A Texas Republican congressman is facing allegations of sexual harassment from former staff member Lauren Greene. Rep. Blake Farenthold was accused of harassing a female staffer in a lawsuit filed last Friday. The suit claims that the congressman shared his "sexual fantasies" about Greene with other staffers and "regularly made comments designed to gauge whether [Greene] was interested in a sexual relationship." In February, Farenthold reportedly tried to entice Greene into a threesome with a female lobbyist. He told Greene that he is estranged from his wife and hasn't "had sex with her in years." The freshman congressman and Tea Party favorite was accused of sexual misconduct and of creating a hostile work environment. Through a spokesperson, Farenthold said he was confident he'd be cleared of all wrongdoing.
The two co-founders of the New England Compounding Center, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro, and 12 other former employees were arrested at their homes around the state early this morning.
Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a 2012 outbreak that killed 64 people. About 750 people in 20 states developed meningitis or other infections after receiving the contaminated steroids. Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana were the hardest-hit states.
Cadden and Glenn Adam Chin, a pharmacist who was in charge of NECC's sterile room, are charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company.
Both are accused in a federal indictment of "acting in wanton and willful disregard of the likelihood " that their actions would cause death or great bodily harm, officials said.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow called out retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) on Friday for standing in the way of a bill that would provide more resources for suicide prevention programs for veterans. "He's retiring after two terms in office," Maddow said of Coburn. "He's apparently decided that blocking the Clay Hunt suicide prevention bill for veterans is gonna be the last thing he does that anybody ever knows about." The bill, which passed in the House by a voice vote on Tuesday, is named after a 28-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who committed suicide three years ago, after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But Coburn, who has earned the nickname "Dr. No" for his willingness to block legislation, has imposed a parliamentary hold on the Hunt bill. "From what we understand, his objection is the cost," Hunt's mother, Susan Selke, told Maddow. "The cost is $22 million. In the scope of the federal budget, it is just so small."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) plans to kick off his presidential candidacy in January with a stadium-sized prayer rally in Baton Rouge. Right Wing Watch reported that materials being distributed ahead of the rally blame LGBT acceptance and legal abortion for natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the devastating tornado system that leveled the town of Joplin, Missouri. The prayer rally -- titled "The Response-Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis" -- is scheduled for Jan. 24 and is closely modeled on a similar rally that kicked off Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)'s 2012 bid for the presidency.
Members of a Tea Party rally outside the White House protesting President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration shouted offensive and racist comments, including one who yelled "Hang the lying Kenyan traitor!" Responses to the comment included "plenty of trees in the front yard -- wouldn't be the first one hung on one of them trees" and "we've got rope," and finally, "Don't snap his neck, you pull him up watch him choke to death." Right Wing Watch found a video that captured the comments.