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Trump’s labor pick squirms when asked if he’d fire ‘p*ssy grabber’ Donald for sexual harassment

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President-elect Donald Trump has been filling up his White House cabinet in recent weeks, announcing CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder as his labor secretary nominee on Thursday.

Puzder appeared on CNBC in October, following the Washington Post‘s release of video recordings of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. The tape was from 2005.

Specifically, he said he could “grab them by the p*ssy” and also get away with doing so because of his status. He also said of TV host Nancy O’Dell, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married.”

During Andrew Ross Sorkin’s CNBC segment, he asked Puzder about Trump’s statements, AlterNet reports. Sorkin asked, “How did you feel about his comments about women?”

“Well first of all, I’m not here to be a Donald Trump apologist,” Puzder said in the segment. “I think there are much more important issues than the personal deficiencies.”

“They’re hand in hand,” Sorkin cut in. “You can’t separate [Trump’s] values and whatever he — whatever you think he represents economically and what he has said.”

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Sorkin read Puzder’s own restaurant ethics policy to him, and asked him again about Trump’s comments. “Let me read this to you and I want you to tell me what you think of this,” he said. “This is your own ethics policy at your restaurant and so, I’m curious whether you get to keep your job under these circumstances.”

Sorkin continued:

You say that this is prohibited: Request for dates, sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, comments, actions, offensive jokes, slurs or other offensive verbal or physical behavior, or any similar conduct that creates, encourages, or permits an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment.

He then asked if any of Trump’s comments from the tapes would fall under these categories.

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“Well it depends upon whether they’re true,” Puzder started, before cutting himself off. He then deflected and turned the conversation to focus on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her corrupt, dishonest and power hungry.

He then referred to Trump as an alpha male, “Bill Clinton type candidate.” Trump repeatedly defended his “p*ssy grabbing” comments by suggesting that accusations against Bill Clinton were worse. Puzder compared the two “alpha males.”

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Retired admiral could pose serious threat if he decides to run against Iowa Republican: report

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On Wednesday, Iowa Starting Line reported that Ret. Adm. Michael Franken is in talks with state and national Democrats about challenging GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.

Franken, who has served as Deputy for Military Operations for AFRICOM, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy, hails from Sioux Center, a town in the deeply conservative northwest part of the state.

Ernst, who first gained national attention for her 2014 campaign ad about castrating hogs, is a reliable vote for President Donald Trump in the Senate, and the president's poor approval ratings in Iowa have left Democrats hopeful that they can defeat her.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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