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...
Mike Collins is one of just two Congressional candidates announced as a speaker for the incredibly shrinking "Justice for J6 rally" at the U.S. Capitol tomorrow. And he's using the moment to go full wingnut.
Collins, a trucking company owner, ramped up wild rhetoric Friday at what was billed as a "campaign kickoff" in Jackson GA -- even though Collins had announced his candidacy more than three months ago on June 8.
Collins "promised to stand up to 'liberal left-wing wackos, RINOS, elites — and even the Republican establishment," including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), promising to vote against him becoming Speaker of the House if Republicans take control of the chamber in 2023,' Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) reported Friday.
"And if by some odd chance he becomes speaker and he doesn't want to give me a committee assignment, then I'm fine with that," he said. "I'll make a great teammate for Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene."
He added: "The time for civility, the time for compromise, that's over with; the time for bipartisanship is done," he told. "There is no compromising."
Collins is among just a few speakers being billed for the diminished rally. But he's undaunted about that.
"He said his attendance at the D.C. rally is about fighting back against political persecution and tweeted that "America should not have a government that holds political prisoners," GPB reported.
"These people deserve their day in court; everybody deserves their day in court," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "And I'm going up there to say to these people need their day in court, and it's time for it to happen."
Collins is the son of the late Rep. Mac Collins, who served in Congress from 1993 to 2005, leaving to mount an unsuccessful 2004 U.S. Senate race. The elder Collins died in 2018.
Collins, who describes himself as a lifelong trucker who now owns a large trucking company is one of more than a dozen people running in the Republican primary for Georgia's 10th Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Jody Hice who's primarying Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
"Hice, who beat Collins in a primary runoff in 2014, endorsed Gwinnett-based state Rep. Timothy Barr for the seat in the comfortably conservative district, which could see substantial alterations to its boundaries during redistricting in the coming months," GPB reports. But Collins holds a fundraising lead so far.
Collins is not limiting his MAGA-plus credentials to his planned appearance at the pro-insurrectionist rally. He also has called for the removal of Georgia's electronic voting equipment and for an "audit" of the 2020 election that was counted three separate times.
"We can take the path of Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney and crying Adam Kinzinger, or we could take the path of the Jim Jordans, Matt Gaetzes, the Marjorie Taylor Greenes and the Donald Trumps: true conservative fighters," Collins told the crowd. "That's the party I want to be a part of."
Emergency contraception funds sent to Texas by Biden admin following GOP's near-total abortion ban: report
The federal government announced Friday it is providing additional funding to Austin nonprofit Every Body Texas to address a potential increase in clients' need for emergency contraception and family planning services now that Texas prohibits abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a release Friday that the Office for Population Affairs will award funding to the group, which is the statewide administrator of the federal Title X funding program, which provides family planning and reproductive health services to low-income patients.
Friday's move comes as the Biden administration is challenging Texas' near-total ban on abortion in court.
The federal government is also launching a new funding program that allows any entity across the country, regardless of if it receives Title X funding, to apply and receive additional money to provide reproductive and family planning services to patients impacted by Senate Bill 8.
There is $10 million available for these two programs, though it is unclear how much Every Body Texas is receiving directly. According to the federal government's website, the grant application for the new program, called Funding to Address Dire Need for Family Planning Services, says they expect to award 10 grants between $150,000 and $1.5 million by the end of this year. The announcement said Every Body Texas must use the money provided by March 31.
Neither Every Body Texas nor the federal government immediately responded to questions.
But the group thanked Becerra on Twitter Friday afternoon for the additional funding.
"In light of #SB8, free and low-cost access to EC is more important than ever," the group wrote.
Becerra also issued a memorandum detailing two federal statutes he says his department would enforce to provide protection for patients who may need an abortion and health care providers who assist pregnant patients in certain situations.
"Today we are making clear that doctors and hospitals have an obligation under federal law to make medical decisions regarding when it's appropriate to treat their patients," Becerra said in a release. "And we are telling doctors and others involved in the provision of abortion care, that we have your back."
It was not immediately clear late Friday how Becerra's memorandum would impact people's ability to access an abortion in Texas or providers' willingness to perform the procedure.
The two federal laws Becerra referred to include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and the Church Amendments. The federal government issued a memorandum reminding health care providers that patients who appear in the emergency room must receive appropriate medical screening, stabilizing treatment and a transfer, in or out of state, regardless of state laws, including pregnant patients or patients experiencing a pregnancy loss.
Becerra said the federal government would impose civil monetary penalties against hospitals or physicians if they violate that law.
Second, the federal Office of Civil Rights released guidance about the Church Amendments, which prevent discrimination against health care personnell who object to performing an abortion because of their relgious beliefs. Those amendments also protect health care providers from discrimination if they do assist or perform a lawful abortion, such as an abortion where federal funds are used to end pregnancies that result from rape or incest or to save the life of the pregnant person.
Gov. Greg Abbott did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the announcement.
A national anti-abortion group, The Susan B. Anthony List, criticized the Biden administration in a press release Friday evening.
"Texas is not California, no matter how hard Xavier Becerra tries to export his pro-abortion legacy," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group's president, said in a statement referring to Becerra's home state.
SB 8, which took effect Sept.1, bans abortions whenever an ultrasound can detect what lawmakers define as a fetal "heartbeat," though medical experts say that phrase is misleading because embryos don't posses a heart at that developmental stage.
Rather than the state enforcing the law, it relies on private citizens to sue abortion proividers and anyone who helps a pregnant person receive an abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected.
Abortion rights advocacy groups have said the law could affect at least 85% of abortions provided in the state. Since the law went into effect, many providers have canceled procedures or denied care to patients.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly claimed the 2020 presidential election was rife with fraud.
But the latest place he is looking for fraud is an odd choice: Alabama, a state Trump won by 25 points and where Democrats do not control a single statewide office. Lindell's plans in the state were detailed by Al.com on Friday.
"MyPillow founder and Donald Trump adviser Mike Lindell plans to conduct "tests" on Alabama's voter rolls after purchasing the list, said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who along with Gov. Kay Ivey met with Lindell on Friday," reported Howard Koplowitz. "Lindell, the founder and CEO of MyPillow who is Trump's main attack dog in the former president's battle contending the 2020 presidential election was stolen, is going to comb through the list of Alabama voters to determine whether the state has any ineligible people on it, including deceased residents."
"Lindell, who set up the meeting with Merrill after attending Trump's 'Save America' rally in Cullman in late August, heaped praise on Alabama's election procedures, ranging from the state's voter ID law to how votes are tabulated in the state, according to Merrill," noted the report.
Lindell is currently facing a defamation suit by Dominion Voting Systems after he repeatedly claimed that their voting equipment was illegally switching votes. To this day he has provided no credible evidence of this accusation. In the wake of his controversies, Lindell has lost contracts with retailers to sell his pillows, and even Fox News is refusing to be involved with him, which has led him to denounce the right-leaning television network.
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