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Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trumpduring the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, will drop out of US House race

Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006

Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide after sexual assault accusations emerge, officials say

A state representative in Kentucky shot and killed himself Wednesday evening, officials said — just days after a report emerged in which a woman said he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Rep. Dan Johnson, a preacher and a Republican, shot himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, southeast of Louisville, Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell told WDRB. His body turned up on a riverbank near the bridge and the weapon reportedly was found at the scene. He was 57.

Tom Carper Admitted to Hitting His Wife in 1998 Interview

Delaware senator Tom Carper admitted to slapping his wife in a 1998 interview with a veteran political journalist in the state, confirming an accusation he denied when first running for Congress.

Carper represented Delaware first in the House, then was elected governor in 1993, and has been in the Senate since 2001. He fought the accusation that he hit his wife when it first emerged during his 1982 run for Congress, saying it was “without basis in fact” and

Ethics committee launches sexual harassment probe into Rep. Kihuen

Dec. 15 (UPI) — The House Ethics Committee on Friday launched an investigation looking into sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Ruben Kihuen.

Kihuen, a Nevada Democrat, denies the allegations and is rejecting calls to resign. He is accused of harassing a campaign aide during his 2016 campaign.

Six Mormon families suing LDS church over alleged cover up of child sexual abuse

Six families are suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah and West Virginia for knowingly allowing an individual with a history of sexual abuse near children, our affiliate KUTV reports.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Berkeley County, West Virginia, Mormon officials knew Michael Jensen was a convicted child molester – yet still recommended him as a babysitter to families and encouraged members of the church with children to board him in their homes.

Hackers demand ransom for California voter database

Hackers have deleted a database of potential California voters with more than 19 million entries, demanding around $3500 to restore it.

Researchers at the security firm MacKeeper’s Kromtech research group first noticed the issue, but have not been able to identify the database’s owner to notify them.

“We decided to go public to let everyone who was affected know,” said Bob Diachenko, head of communications for Kromtech.

Man spiked girlfriend’s drink with abortion pills to kill unborn baby, woman claims

A man’s on-and-off girlfriend said he spiked her drink earlier this year with a high dosage of abortion pills, killing their unborn baby.

Sikander Imran was accused of spiking his sometimes girlfriend's drink with abortion pills.

Sikander Imran was accused of spiking his sometimes girlfriend’s drink with abortion pills. (Arlington County Sheriff’s Office)

Brooke Fiske told WROC that Sikander Imran, a 32-year-old doctor, moved from Rochester, N.Y., to Arlington, Va., when she discovered she was pregnant.

“He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion, which I didn’t want to do,” Fiske told WROC.

Economy on track for longest expansion ever

Forecasters are increasingly optimistic the U.S. economic expansion could continue beyond the 2020 presidential election, aided by Republican tax legislation that is expected to lift growth over the next several years.

Purdue Professor Argues Tough College Courses Reinforce White Privilege

The head of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, Donna Riley, argued in a recently published academic journal article tough engineering courses only serves to uphold “white male heterosexual privilege.”

Jury rules for Arpaio in lawsuit by senator’s son, ex-wife

An Arizona jury has refused to award damages against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a civil trial for bringing a since-dismissed criminal case against one of Sen. Jeff Flake’s sons in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs.

Jurors late Thursday ruled against Austin Flake and his then-wife Logan Brown in their malicious-prosecution lawsuit stemming from Arpaio’s investigation into the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by Flake’s in-laws.

Texas teacher, 31, accused of sex with boy high school student she met in church

A teacher in Texas was arrested Tuesday following an alleged sexual relationship with a minor she reportedly met while volunteering at a church.

Convicted child sex offender dresses as Santa Claus, gets probation

A registered child sex offender caught wearing a Santa Claus suit at a holiday party in Illinois last year may not have to spend a day behind bars after he pleaded guilty and received probation.

