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Third woman alleges Herman Cain sexually harassed her

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A third woman considered filing a complaint against Herman Cain for aggressive and unwanted behavior while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association, according to the Associated Press.

The woman said Cain engaged in inappropriate behavior, including a private invitation to his corporate apartment, that made her feel uncomfortable around the same time two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against him.

She told the Associated Press that she did not file a formal complaint because she began to have less interaction with him and wished to remain anonymous because she feared losing her current job.

Politico reported on Sunday that when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association, a post he held from 1996 to 1999, two females employees had complained about his inappropriate behavior, including conversations allegedly filled with innuendo and sexually suggestive questions.

The allegations sparked a media frenzy that has engulf his campaign.

According to Politico’s sources, the women left the lobbying group after signing agreements that provided them with financial payouts but prohibited them from talking about the reasons for their departure. The sources described the agreements as an attempt to cover up the matter rather than dealing with it openly.

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According to The New York Times, one of the two women received a full years’ severance fee of $35,000 from the National Restaurant Association.

The other woman, upset over Cain’s comments since the scandal broke Sunday, is now seeking to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed while leaving the restaurant association, according to The Washington Post.

A Republican pollster and former National Restaurant Association employee on Wednesday morning told Oklahoma City’s KTOK radio station that he witnessed Cain’s alleged harassment of one of the former trade association employees in the late 1990s.

“This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City [Virginia], and everybody was aware of it,” he said. “It was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation, the fact she left — everybody knew with the campaign that this would eventually come up.”

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Cain acknowledged that allegations of sexual harassment were made against him, but denied being guilty of sexually harassment. He blamed the campaign of his rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for leaking the allegations of sexual harassment to the press.

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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2012

Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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Here are 10 women who wouldn’t be silenced in 2018

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It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

On several levels, the themes of 1992 have made repeat, and amplified, appearances this year. The #MeToo movement became fully realized with women reclaiming and reframing their stories, as President Donald Trump, himself accused many times of sexual predator behavior settled further into the White House. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, also accused of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court, and while Kavanaugh would go on to attain a seat on the highest court in the land, serial sexual predator and former beloved comedian Bill Cosby was sent to prison for the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand, only one of dozens of women who have spoken out against Cosby with credible accusations of assault.

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