NEW YORK — A Queens man claims Jeffrey Epstein forced him into sex when he interned for the hedge fund manager, a new lawsuit reveals. The allegation is outlined in a four-page suit filed against Epstein’s estate by a man using the initials “MH.” He claims that he worked as a “financial services intern” for Epstein while he was in high school in 2013 and 2014. “Epstein promoted the sexual performance of MH which involved sexual conduct by a child less than seventeen years old,” the lawsuit filed in Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday reads. “The plaintiff was sexually abused, and as a result was i...
Arizona's chief election's official called out a fellow Democrat from her own state as she pleaded with Senate Democrats to pass the For the People Act to protect voters from GOP voter suppression.
"Democracy is under siege in Arizona. As part of the 'big lie' that Republicans have been pushing about electoral fraud, they're conducting an "audit" in our largest county, Maricopa, to dig up nonexistent evidence. It's an absurd spectacle. The proliferation of conspiracy theories is staggering: ballots are being disqualified because of Sharpies; ballots were shipped in from China; ballots were burned in a chicken-farm fire," Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote in a new Washington Post op-ed.
"My office won a court order to send impartial observers to the audit, and I try to keep the public informed about its dangers. For insisting on straightforward truths, I and my family have received death threats. Armed protesters have shown up at my home. Twice, I've been assigned a security detail to protect me," she explained. "But Republicans aren't just protesting the results of our most recent presidential election; they are laying the groundwork to steal the next one. They are sowing doubt about our electoral process to justify a crackdown on voting rights: The 2020 election was insecure, they say, and so our next election must be airtight. This twisted logic has propelled voter-suppression laws across the country, in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and other states."
Hobbs explained how her office is fighting GOP voter suppression, but that she needs help from Washington, DC.
"The U.S. Senate is currently considering two voting rights bills. One, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, would prevent states from passing further measures to restrict ballot access that disproportionately target minority voters. But that legislation would do nothing to roll back anti-voting laws that are already on the books. Republicans have instituted 22 voter-suppression laws in 14 states so far this year. To simply let these regressive measures stand would be to abandon our duty as public officials," she explained. "Another federal bill, the For the People Act, would strike down the senseless restrictions that Republicans have rushed to impose. What's more, the bill includes many long overdue, common-sense ideas that would expand voting rights such as automatic national voter registration. Passing these provisions would be a huge victory — not for Democrats specifically but for democracy."
But as she noted, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) stands in the way.
"Yet the For the People Act is in jeopardy because 50 Republican senators and several Democratic ones are not taking the steps needed to pass it. Democrats including Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona either do not support the bill or refuse to touch the filibuster — an arcane Senate rule that has often been used to block voting rights — in order to bring the bill to a vote," Hobbs noted. "Sinema and I serve the same state. We both know that if we do nothing now, Arizonans' access to the ballot will be stripped away by Republican legislators."
Hobbs urged immediate action to protect democracy.
"Voter-suppression efforts in Arizona are part of a nationwide dismantling of voting rights — the most sustained and egregious assault on U.S. democracy since the Jim Crow era. I am taking what steps I can to fight back on a local level. But I cannot succeed without help from Congress. Please, act decisively and pass the For the People Act. We are running out of time," Hobbs wrote.
Read the full column.
Authorities in North Carolina made grim discoveries on Monday while investigating a man who allegedly shot at police.
"Shots were fired into a Winston-Salem Police Department office on Monday afternoon, a suspect is in custody and a homicide investigation is underway after the suspect's mother and grandmother were found dead in their homes, according to the WSPD and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office," WGHP-TV reports.
The shots were fired at approximately 3:34 p.m. and police traveled to Hanes Park in pursuit.
"The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old William Scott, got out of the vehicle and began firing at officers. Officers returned fire and chased the him on foot through the Hanes Park area," WGHP-TV reports.
The suspect was shot by police and is reportedly in stable condition at an area hospital. No officers were injured and Scott is in custody for attempted murder.
"After Scott was taken into custody, investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office tell FOX8 they traced the license plate from the vehicle he was in, and it came back to a home in the 1700 block of Curraghmore Road in Clemmons. Investigators responded to the home and found Scott's mother inside. They are investigating her death as a homicide," the station reported. "Scott's grandmother was also found dead in her home in Winston-Salem. Law enforcement officials are investigating her death as homicide as well."
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) got tongue-tied on Monday attempting to reconcile his opposition to a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection with his purported support for law enforcement.
CNN's Chris Cuomo noted Stewart's "supposed" support of law enforcement and said, "100 of them hurt — you don't even want to investigate it."
"Chris, that's just nuts for you to say something like 'people you supposedly love,'" Stewart replied, despite his vote against the commission being recorded in the Congressional Record.
"Don't you support the police?" Cuomo asked.
"Of course I do," Stewart claimed.
"Then why don't you want to investigate why 100 of them got beat up?" Cuomo asked.
"So why did you insert the word supposedly?" Stewart said, without answering the question the CNN host had asked.
"Because you won't investigate the event," Cuomo noted. "How are they supposed to think you support them?"
At that point Stewart became tongue-tied as he tried to argue he'd explained himself.
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