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Andrea Tantaros issues lie detector challenge to Fox News — and the questions alone are damning

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Andrea Tantaros this week followed up her blistering sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News by issuing a lie detector challenge for network executives and former chairman Roger Ailes.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Tantaros accused Fox News of operating “like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.”

The network, however, has continued to claim that Tantaros trumped up charges of sexual harassment to gain leverage in contract negotiations.

On Monday, Tantaros’ lawyers called on Ailes and network executives to stand behind their defense by taking a lie detector test.

“ANDREA TANTAROS ISSUES A LIE DETECTOR CHALLENGE TO FOX NEWS,” lawyers for the former host announced in an email to media on Monday, according to BuzzFeed’s Kyle Blaine.

The letter stated that Tantaros would “submit to a lie detector test pursuant to which she will answer any and all questions chosen by Fox News about the truth of the allegations in her complaint.”

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In return, lawyers for Tantaros called on Ailes and Fox News employees to answer very specific questions.

Ailes would have to answer if he ever asked Tantaros to “turn around” for him, and other questions suggesting that he had tried to have her email account hacked.

Fox News co-president Bill Shine, who is running the network after Ailes was forced out over allegations from multiple female employees, would be forced to answer questions about whether Tantaros complained to him about sexual harassment and retaliation. Tantaros also wants Shine to say whether he knew that Fox News had tried to smear her on social media using so-called “sock puppet” accounts.

Questions for host Bill O’Reilly and network PR flack Irena Briganti hint that Tantaros and another employee had a “physical altercation.”

“An innocent person would jump at the chance for this kind of vindication,” lawyers for the former host wrote in the letter. “And if Ms. Tantaros were not telling the truth she would not risk offering this proposal.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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Trump campaign manager counting on Florida ‘Hispanic outreach’ as president trails in state poll

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In a deep dive into why Donald Trump is so focused on Florida as he begins his re-election campaign, Politico reports that polls show the president is behind in the must-win state and that his campaign manager believes he can salvage the state with multiple Hispanic outreach initiatives.

Noting that the president is kicking off his bid to hang onto the Oval Office in Orlando on Tuesday night, the report states that those close to Trump claim he has an obsession with the state.

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