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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A new accuser is alleging sexual assault in a lawsuit filed against former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), The Chicago Tribune reported.

The accuser, known in the lawsuit as "Richard Doe," reportedly claims that Hastert sodomized him in the 1970s. The victim was approximately 9 or 10 years old at the time, the Tribune adds.

The accuser is pursuing $50,000 in damages, charging negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery from the Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 and the former Speaker, according to the report.

The new lawsuit comes several years after a hush money case revealed allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert from his days working as a high school wrestling and football coach in Illinois.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) improperly accounted for Goldman Sachs loans he received during his 2012 Senate campaign. The FEC's finding, which was posted on its website, marked a rare moment of agreement between the agency's five commissioners. The commissioners voted unanimously that $1.1 million in loans to Cruz's 2012 Senate bid from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. should have been disclosed to voters. The loans first came to light during Cruz's GOP primary bid in last year's presidential election.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Daniel Gross, Slate: Donald Trump had some tough words for the Germans at the NATO summit in Belgium on Thursday. "The Germans are bad, very bad," he reportedly told Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Union. "Look at the millions of cars that they're selling in the USA. Horrible. We're gonna stop that." It is certainly true that Germany runs a big trade surplus with the world and with the United States. (Last year, the U.S. trade deficit with Germany was nearly $65 billion.) But Trump can't stop the German cars from coming in to the U.S. because, to a large degree, they're already here. read more


Monday, May 22, 2017

President Trump mixed up the wording of some of his speech in Saudi Arabia Sunday because he was "exhausted," a senior White House official said. "He's just an exhausted guy," the official told reporters on background, explaining why Trump didn't say "Islamist extremism" in his speech to leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority nations. Instead, Trump departed ever so slightly from his prepared remarks, saying "Islamic extremism" rather than "Islamist." He didn't use the word "radical." During the presidential campaign, Trump criticized President Obama and others for refusing to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recorded death threats received by Democratic Texas Congressman Al Green, who this week called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, are some of the vilest, most racist attacks you're likely to hear in a good while. (Or, maybe not.) And unsurprisingly, they come from Trump supporters.

Green played the recordings during a packed town hall in Houston on Saturday, where he had come to explain to constituents why he thinks impeaching Trump is imperative. He also wanted everyone to know just what he's been dealing with in the past couple of days.


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