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RNC finance chair paid $7.5 million to keep rape allegations secret: report

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Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul who now serves as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, paid out $7.5 million to ensure a woman whom he allegedly raped would keep quiet.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a manicurist at Wynn’s flagship casino in 2005 told one of her colleagues that Wynn had forced her to have sex with him.

“After she gave Mr. Wynn a manicure, she said, he pressured her to take her clothes off and told her to lie on the massage table he kept in his office suite,” The Journal’s sources claim. “The manicurist said she told Mr. Wynn she didn’t want to have sex and was married, but he persisted in his demands that she do so, and ultimately she did disrobe and they had sex.”

When the manicurist’s supervisor got wind of the allegations, she gave the casino’s human resources department a detail write up of what had happened. In response, Wynn eventually paid the manicurist a $7.5 million settlement, the Journal’s sources say.

The manicurist was not the only person who worked at one of Wynn’s casinos to accuse him of sexual misconduct either, as the Journal interviewed dozens of his current or former employees who “told of behavior that cumulatively would amount to a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” by Wynn that included “pressuring employees to perform sex acts.”

Wynn, whom President Donald Trump has in the past described as a “great friend,” became RNC finance chair shortly after Trump was elected president.

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George Conway annihilates Trump’s claim that Twitter censors him

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On Wednesday, following Trump's virtually incomprehensible rant on Fox Business about how Twitter is secretly stifling his content, conservative lawyer George Conway posted a scathing rebuke of his behavior:

https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1143868020424617989?s=21

George Conway, the husband of Trump's former campaign manager and counselor Kellyanne Conway, has been a frequent and vocal critic of the president's behavior.

Republicans have increasingly scapegoated an imagined political conspiracy of social media companies for every problem that they have online, claiming that there is a plot to censor or "shadow ban" conservative content.

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This is how Florida Republicans plan to hand the election to Trump in 2020

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In 2018, voters in Florida passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to ex-felons. The measure passed 65 to 35 percent.

Now, Florida Governor and major Trump ally Ron DeSantis is expected to blunt the impact of the measure by approving a bill that would require ex-felons to have paid off all fees connected to their sentence before voting. That means Donald Trump might get a major boost in 2020, reports the Daily Beast.

SB 7066 requires ex-felons to pay off all financial obligations from their sentencing or get them excused by a judge.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Please quit lecturing actual Democrats about how to win

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As I write this, we are just hours away from the first debate of the presidential primary season. It's hard to believe that four years have passed since the last round of primary debates. It feels like 40. But here we are, getting ready to embark on yet another presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump. Everyone on the planet has advice for the Democratic candidates about what they need to do to beat him. It may be the most annoying conversation in all of politics, and that's saying something.

The pundits are all dully blathering on about "lanes" again, extending the horse race metaphor to ridiculous lengths, as they did in the GOP primaries in 2016. So far they've declared the lanes to be "establishment," "insurgent," "youth," "black vote" and "working class." And yes, they are meaningless, since the person who wins the nomination will have to take up big parts of all these "lanes" and more. But it makes it easy for pundits and analysts to drone on endlessly about polling, despite the fact that there is very little chance this campaign will end up going the way they predict.

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