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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson attacks rape survivors for not reporting their rapes promptly enough

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On Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson laid into advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who made national news by alleging President Donald Trump forced himself on her in a department store in the 90s.

According to Carlson and his guest, The Diversity Delusion author Heather MacDonald, if her allegation is true, then Carroll herself is a danger to the public, for having not filed a police report.

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“I can’t get past a simple fact,” said Carlson. “Since rape is a real thing, it is an act of violence, and there’s actually quite a bit of it in the United States — some of it is downplayed by the way as you well know — I can’t get over the fact that people accuse rape 25 years or 20 years after the fact. If you are raped, which is a felony, don’t you have an obligation to the rest of our society to put that person behind bars, to protect the rest of your neighbors? Don’t you?”

“Yeah,” said MacDonald. “Carroll’s explanation of why she does not want to go forward with a police investigation is completely preposterous and just shows how deeply politicized this is.”

Rape is a massively underreported crime, but there are numerous reasons why survivors often don’t want to come forward immediately after the fact. Some of them fear retaliation by their attacker, who is often someone they know. Others are too traumatized to go through police questioning and trial, or even to acknowledge to themselves that the attack happened.

In Carroll’s case, a friend she confided in at the time reportedly told her that it was in her best interest to stay silent, saying, “Tell no one. Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He’ll bury you.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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