By Emma Farge GENEVA (Reuters) - A policy adviser who filed a sexual assault complaint and was later fired by the U.N. agency fighting AIDS has lost an appeal against her dismissal for misconduct and been refused a copy of an investigation into her alleged assault, documents show. Martina Brostrom, 41, from Sweden, was fired for sexual and financial misconduct in December 2019. She denies the charges and says her dismissal was in retaliation for reporting a sexual assault by a senior official at UNAIDS. In response to her appeal, the Global Board of Appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO...
'This is not going well for Bannon': MSNBC legal analyst says Trump ally on track for stinging defeat
Former Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained that Trump ally Steve Bannon is going to be highly unsuccessful in his efforts to beat criminal contempt charges.
In a Sunday filing by the Justice Department, prosecutors said Bannon's attorney, Evan Corcoran, refused their attempts to negotiate on some kind of agreement. According to the 10-page filing, the prosecutors alleged Bannon's lawyers were using their filing as a press release instead of a legal filing.
"The prosecutors called Steve Bannon's filing frivolous, so Bannon claimed that he wanted to make certain documents public and the Justice Department wasn't letting him," said Katyal. "And the Justice Department's response today was to call it frivolous and basically say, 'Oh, no, you didn't!' They point out that Bannon never even asked the Justice Department to try and make these documents public, and so this dispute is not going to go well for Bannon. Judges don't like it when parties can't work out stuff among themselves... and that's particularly true here, given Bannon's specific claim."
At its heart, Katyal said that Bannon is complaining that he can't publicly discuss certain documents.
"I have a very easy suggestion for him if he's worried about that: Testify," he continued. "This guy is afraid to go and tell the truth about what happened under oath, and that's what all of these legal skirmishes are about. That's the part that's frivolous. So, I think he's going to lose these claims and it's going to embolden the House investigators."
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Right-wing radio network shrugs after Mike Lindell pulls his ads in latest election conspiracy tantrum
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Salem Radio Network, a company that hosts a number of right-wing and Christian talk radio hosts, is unfazed by MyPillow CEO and pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell's decision to cut them off from his advertising.
"After deciding to pull the plug on the ads Saturday night, Lindell, throughout his 96-hour Thanksgiving virtual event, repeatedly stated that Salem radio hosts had attempted to reach out to heal the business partnership," reported Zachary Petrizzo. "Sought for comment about the matter, Salem spokesperson Phil Boyce told The Daily Beast that he wasn't concerned about MyPillow no longer serving as an advertiser. 'No, we're not upset. He has the right if he wants to do that,' Boyce said, adding that he wasn't aware of any radio hosts attempting to contact the pillow tycoon to convince him to reverse his decision."
"Asked if Salem hopes Lindell reconsiders the decision, Boyce told The Daily Beast 'no,'" continued the report.
Lindell claimed in his "thanks-a-thon" that Salem had not done enough to tell people about why he was being "canceled," concluding, "With Salem, nobody gets to sell MyPillow products going forward. You are done selling MyPillow products!"
For his part, Lindell ended the "thanks-a-thon" in failure, without gaining the support he was hoping for on his "petition" to force the Supreme Court to "reinstate" Donald Trump as president. He had previously claimed the petition, which was lacking basic elements required of litigation, would be delivered by Thanksgiving.
Conservative writer Jim Swift, a alum of the Weekly Standard who now writes at The Bulwark, has written a comprehensive takedown of right-wing media outlets straight-up inventing a story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Over the last week, conservative outlets ranging from the Trump-aligned Big League Media to the more respectable Washington Examiner have pushed a story about Pelosi buying a $25 million mansion in Florida, despite the fact that there's no evidence she's done so.
"The lib-owning idea went something like this: Nancy Pelosi and her ilk have overreacted to COVID-19 at every turn," writes Swift. "Ron DeSantis is a freedom loving governor of the greatest state in America. And now Pelosi was all but admitting that DeSantis was right by spending $25 million on Florida real estate. What an elitist hypocrite!"
Swift looked into the sourcing of the Pelosi house story, however, and found it to be tissue-thin, including one report that relied on "several south Florida Twitter users" who claimed that they had "sources confirming that Pelosi is in fact buying the house."
Swift noted that a reporter at Realtor.com did the hard work of actually making phone calls and looking up records -- instead of relying on "South Florida Twitter users" -- and they discovered there was no truth to the story at all.
"I’m sure the corrections and apologies will be flooding in now that Realtor.com has done the shoeleather journalism to debunk this wildly false claim," Swift commented sarcastically.