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Oregon Democrat swats down GOP colleague: ‘Women in the capitol do NOT want you to touch them’

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A Republican lawmaker in Oregon was stripped of legislative power and aggressively admonished for allegedly “groping” another legislator and then failing to grasp the criticism of his actions.

State Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) was stripped of all committee assignments, which under Oregon parliamentary rules, means Sen. Kruse will be unable to amend legislation.

Now KGW News has obtained a powerful letter that Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salen) sent to Sen. Kruse.

“This week I was made aware that your behavior toward women in the workplace has also gone unchanged,” Sen. President Courtney wrote. “You were instructed in March…that you were not to touch women at work. Period.”

“If somebody is stretching your comfort level, why wouldn’t you say something to them, rather than make a big political thing about it?” Sen. Kruse wondered on Monday. “I’m assuming at this point you cannot touch a woman on her shoulder, or you cannot whisper in her ear, or anything like that.”

“Continuing to touch women at work is inappropriate workplace conduct of which you have already been warned,” wrote Sen. Courtney. “Let me be very clear. Women in the Capitol do NOT want you to touch them.”

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Courtney also said that the door to Sen. Kruse’s office will be removed on Friday.

The entire scandal came to light after Oregon Republicans tried to tarnish Democrats for Harvey Weinstein’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct. When former Senate Republicans spokesman Jonathan Lockwood tried to link Democratic state Sen. Sara Gelser to Weinstein, she asked a question in response.

“Will you ensure no member of your caucus inappropriately touches or gropes female members and staff in the capitol?” Sen. Gelser asked the Republican operative.

It was Lockwood’s tweet which ultimately resulted in the Republican legislator being admonished.

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Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick recalls saying “get your hands off Sen. Gelser” when she saw Sen. Kruse with his hands wrapped around Sen. Gelser on the floor of the Senate.

Sen. Gelser claims the unwanted workplace touching has been going on for years. She has served in the legislature with Sen. Kruse for a dozen years.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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