exchange for the U.S. dropping an investigation into Turkish bank Halkbank, a senior White House official told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
Ankara offered to drop terrorism charges against Brunson if the U.S. pulled back the billions of dollars in fines it has brought against Halkbank. The U.S. reportedly declined the offer, setting in motion the possibility of further retaliatory measures against Turkey.
"A real NATO ally wouldn't have arrested Brunson in the first place," the source told the Journal.
The Trump administration has turned Brunson's detention into a rallying call among Christian conservatives, particularly Evangelicals, and the president has feuded with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly over the American pastor. The U.S. has called the charges against him baseless.
Providing better deals for health coverage
More than a dozen state attorneys general just sued the Department of Labor over a new rule that makes it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to form “association health plans.” AHPs enable these firms and sole proprietors to band together to negotiate with insurers for better deals for health coverage.
The attorneys general claim the rule violates consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act. But the opposite is true — the rule will work to the great benefit of consumers.
Since Obamacare’s many rules took full effect in 2014, the cost of insurance for small firms and self-employed people has skyrocketed. AHPs will grant them access to the affordable, high-quality health plans they want and deserve.
More double-talk from the left
Recent news proves beyond any doubt that most of our nation’s leaders have lost any ability to think clearly and consistently. It also exposes the Big Lie — the fact that members of the elite class really never believed any of their previous posturing about human rights, personal freedom and the dignity of every human being. Their call for diversity and inclusion was simply sleight-of-hand.
It’s now quite obvious that their chants for equality and justice, for openness and tolerance, and their claims of being the party of “every man” and the champions of the Great Society, were clearly nothing but a ruse. With every news cycle it appears that those so proud of their progressive wisdom never really meant any of this and, even more telling: It is increasingly clear that they don’t even care that we know it.
Consider just a few headlines:
Rep. Maxine Waters persists in encouraging politically liberal restaurant owners to refuse to provide service and food to conservative patrons while at the same time the entire leadership of Ms. Waters’ party doubles down on its demands that all conservatives should be required, by law, to provide food and service (i.e. bake a cake) for any non-conservative who aligns himself with Ms. Waters’ politics and party.