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CNN’s Don Lemon slams Scottie Nell Hughes: ‘That is insulting as a survivor of sexual abuse’

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In a discussion between CNN pundits Scottie Nell Hughes and Margaret Hoover, host Don Lemon discussed the reasons that many women don’t come out about sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Lemon interviewed Linda Ross, a friend of Jessica Leeds, who alleged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump groped her on an airplane many years ago. Leeds told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday evening that she didn’t come forward because it wasn’t something that women did back then and that Trump was too powerful. Ross confirmed Leeds’ story and said that she urged Leeds to come forward as the two watched the debates together and Trump denied ever groping a woman.

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The Trump campaign continues to deny any of these allegations are accurate.

Hoover and Hughes duked it out over opposition research and talked about candidates knowing what might come up about themselves. However, Lemon asked Hughes if her urgency to “find the facts” and “innocent before proven guilty” would still be valid in the case of Bill Cosby’s accusers.

Hughes insisted that there was real proof in those cases and that Cosby didn’t come out right before his election for the presidency.

“The difference in Bill Cosby and Donald Trump is there’s actual evidence that that happened with those women and it was not in a time period just 26 days before an election against somebody else,” she said. “That’s what make this is very questionable and there are holes in some of these women’s arguments but the whole point, Don, we’ve spent all day, we spent this entire show on what really is the main issues we need to be focusing on.”

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That’s when Lemon dropped an emotionally intimate bombshell that Hughes never could have seen coming. “That is insulting as someone who is a survivor of sexual abuse, and a product of a single mother, a product of sisters and aunts who looked after me,” Lemon said. “I would say this is a very important issue in American.”

Watch the exchange below:

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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