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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

The Daily Beast reports:

The pressure building on Ben Affleck over Harvey Weinstein’s Hollywood sexual predation scandal exploded this morning after the actress Hilarie Burton claimed she was groped by the actor during his appearance on TRL, which she was then hosting, back in 2003.

Burton’s allegation, made on Twitter, came just hours after Affleck issued a carefully worded statement condemning Weinstein’s alleged three decades of assault and harassment of actresses, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Affleck’s statement, which came after five days of studied silence, was quickly slammed by Rose McGowan, the actress who has been instrumental in exposing Weinstein.

Will virtuous Ben Affleck let survivors be believed?

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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

DHS explores ways to transform immigration system without Congress https://t.co/GZEdEBgkk9 pic.twitter.com/QQCUGWtsVe— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2017

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USA Today reports:The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to President Trump’s travel ban on majority-Muslim countries Tuesday because it has been replaced by a new version, sending the controversy back to the starting block. The ruling is a vict…

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[5 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

NJ reports:

After “strong concerns” were raised over the choice for its fall play, Hillsborough High School decided to drop a planned production of “And Then There Were None,” replacing it with “Almost, Maine.”

“And Then There Were None” is based on an Agatha Christie book that, in its original printing in England in 1939, was named after a famous British song, “Ten Little N*****s.” The book title was renamed “And Then There Were None” when it was published in the United States in 1940.

In a letter sent to parents, District Supervisor of Visual/Performing Arts & Related Areas Michael Callahan wrote the original title contained words that “certainly do not embrace the ideals of the ‘hate has no home here’ signs” displayed in the school.

No, this isn’t a piece from The Onion….

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[5 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

The L.A. Times reports:

Interior Department manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas.

But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as director of policy analysis, he was deposited into a new job auditing fossil fuel company leases.

Approximately 50 such slips went out to the department’s most experienced and highly paid managers. Other recipients interviewed were just as puzzled as Clement. It seemed to them that they were getting moved for the sake of getting moved — often to jobs unrelated to their skills. On Wednesday, Clement joined those who have quit in frustration.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke may have shed some light on his thinking last week when he told a petroleum industry group that he believes nearly a third of his workforce is disloyal to the Trump agenda. “I got 30% of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag,” he said, in a remark first reported by the Associated Press.

Aw…