Taylor Blaul, a convicted child sex offender,

Taylor Blaul, a convicted child sex offender, received probation for dressing as Santa Claus at a holiday party last year. (Woodstock Police Department)

Taylor Blaul, 33, of Crystal Lake, pleaded guilty to attending the holiday event in October, the Chicago Tribune reported. On Wednesday, Blaul was sentenced to probation and 60 days in jail but he won’t have to serve unless he violates his probation.

Police: Uber driver arrested for rape of 16-year-old girl

 – Investigators in Gwinnett County said they have arrested a 58-year-old Uber driver after police said he raped a 16-year-old girl, and are concerned the suspect may have preyed on more women.

Abdoulie Jagne, of College Park, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail Thursday afternoon on a rape charge, but authorities said more charges could be coming.

58-year-old Uber driver Abdoulie Jagne,

58-year-old Uber driver Abdoulie Jagne, arrested raped a 16-year-old girl

Gwinnett County Police released information about Jagne in the hopes that more women who were possibly victimized could come forward.

Terrorism / Islam / War on Terror:

CAIR Criticizes Police Over New York Terror Attack

US Security Head Singles Out Brotherhood as ‘Grave Threat’

Declaring the ideology of radical Islam an obvious and “grave threat to all civilized people,” U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster singled out the Muslim Brotherhood and its brand of political Islam as a specific threat.

New Jersey Imam Prays for Death of Jews

A New Jersey imam was caught on tape delivering a fiery sermon exhorting Allah to kill the Jews.  ImamAymen Elkasaby delivered the sermon at Friday prayers on December 8 at the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

“So long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews,” he told the crowd, “this nation will be humiliated. As long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will be humiliated.”

“Allah, make us among your armies … Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque … Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth.”

Muslim Man Who Beheaded Woman At Food Plant Just Received Harsh, American Justice

On September 24, 2014, ISIS inspired Islamic convert Alton Nolen entered a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma. He took out a butcher knife and beheaded Colleen Hufford and critically stabbed Tracy Johnson. Both were employees at the factory. Nolen, who had been recently suspended from the plant, was a practicing Muslim who was obsessed with gruesome Islamic State beheading videos going viral at the time.

Nolen was shot and apprehended after his rampage.

Nolen was facing either the death penalty or life in prison without parole after a jury trial in Oklahoma.

A New York woman laundered bitcoin to aide Islamic State

A Long Island, New York woman is accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money overseas to help the Islamic State group, according to federal prosecutors.

Zoobia Shahnaz, a 27-year-old Pakistani-born resident of Brentwood, was being held without bail following her arraignment on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering, prosecutors said.

Deep State / Government Corruption / Russian Collusion:

FBI’s McCabe ‘has an Ohr problem,’ will not testify on Tuesday, source says

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was reportedly scheduled to testify behind closed doors in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, will instead meet next week due to a “scheduling error,” Department of Justice officials told Fox News.

McCabe’s testimony was likely to, at least in part, focus on Peter Strzok’s role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Strzok is a former deputy to the assistant director at the FBI who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff after Mueller learned Strzok had exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague.

Reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ to media’s handling of the Russia story. CNN gets crucial detail wrong in Donald Trump Jr. story

‘F TRUMP’: Texts between ex-Mueller team members emerge, calling Trump ‘loathsome human,’ ‘an idiot’

Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in 2016 that were obtained by Fox News on Tuesday refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a “loathsome human” and “an idiot.”

More than 10,000 texts between Strzok and Page were being reviewed by the Justice Department after Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe after it was revealed that some of them contained anti-Trump content.

LIMBAUGH: It’s The FBI That Was MEDDLING In The 2016 Election

Government / Politics:

Republicans finish tax bill, will release details later in day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and will release the details later on Friday, including plans for an expanded child tax credit aimed at winning the support of two wavering senators.

California’s War on Guns Broadens to a War on Ammunition Beginning January 1, 2018

FCC votes to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules

A California state lawmaker proposed statewide net neutrality laws

Bill banning Down syndrome abortions passes in Ohio, heads to Kasich’s desk

The GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will soon sign the measure into law.

Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the ban, which would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion if doctors know that it is being sought, “in whole or in part,” to avoid a Down syndrome pregnancy.

