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Trump accusers & Lisa Bloom

December 15, 2017

The Hill newspaper has uncovered documents, emails and text messages showing that lawyer Lisa Bloom (daughter of Gloria Allred) sought to arrange donor cash for women willing to make public sexual harassment allegations against Donald Trump.  The deals also included offers of paying off one woman’s mortgage, a six-figure payment for another, and an offer to sell the alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in exchange for a commission. 

Bloom acknowledged the documents were real, but claimed she wasn’t trying to pressure or entice women to make false claims, just to help them move or hire security if they felt unsafe.  Also, the commission deal is just a standard thing lawyers do to help cover office expenses.

Maybe you don’t buy that and suspect you smell a rat, perhaps a politically-motivated one chasing an ambulance.  Or maybe you started to get that feeling in the first paragraph, when I mentioned Gloria Allred.  But if you want to read all the details, they’re at the link.  One very interesting quote is saved for the second to last paragraph.

 

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Net Neutrality is history

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The FCC voted along party lines to roll back “net neutrality,” the set of Internet regulations imposed under Obama that requires service providers to treat all traffic equally without slowing or blocking content, and not providing faster lanes for sites that are willing to pay more.

Roy Moore loses

December 13, 2017

Republicans in Alabama voted their consciences yesterday, and the result is that, for the first time in 25 years, Alabama has a Democrat in a Republican Senate seat that should have been the safest safe space this side of UC-Berkeley.