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Rose McGowan reportedly reached a $100,000 settlement with Harvey Weinstein in 1997

This is infuriating:

NEW YORK (AP) — After a suspension earlier in the day from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully re-emerged Thursday, stating more frankly what she has long suggested: “HW raped me.”

“HW” was apparently in reference to Harvey Weinstein, the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chairman.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister said Thursday.

McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a “studio head.” The New Yorker expose that ran Tuesday reported that Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted three women, though the third woman was unnamed. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which shares a records system with Park City Police, had no reports or calls involving Weinstein or McGowan in the past 30 years, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Andrew Wright said.

The Times reported Weinstein’s settlement with McGowan included provisions about speaking about the case in the future.

But McGowan appeared emboldened Thursday to describe more outright her past experience with Weinstein. Shortly before a series a tweets addressed to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan tweeted a woman warrior picture with a “Rosearmy” hashtag and stated “It’s on.”

“I told the head of your studio that HW raped me,” said McGowan in tweets directed to Bezos. “Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

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Trumpcare executive order bound to bring higher premiums and lawsuits

Steve Bannon warned Trump about the 25th Amendment, and Trump didn’t know what it was

I don’t think we talk enough about what a complete idiot Donald Trump is. There’s lots of focus these days on his “moods,” his temper, his insanity. But there’s also the totally ignorant, stupid, numbskull part, too. Take this executive order he is signing today to “end the nightmare known as Obamacare.” The fact that it… Continue Reading →

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Scratch a Christian wingnut

RNS COMMANDMENT JUDGE

Find another grifter!

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a “regular salary” from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden.

But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.

When the charity couldn’t afford the full amount, Moore in 2012 was given a promissory note for back pay eventually worth $540,000 or an equal stake of the charity’s most valuable asset, a historic building in Montgomery, Ala., mortgage records show. He holds that note even now, a charity official said.

A Washington Post review of public and internal charity documents found that errors and gaps in the group’s federal tax filings obscured until now the compensation paid to Moore, whose defeat last month of President Trump’s choice for Republican nominee in the Senate race will likely embolden far-right challengers to the party’s mainstream incumbents. Moore is the front-runner in the race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The charity helped Moore thrive – financially and otherwise – after his ouster from the state’s Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse. The group has filed scores of legal briefs in cases involving conservative Christian issues, but it was in many ways built around Moore himself.

Even MOORE (get it?) at Wonkette.

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Red alert: Voting machines vulnerable to Russian attack

le Kremlin la nuit

This happened in Las Vegas, but the weaknesses in U.S. voting equipment uncovered during a summer hackathon are too important to stay there, experts say: They’re a matter of national security. A new report breaks down the lessons learned at DEFCON 25, which amounted to a concentrated attack—orchestrated in the name of public safety—on the programming… Continue Reading →

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Brookings report: Trump obstructed justice in Russia probe

The White House counsel reportedly almost resigned over concerns about Trump-Kushner meetings and the Russia probe

What would it take to impeach President Donald Trump? The evidence might be in the public record already. The Brookings Institution, a research group and public policy organization, charged in a paper published Tuesday that Trump obstructed justice when he got in the way of investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election by trying to… Continue Reading →

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Chilling

No Guns. No Hate. No More.
Go read this entire Jonathan Capeheart column:

The implications of using six targeted killings of law enforcement to issue a sweeping assessment of peaceful protesters are frightening to consider. “Individual acts do not a legitimate law enforcement categorization make,” a former justice department official told me. “White supremacists are historically and contemporaneously to be viewed as a law enforcement concern – they act as violent units. Young black people taking to the streets and having meetings is quite different.”

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