Posts Tagged ‘sex’

Girls! Roy Moore Is Back.

June 21, 2019

Girls! Roy Moore Is Back.

He’s back! Shopping mall romeo, twice-defrocked Alabama judge and gun-slinging theocratic racist homophobe Roy Moore wants to be Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Sure, he lost his 2017 bid due to some pesky talk about hitting on teenyboppers, but Mr. Moore reasons that if Brett Kavanaugh could get through his Supreme Court hearing last year, he can get to the Senate this time.

More:

“Roy Moore, Accused Child Molester, Announces Second Senate Run,” Scott Bixby, Daily Beast

“Roy Moore announces 2020 Senate run, vows to ‘make more personal contact with people,'” The Week

“‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore,” Burgess Everett, Politico

“Roy Moore is running for Senate again, and there’s nothing Washington Republicans can do about it,” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

“Donald Trump Jr. mocks Roy Moore after campaign announcement, reigniting criticism,” Sam Dorman, Fox News

“How Roy Moore Could Actually Win Alabama’s Republican Senate Primary,” Geoffrey Skelley, FiveThirtyEight

Related:

“Roy Moore’s lawyer Trenton Garmon arrested on drug charges,” Ivana Hrynkiw, AI.com

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Maria Butina Sentenced to Prison

April 26, 2019

Maria Butina Sentenced to Prison

On  Friday, Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan sentenced admitted Russian spy Maria Butina to 18 months in prison. “I am deeply embarrassed,” said Ms. Butina.

The former American University grad student pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy against the United States, acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation, and seeking to influence U.S. conservative politicians through the National Rifle Association.It’s a salacious spy story of sex, guns, money, and the National Prayer Breakfast, and it’s packed with oligarchsRepublicanslobbyistsTreasury officials and Kremlin connections, a saga spanning the globe from Siberia to South Dakota. Her older American lover, Paul Erickson, a GOP fundraiser and NRA supporter, is charged with fraud and money laundering in a separate case.

Ms. Butina, deemed a flight risk, has been imprisoned since her indictment in July. We hope she will be able to continue with her Tai Chi in prison.

More:

“Maria Butina, Russian who conspired to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups, sentenced to 18 months,” Spencer S. Hsu and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“Russian Agent Maria Butina Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison: ‘I Destroyed My Own Life,’” Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast

“Maria Butina is not a Russian spy, but a ‘spotter’: DOJ revives intrigue over gun rights activist,” Kristine Phillips, USA Today

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It’s On! State of the Union, February 5th.

January 29, 2019

It's On! State of the Union, February 5th.

After yanking the rug out from under Donald Trump’s January 2019 State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited the president to harangue a joint session of Congress on February 5th and he accepted.

Attention new members of Congress: each of you may invite one guest to observe the State of the Union from the visitors’ balcony. One of you must invite Stephanie Clifford, a Republican and a working Mom also known as Stormy Daniels. She even knows the guy who’ll be talking.

Related:

“Democrats tap Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to Trump’s State of the Union address,” Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post

“The State of the Union is … perhaps outdated?” Jason Dick, Roll Call

Updates:

“Undocumented Immigrant Who Worked for Trump Will Attend His State of the Union,” Matt Stevens, New York Times

“Capitol Police announce street closures, restrictions for State of the Union address,” Michael Burke, The Hill

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GOP: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

December 19, 2018

GOP: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

Former American University grad student Maria Butina pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy against the United States, acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation, and seeking to influence U.S. conservative politicians through the National Rifle Association. It’s a salacious spy story of sex, guns, money, and the National Prayer Breakfast, and it’s packed with oligarchs, Republicans, lobbyists, Treasury officials and Kremlin connections, a saga spanning the globe from Siberia to South Dakota.

Ms. Butina, deemed a flight risk, has been imprisoned since her indictment in July. We hope she’s been able to continue with her Tai Chi in jail. There are indications she will be testifying before a federal grand jury sometime soon.

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Oh, That Bill Clinton!

August 25, 2018

“Down on Clinton.” written and recorded by Denise LaSalle, 2000. All men are dogs, even the good’uns.

Extra Credit essay assignment: 2000 and 2017, compare & contrast.

More:

“Denise LaSalle, Singer and Writer of Earthy Songs, Dies at 78,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

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Million-Mile-High Club

May 1, 2018

“Space Sex is Serious Business,” produced for fivethirtyeight.com.

Research and Narration: Maggie Koerth-Baker; Writer and Producer: Christine Laskowski;  Design and Animation: Tom McCarten.

