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Dozens of Silicon Valley women come forward to detail ‘pervasive and ingrained’ sexual harassment

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A new report from the New York Times details the experiences of more than two dozen women who have been sexually harassed while seeking venture capital investment for their tech startups in California’s Silicon Valley — and the report reveals a “pervasive and ingrained” culture of misogyny.

Of the women that spoke to the Times about their harassers, ten named them — and the list includes Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital and Dave McClure of 500 Startups who the report concedes “did not dispute the accounts.”

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From the former Uber engineer who exposed a startling pattern of sexual harassment during her year-long tenure that led to their CEO’s resignation to the late June outing of venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck as a predator, the oftentimes extreme harassment women receive in the startup world has made headlines in 2017.

Sarah Kunst, a 31-year-old entrepreneur who told the Times about harassment from 500 Startups’ Dave McClure, detailed one of the more common patterns in the report — the investors will often make unwanted or inappropriate advances, and when they are spurned, will then retract their funding offers, leaving any avenues of accountability closed because the women are neither employees nor the recipients of investments.

Others, like interviewee Wendy Meyer, described worse scenarios. Meyer, who is Asian-American, was “kissed and groped” by Caldbeck after he put up funds for her fitness startup. Meyer said she felt like she “had to put up with it” because of her race and gender. After reaching out to her mentor who then alerted one of the firms run by Caldbeck, “little” about the situation changed.

Silicon Valley’s gender gap has long been acknowledged even by tech megagiants like Google and Facebook — but the reasons for the disparities taking place in the San Francisco Bay appear to extend far beyond simple discrimination.

According to data firm PitchBook, that disparity can be seen in the funds female entrepreneurs received from VC firms ($1.5 billion) versus their male counterparts ($58.2 billion). The experiences of the women who came forward in the Times report may”help explain why the venture capital and start-up ecosystem — which underpins the tech industry and has spawned companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon — has been so lopsided in terms of gender.”

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Everyone is baffled by Trump’s rambling rant about flushing toilets ’10 times, 15 times’

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Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.

Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

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Adam Schiff pushes Pence to declassify aide’s secret information — implying it might be embarrassing or illegal

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter on Friday to Vice President Mike Pence urging him to declassify the entirety of his Sept. 18 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky for use in the impeachment inquiry.

Though the vice president’s office, along with the rest of the administration, has stonewalled the impeachment inquiry’s requests for documents, Schiff’s committee obtained information about the Sept. 18 call through Jennifer Williams, a Pence aide who has already testified. Initially, Schiff explained, Williams testified about Pence’s call and did not assert that any part of it was classified. When she testified publicly, however, she said Pence’s office had since determined that the call was classified. She later sent the committee a “supplemental submission” after reviewing “materials” that refreshed her memory about the call — and it’s that supplemental submission that Schiff would like to see declassified.

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Photo surfaces showing Eric Trump in Ukraine as investigations into the Trump Org intensify: report

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Photographic evidence has surfaced of the President's second son in Ukraine as Congress and prosecutors continue their investigation into the White House and Trump Organization.

A photo was posted Friday by Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin.

Here’s a picture I found of Eric Trump in Ukraine. Eric Trump’s Ukrainian ties need to be investigated by Congress NOW. pic.twitter.com/PeZd5TkBI4

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 6, 2019

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