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Lawyer who helped Hulk Hogan bankrupt Gawker files lawsuit targeting Jezebel

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Attorney Charles J. Harder used a lawsuit by professional wrestler Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea and billionaire Peter Thiel’s money to bankrupt and ultimately take down Gawker.com and has now filed a suit against feminist blog Jezebel.

The New York Post reported Thursday that Harder has aligned with plaintiff Greg Scherick and filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Jezebel writer Anna Merlan and former editor-in-chief Emma Carmichael over a May, 2016 blog post about Scherick’s controversial “group therapy” program Superstar Machine.

Former members of Superstar Machine allege that Scherick is a manipulative predator and that his group is a “cult that preys on its members’ insecurities, exploits them financially, and isolates them.”

The women told Jezebel that Scherick told them that they will only reach fulfillment when they learn to “serve the masculine” and that he “cultivated a group of women who served as his seconds-in-command, and whose role is to praise him, back up his decisions, and remind everyone coming into the group that they needed to give him ‘a good experience.’”

According to the Jezebel feature, Scherick was disrespectful of women’s personal boundaries, pressuring them to engage in anal sex and telling them their power as women was reflected by the strength and duration of their orgasms.

Now Scherick claims that the article was defamatory and has harmed his reputation and cost him group members. Superstar Machine, he said, is “not a cult by any stretch of the imagination.”

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The complaint filed by Harder said, “Among other things, there is no religious component to the group. It encourages its members to become stronger individuals through certain guidance and advice. It does not attempt to instill Mr. Scherick’s opinions on its members nor does it use rewards or punishments to force members to act in a certain manner.”

Harder represented Bollea against Gawker, winning a $140 million judgment, effectively silencing the blog and forcing it into bankruptcy. Bollea sued the blog for publishing a private sex tape.

Jezebel is a former Gawker property and is currently owned by Gizmodo Media Group.

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Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report

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As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.

As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

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‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

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According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

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