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Hasselbeck: Muppets were ‘non-consensual participants’ in steamy Rielle photo

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Rielle Hunter, John Edwards’ former mistress, is upset over the sexy photos she posed for, recently published by GQ magazine — but nobody bothered to ask how her fellow models felt about the recent overexposure.

Thankfully, there’s The View co-host Elizabeth Hasslebeck, championing the cause of innocent-yet-fictional characters.

In one particular image shot by photographer Mark Seliger, Rielly poses sans pants with a unicorn, Dora the Explorer, Kermit the Frog and Barney the purple dinosaur.

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All of them, “non-consensual participants,” according to Hasselbeck, who made the comment during a March 15 broadcast on ABC.

“If you’re gonna involve Kermit, Barney and Dora, put your pants on, okay?” she said. “I mean, aside from the story being disgusting, don’t bring them into … These are non-consensual participants in this. It’s borderline perverse.”

“She thought [the photos] were repulsive,” said View host Barbara Walters.

Fellow View co-host Whoopie Goldberg didn’t quite understand what Hunter is so upset about.

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“This interview was done for GQ magazine, and GQ is a sexy magazine for men,” she said. “It does not seem to me that it should be as surprising. […] It’s GQ, so I’m not quite buying it.”

Walters noted that Hunter was not paid for the GQ interview or the photos.

This video is from ABC’s The View, broadcast March 15, 2010.

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In an usual statement, the Justice Department on Sunday sought to distance itself from Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.

This article was originally published at Salon

The law enforcement agency claimed that Brian Benczkowski, the head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, and other officials would not have taken a meeting with Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, several weeks ago had it known federal prosecutors in New York were investigating two of his business associates.

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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw

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The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.

The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.

“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.

The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.

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Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.

“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.

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