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Sexual harassment allegations against Blake Farenthold to be investigated by House Ethics Committee

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The Congressional Ethics Committee has announced that it is opening an investigation into Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) after it was revealed he agreed to a settlement for accusations of sexual harassment by a former aide.

As Politico reported Thursday, new evidence has been discovered from a 2015 incident. The female aide, “received an $84,000, taxpayer-funded settlement after she sued Farenthold in Dec. 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.”

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The news comes just as Rep. John Conyers (D-NY) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) announced they would be resigning from office amid revelations that sexual harassment suits were settled. When a member resigns the investigation by the Ethics Committee stops because they’re no longer an elected official. Rather than go through that public examination of Franks’ actions, he resigned.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced he would also resign Thursday, though in his speech he proclaimed that he would be found innocent in the investigation.


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Here is how the 99% can force the 1% to defeat COVID-19

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The government's response to the pandemic has further enriched the wealthy, while everyday people, especially Black and Brown workers, face sickness, death, and destitution. Government handouts to the rich are unsurprising, since they repeat the century-old pattern of "rescue packages", but another pattern is more perplexing: why have business leaders not stepped up to demand a robust public health response, which would ultimately be in their own self-interest? The titans of industry have mostly stood by in the face of Trump's criminal negligence, which has devastated much of the 99% but also endangers the wealthy.

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Trump Organization planning ‘high-end’ retirement community — with 225 properties — on foreign soil: report

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The Trump Organization is planning a massive real estate development, according to a new report by Martyn McLaughlin in The Scotsman.

"In what would be one of the most ambitious and expensive foreign projects undertaken by Donald Trump’s family business since he assumed the presidency, his company has commissioned a detailed masterplan to develop as many as 225 properties, as well as leisure facilities and shops, on an expanse of rolling farmland adjacent to Turnberry’s lauded Ailsa course, a four-time host of golf’s Open Championship," the Scottish newspaper reported.

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WATCH: Video shows how Trump makes his caddie hang on to the back of the golf cart

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic catastrophe, the leader of the free world spent the weekend golfing at his private, for-profit golf course in Virginia.

For the second day in a row, Donald Trump's presidential motorcade traveled to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

"Today marks the president’s 86th day trip to Sterling," reported HuffPost correspondent S.V. Dáte, who was the White House pool reporter for print covering the day's events.

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