California’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Fourth “Least Productive” in 2016

There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s state and local government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. In this analysis, each element is measured relative to the national average and summed together to obtain an overall measure of workforce productivity. Based on this state and local government workforce productivity index, California has the fourth least productive state and local government workforce in the country.

How House members quietly sidestep harassment claims

Members of Congress and government watchdogs are questioning why a little-known House agency used taxpayer funds to investigate a sexual harassment complaint involving Rep. Blake Farenthold’s office last year, and then failed to make the results public.

The Office of House Employment Counsel operates under the auspices of the House clerk’s office and advises members on employment practices. It also facilitates investigations into employee complaints, a spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO. But what happens afterward is murky: The office appears to serve House members and their offices — not necessarily the employees — and makes no public accounting of its determinations or its expenditures.

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing 40 New Assistant United States Attorney Positions and Two New Violent Crime Task Forces

President Trump:

President Trump Signs H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Ingraham: The good news they’re not telling you

TRUMP TO MS-13: WE’RE THROWING YOU ‘HELL OUT OF COUNTRY’

President Trump vowed to throw “the savages of MS-13” the “hell out of the country” in a speech at the FBI Academy Friday.

“To any member of MS-13 listening,” Trump said, “I have a message for you: We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you, we will throw you the hell out of the country.”

“And somehow I like it better than jail,” he continued. “Jail we have to take care of them. Who the hell wants to take care of them?”

World News:

Man with knife shot at Amsterdam airport; suspect is known offender

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutchman wielding a knife was shot by military police on Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and taken into custody, an official said.

Haley says U.S. has evidence Iran is violating UN resolution

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, standing before military debris that she claimed to be of Iranian origin, offered Thursday what she presented as “indisputable” evidence of Iran’s UN resolution-violating actions in the Middle East.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speak in front recovered segments of an Iranian rocket

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speak in front recovered segments of an Iranian rocket during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. | Cliff Owen/AP

“The nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime’s conduct in other areas. Aid from Iran’s revolutionary guard to dangerous militias and terror groups is increasing,” Haley said at a press conference at Joint Base Andrews, where reporters were invited to inspect the evidence on display behind her.

Following Trump, These Countries Also May Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Many U.S. allies roundly criticized the Trump administration’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but America doesn’t stand alone on the white-hot issue.

“President Trump has planted the seeds of this long overdue shift,” @PastorJohnHagee says.

In fact, the Czech Republic appeared to jump at the opportunity to say that it already considered Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, to be the capital of the Jewish state.

Miss Israel: Iraqi contestant’s family forced to flee country over joint selfie

Photo taken with Israeli, along with bikini pose, led to death threats against Sarah Idan’s relatives in Baghdad, Israeli contestant Adar Gandelsman says.

Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman (left) and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan

Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman (left) and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan pose for a picture at the Miss Universe pageant. (Instagram)

Relatives of the Iraqi contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant were forced to flee the Middle Eastern country over photos with her Israeli counterpart and Miss Iraq’s modeling in a bikini, Miss Israel told Hadashot news Wednesday.

Canada halts plans to buy Boeing fighter jets in trade dispute

Dec. 13 (UPI) — Scrapping a $5.23 billion deal for new Boeing-made fighter jets, Canada announced amid a trade dispute with the company it will instead buy used jets elsewhere.

To replace its 30-year-old jets, Canada announced plans Tuesday to purchase older model F/A-18 fighter jets from Australia. The deal with Boeing would have provided for 18 new F/A-18 Super Hornet jets.

US fighter jets ‘head-butt’ Russian jets in Syria, US official says

A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian attack jets in Syria, an area off-limits to Russian jets based on a long-standing mutual agreement, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Thursday.

During the incident, both American F-22 jets fired flares after cutting across the front of the Russian jets, a tactic known as ‘head-butting,’ meant to send a strong warning to an opposing warplane.

Paedophile, 31, who went on holiday with girl, 15, and family after convincing them he was a teenager jailed

A paedophile who went on holiday with a 15-year-old girl and her family after fooling them into thinking he was a teenager has been jailed for six years.

