Two Current Members of Congress ‘Have Engaged in Sexual Harassment,’ Rep. Jackie Speier Says
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she knows of two current members of Congress who “have engaged in sexual harassment,” while another congresswoman, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) recounted a member who exposed himself to a female staffer.
The lawmakers spoke at a House Administration Committee hearing on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, and about pending legislation to require training for all members and their staffs, and whether further actions are necessary to establish uniform policies.
Some of the lawmakers cited the Harvey Weinstein scandal and how it has led to a number of women to come forward across Hollywood, media, and politics.
Speier last month shared her own story of harassment when she was working as a congressional staffer when a chief of staff made unwanted physical contact with her. She talked of the “rush of humiliation and anger.”
“Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long,” she said.
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The members were not named.
Twitter Is Un-Verifying Alt-Right Accounts
Laura Loomer, Richard Spencer, and Jason Kessler have all lost their blue check marks.
Madison Malone KircherNovember 15, 2017 6:26 pm
Last week Twitter “verified” Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who organized the rally in Charlottesville, giving his account a blue check mark meant to signify that the account actually belonged to the real Jason Kessler. And then Twitter promptly realized that was probably a bad idea. Soon after, the company announced it would be putting a temporary hold on verifying any new accounts going forward. “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance,” Twitter said. “We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it.” Today, the company seems to have waded into the other end of the verification problem pool … people it has already verified.
Alt-right journalist Laura Loomer lost her blue check mark this afternoon. “Twitter just emailed me to tell me they are removing my ‘verified badge’ because they claim my account ‘doesn’t comply with Twitter’s guidelines for verified accounts,’” Loomer tweeted. “Translation: I’m a conservative.” Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer’s accounts are now check-mark free, too. Baked Alaska, a.k.a., Tim Gionet was also permanently banned from Twitter on Wednesday.
Twitter says it’s “working on a new authentication and verification program” and the company is currently “conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines.” It also isn’t accepting any new submissions for people looking to get their accounts verified. On its website, Twitter lists a number of reasons an already verified account could lose its status. They include “intentionally misleading people on Twitter by changing one’s display name or bio,” “promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease,” and “inciting or engaging in harassment of others.
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/11/twit ... encer.html
Notorious far-right blogger Chuck Johnson may have provoked WikiLeaks' outreach to Donald Trump Jr.
http://www.businessinsider.com/wikileak ... on-2017-11
Full text: Al Franken apologizes for allegedly groping woman
By POLITICO STAFF 11/16/2017 11:20 AM EST
On Thursday, a Los Angeles radio anchor, Leeann Tweeden, posted a story accusing Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing and groping here. The senator later released the below apology.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it.”
Another round of planes leaving today on deployment. Some volunteers made these little bags for the troops & I just had to share! They call it their Military Family Survival Kit, but everyone can learn something from it! The men & women leaving today will miss birthdays, anniversaries, births of children & so much more. The troops & their families make huge sacrifices and we are forever grateful. God speed and see you when you come home!
Tweeden was born in Manassas, Virginia to Bill, a retired Air Force Chief Mechanic and Catherine. She is half Filipino on her mother's side. After graduating from Osbourn Park High School, in 1991, Tweeden moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in modeling.
In 1992, while working as a hostess at a Hooters restaurant (she was in their 1994 calendar) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she won first place in the Venus International Model Search. This break led to national exposure, including a regular role as a fitness model on the TV show Fitness Beach. Tweeden modeled for promotional work for Hooters, Venus International, Frederick's of Hollywood.
Tweeden was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2001 to 2007. In 2008, Tweeden became the third hostess of the NBC late night television series Poker After Dark. She has also appeared on the political discussion series Hannity, as a member of the "Great American Panel" and occasionally appeared on the panel of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.
Tweeden was seen doing Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pre- and post-game coverage on Fox Sports West and is currently working on Fox Sports 1's UFC Tonight, with Kenny Florian and Ariel Helwani.
Tweeden is currently on the Los Angeles morning radio show "“McIntyre in the Morning” on KABC / 790 AM from 5 - 10AM as the news anchor. She joined the show on February 7, 2017
In 1996, Tweeden appeared non-nude in a fitness model pictorial for Playboy magazine. Fifteen years later, at 38 years old, she appeared again in the December, 2011 issue of Playboy, this time posing in a nude pictorial.
In 2002, she was a guest character in the motocross video game Freekstyle as a motocross rider.
The March 2007 Issue of FHM (which was the final printed US issue) featured Tweeden as the cover girl.
As part of Hooters' 25th anniversary in 2008, she was named among "The Top Hooters Girls of all time".
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