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Gloria Allred won’t rule out defamation suit: Trump accusers now facing ‘world’s most powerful man’

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Attorney Gloria Allred is still representing a number of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct during his campaign run, and she announced on Friday that her clients can sue the President-elect for defamation, according to the Guardian.

At a press conference on Friday, Allred said, “Now Mr. Trump has been elected President of the United States. He now has the opportunity to begin his term with a clean slate. I challenge him to seize this opportunity now, to retract his statement that these accusers are liars and that their allegations are fabrications and fiction.”

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Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who accused Trump of sexually harassing her appeared alongside Allred. “He now has the largest bully pulpit in the world, and he has not yet taken back his threat to sue me and the others who came forward,” Zervos said, visibly upset by the matter.

“I want to make it clear that even though it is hard and painful to speak up against the world’s most powerful man, I will continue to speak the truth and I refuse to be intimidated into silence,” she said.

Allred noted that at this time, her clients have not planned to sue the President-elect. However, if he continues to fabricate lies about the women, Allred said, “It is my recommendation that they consider filing a lawsuit against him for defamation.”

Zervos appeared afraid at that moment, grabbing Allred’s arm, emotional and shaken. She said, “What ever happened to a good old fashioned ‘I’m sorry’?”

After multiple women came forward accusing Trump of sexual assault and harassment in early October, Trump took to Twitter and referred to the women at multiple rallies as losers. He suggested they were seeking attention and called them liars. He also implied that two of them were not attractive enough for his attention.

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The President-elect has made a lot of terrible statements over the course of his campaign, and legal groups are ready to fight him moving forward if he attempts to deliver on many of his campaign promises.

A defamation lawsuit from Allred’s clients could likely have serious implications for Trump’s administration, especially given that he is already facing another legal battle later this month.

Watch the clip in full below.

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America’s millionaires just stopped paying into Social Security for the rest of 2020

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On Wednesday, not even two full months into 2020, millionaires will stop paying into Social Security for the year due to the program's payroll tax cap.

The cap limits annual wages subject to the Social Security payroll tax to the first $137,700. Sarah Rawlins, program associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), wrote Tuesday that the cap means "someone who makes $1,000,000 per year stops paying into the program on February 19, 2020."

"That makes a millionaire's effective tax rate well below the 6.2% of income that most Americans pay," Rawlins noted. "Instead, it is less than 1% of a millionaire's income. The Social Security tax is only levied on wages, excluding income from other sources like capital gains, meaning those with wages over the cap likely have an effective tax rate even lower than this estimate."

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DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’

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The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.

Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.

The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.

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‘She’s your damn senator’: Emerson College blasted for leaving Elizabeth Warren out of 2020 poll

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Emerson College was blasted for leaving their own senator out of head-to-head matchups in their latest nationwide poll.

The poll showed four candidates with double-digit support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) measured at 29%, former Vice President Joe Biden was at 22%, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg was at 14% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came in at 12%.

But the poll did not even test Warren in head-to-head matchups with Trump.

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