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John Travolta has a Scientology ‘mafia’ that protects him from sexual assault accusations: report

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Over the years, multiple men have come forward accusing movie star John Travolta of unwanted sexual advances and assault. Travolta—who has been married to actress Kelly Preston for 27 years— is also rumored to be gay.

“We don’t really care that John Travolta is gay,” the late actress Carrie Fisher told Out magazine in 2009.

A new Daily Beast piece suggests that Travolta is shielded from the fallout of the rumors and accusations, in part because he and his wife are top-level Scientologists. The accusations have been “handled,” the Beast reports.

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At the same time, his rumored sexual orientation would be deeply problematic in the church, according to a former member.

“I cannot say if he is gay or not,” Mike Rinder, the former top spokesman for the Church of Scientology, told the Beast. “I’m not going to speculate. All I know is it would be a catastrophe if he or anyone else in Scientology came out as gay. You can’t. The church is anti-gay even if they don’t publicize it.”

Other former friends of the couple say Travolta leads a double life. Karen de la Carriere, a former top Scientology executive, told the magazine that Travolta is “a bad boy who likes risky sexual adventures” and that his wife is blinded to his sexual activities by Scientology doctrine.

“The church has a very intense indoctrination to prepare you for anything you might hear,” De la Carriere said. “It’s like a pre-emptive strike in case something uncomfortable comes up. Kelly’s been trained to not believe what she hears in the media. She’s been trained to think that these are evil people making things up.”

“He loves his family. He’s just got a dark side and he’s reckless,” another former Scientologist observed. “But he really has no reason to want to leave the church. People at his level never see the ugly side of the church. Plus he’s got OSA [Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs] as his own private Mafia if he gets into trouble.”

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Lev Parnas wants to testify — and attorney says ‘he has hard—HARD—first-hand evidence’

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One of Rudy Giuliani's indicted henchman wants to testify -- and his attorney says he's got "first-hand evidence."

Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman, and the Parnas has indicated that he wants to speak to congressional investigators.

"Lev grew up in Brooklyn, has no criminal record or Russian Mob ties, and is a proud American citizen," said his attorney Joseph Bondy. "He’s not afraid of #POTUS or polonium, hopes to testify under oath — unlike #RudyGiuliani — and to be subjected to cross-examination under penalties of perjury. #LetLevSpeak"

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‘Bootlicker’ Jim Jordan scorched by veteran Ohio journalist: ‘His life’s work is to besmirch everything America stands for’

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A veteran Cleveland newsman scalded Rep. Jim Jordan and the Ohio lawmakers who inflicted him on Congress with a partisan gerrymandering scheme.

Brent Larkin, editorial director of The Plain Dealer from 1991 until he retired in 2009, called his congressman the "second most contemptible human being in the entire U.S. government," and said Ohio Democrats were as much to blame for him as GOP legislators.

"When Ohio’s political and legislative leaders were drawing new congressional boundaries prior to the 2012 election, Democrats wanted a district that would protect U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge," Larkin wrote. "Republicans wanted districts that would elect the maximum number of GOP congressmen. And some people from both parties wanted a district that would likely lead to the defeat of longtime Cleveland Rep. Dennis Kucinich."

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The ultimate damning timeline: NBC reporter explains how the Trump-Ukraine scandal is a ‘simple story’

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Even though the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump may seem complicated, the story they tell is actually relatively straightforward.

NBC News reporter Mark Murray on Friday created a succinct timeline of events that he says "tells a simple a story" about what the president did that has him facing articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives.

First, says Murray, look at a New York Times report from this past May in which Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani admits that he is traveling to Ukraine to press for investigations that would be "very, very helpful to my client." These investigations included a probe of the work Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, did for Ukrainian company Burisma.

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