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Don Hazen resigns as publisher of progressive news site AlterNet

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AlterNet’s publisher, Don Hazen, resigned from the progressive news website on Friday after at least five women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the media executive.

The move follows an extensive report by BuzzFeed on harassment allegations against Hazen, which include inappropriately touching and sexualizing female staff members. According to the report, Hazen sent multiple women explicit messages, and in at least one case showed a reporter a lewd photograph.

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According to the report, Hazen singled out “the youngest, least experienced women — those with the fewest professional connections” for harassment.

The nonprofit Independent Media Institute, which owns AlterNet, placed Hazen on “indefinite leave, effective immediately.”

Hazen, who founded AlterNet in 1997, was formerly a publisher at the progressive magazine Mother Jones.

In a statement, Hazen told BuzzFeed he denies “most of [the] allegations.”

Editor’s note: The author of this article was a reporter at AlterNet in 2016. Raw Story handles advertising sales for AlterNet.

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Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’

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President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."

At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.

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Trump said he would give UN speech despite pandemic — but reversed course and won’t be attending

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US President Donald Trump will not attend next week's UN General Assembly gathering in person, his chief of staff told journalists aboard Air Force One Thursday, according to a pool report.

The decision marks an about-face for Trump, who last month said he wanted to deliver his speech in the General Assembly hall in New York, even if other world leaders are staying away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ended the debate once and for all, telling reporters en route to Wisconsin, where Trump was to hold a campaign rally, that the president would not physically attend the General Assembly's 75th session, which will take place mainly by videoconference due to the health crisis.

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Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin

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President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:

https://twitter.com/RSBNetwork/status/1306433275381116928

https://twitter.com/bad_takes/status/1306758848577966081

Trump is slurring and sounds tired pic.twitter.com/6MJLw2fpms

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