Clinton Stothard, 31, groomed the girl on the internet and tricked her into thinking he was a 19-year-old before becoming her boyfriend.

Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for racy music video involving banana

An Egyptian female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after she was convicted of promoting debauchery for a racy music video that featured her provocatively eating a banana.

School bus hit by train in southern France, at least 4 students dead

Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar

Two Reuters reporters were arrested in Myanmar on Tuesday night for illegally having “secret police documents,” according to reports.

The U.S Embassy in Myanmar called their arrests “highly irregular” and said the two journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were initially invited to meet with police officials in Yangon, the country’s largest city.

U.S. top diplomat calls for release of two reporters arrested in Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the U.S. government has demanded the release of two Reuters reporters being held in Myanmar.

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison

Kim Jong Un vows more ‘quality’ nuclear weapons, honors rocket scientists

Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster the “quality” and “quantity” of North Korea’s crisis-causing nuke and missile stockpile and praised the scientists responsible for “faithfully and perfectly” constructing the Hermit Kingdom’s deadly arsenal.

Tillerson backtracks on offer of unconditional NKorea talks

America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s declaration before the U.N. Security Council marked a stunning reversal after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week. That overture was almost immediately rebutted by White House officials.

They left him half nude in the street’: Father of teenager ‘robbed by gang of African youths’

A 16-year-old boy who was allegedly robbed of his phone, watch and shirt by a gang of brawling youths on a beachside rampage in Melbourne has been left traumatised.

Locals and tourists were allegedly attacked by close to 200 youths of African appearance who were involved in the violence at St Kilda beach early on Thursday morning.

Gangs of hundreds of youths have gone on a beachside rampage,

Gangs of hundreds of youths have gone on a beachside rampage, brawling and robbing locals and tourists (pictured is one of the fights)

Police struggled to contain the fighting, overwhelmed by the huge numbers of teen thugs.

Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java island, deaths reported

A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian capital Thursday and other cities on the country’s most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people amid reports of collapsed buildings.

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java’s coastline after the quake struck just before midnight Friday. People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas.

 

Immigration:

Advocacy Group Launches Ads Slamming Chain Migration

An advocacy organization that favors a reduction in immigration began airing ads on Thursday, highlighting what it believes would be the impact an amnesty would have on migration to the United States.

Using a chalkboard, the ad explains how immigrants and new citizens become eligible to sponsor members of their extended families for immigration into the United States. It sets off “a potentially never-ending chain, all possible from just one amnesty for one person,” the ad by NumbersUSA states.

Illegal immigration returns to Obama-era levels along Southwest border

The number of illegal immigrants detained along the Southwest U.S. border has increased by double digits since October, according to newly-released data.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data shows 39,006 people were detained while attempting to cross the border in November, an increase of 12 percent from the previous month and more than double the number of arrests in March and April.

20 undocumented immigrants indicted

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The United States Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of twenty illegal immigrants for providing fraudulent identification to gain employment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says these people were employed by Expeditors International a freight based right here in Memphis.

ILLEGAL ALIEN ‘PORCH PIRATES’ CAUGHT IN STRING OF PACKAGE THEFTS

ILLEGAL ALIEN HAS BEEN RAPING LITTLE GIRLS FOR 10 YEARS IN NORTH CAROLINA

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC- On December 4, deputies with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Salvador Perez, 31, after an investigation revealed that the illegal alien had reportedly molested at least five girls beginning in 2007, to the present.

The victims age in range between 4 and 12 years of age.

ILLEGAL ALIEN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING FAMILY OF FIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Fox News) – An illegal immigrant from Vietnam faces life in prison after being convicted Monday in the 2012 hammer-killing of a family of five after losing money at a casino earlier in the evening.

Binh Thai Luc, who had a violent criminal history and was supposed to be deported in 2006, was found guilty in the murders of a family of Chinese immigrants. He was also found guilty of five counts of attempted robbery and two counts of burglary.

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