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“Space Sex Is Serious Business,” Maggie Koerth-Baker, FiveThirtyEight

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Roy Moore Claims Pulitzer-Winning Exposés Are ‘Forces of Evil’

April 26, 2018

Roy Moore Claims Pulitzer-Winning Exposés Are 'Forces of Evil'

The Washington Post won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for its investigative reporting of Roy Moore’s courtship of underage girls. Mr. Moore, failed senate candidate,  defrocked judge and gun-slingingtheocraticracist homophobe, calls that reporting “lies and slander” in a fundraising email he sent out to raise money for his legal defense in a defamation lawsuit filed by one of his accusers.

“They spread slanderous lies and made numerous false accusations. They attacked my character. They dragged my reputation through the mud. They even attacked my wife and family. But instead of being held accountable in a court of law, the Washington Post just won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for their lies and slander against me and my family. Meanwhile, I’m being sued for standing up and defending myself and my family from ruthless lies and attacks. And it’s exactly why you and I must stand strong in our legal fight against the forces of evil.”

Hey, y’all. Pulitzer. That some kinda Jewish name?

More:

“Roy Moore fundraising off Pulitzers won for stories about him, cites ‘forces of evil,'” Leada Gore, AL.com

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Trump Champions Abstinence-Only Sex Education

April 4, 2018

Fundamentalist sex educators favor so-called “Abstinence-Only” strategy, teaching teens to “just say no” to sex, which works as well as you might expect — not at all. Nevertheless, due to pressure from the Christian Right, for nearly 30 years the federal government pumped over $2 billion into this losing battle with adolescent hormones before facing reality.

It’s back! Fundamentalists helped elect Adulterer-In-Chief Donald Trump, so “Abstinence-Only” Sex Ed is Great Again.

More:

“Abstinence-only education making a comeback under Trump,” Jessie Hellmann, The Hill

“Donald Trump’s Embrace of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is an Absurd Twist on a Failed Policy,” Jordan Smith, The Intercept

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Stormy Daniels Sues Donald Trump

March 7, 2018

Stormy Daniels Sues Trump
Porn star Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) has filed suit against Donald Trump, claiming her nondisclosure agreement with him isn’t valid since he never signed the contract, in which he is referred to under the alias David Dennison. Ms. Daniels inked the agreement just 12 days before the 2016 election, pledging silence about her intimate relations with the married Mr. Trump from 2006 to 2007 in return for $130,000 in hush money. As usual when bills are due, Donald Trump was nowhere to be found, so Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid the gag fee out of his own pocket.

The suit filed this Tuesday further claims that lawyer Cohen attempted to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and “shut her up” to “protect Mr. Trump.” Read the new court filing lawyer Michael Avenatti submitted on behalf of Stormy Daniels here . The original NDA is attached, and the spaces where “David Dennison” was supposed to sign are clearly blank.

More:

“Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed,” Sarah Fitzpatrick, NBC News

“Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: More Evidence ‘Is Going to Come to Light,’” Daily Beast

“The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit against Trump,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels isn’t suing Trump for money. She’s suing to make sure her story is told.” Anna North, Vox

“‘I have to see you again’: How Trump’s alleged affair with a porn star spilled into public view, Frances Stead Sellers, Emma Brown and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels’ attorney says Michael Cohen ‘threatened’ her to keep quiet,” Catherine Garcia, The Week

Updates:

“Trump’s lawyer got a restraining order to prevent Stormy Daniels from speaking out,” Jen Kirby, Vox

“Stormy Daniels: White House appears to confirm Trump contract with porn star,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Stormy Daniels Lawyer: ‘Laughable, Absurd’ Trump Didn’t Know About Hush Money,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels lawyer says Americans need to know details because ‘cover-ups matter,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements,” Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor, NBC News

“Cohen $130,000 Payment To Stormy Daniels Came From His Home Equity Line,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels Offers to Return $130K to Trump to End ‘Hush Agreement,’” Daily Beast

“Stormy Daniels taped a 60 Minutes interview, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen might try to quash it,” Peter Weber, The Week

“Stormy Daniels friend describes listening in on her phone calls with Trump,” Beth Reinhard and Rob Kuznia, Washington Post

“CNN: Radio Host Says Stormy Daniels Discussed Trump Affair On Air In 2007,” Matt Shuham, CNN

Related:

“Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump,” Griffin Connolly, Roll Call

“Stormy Daniels bringing down Trump would be the poetic justice America needs,” Matthew Walther, The Week

“Amid stories about Trump’s alleged past sexual activity, administration focuses on abstinence-only education,” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

“The First Porn President,” Maureen Dowd, New York Times

“It’s time to start taking the Stormy Daniels scandal seriously,”  Matthew Yglesias, Vox

If Michael Cohen Is Telling the Truth About His Stormy Daniels Payment, He Could Be Disbarred,” Stephen Lubet, Slate

“This Barrier-Breaking Porn Star May Prove Trump’s Biggest Nightmare,” James Watkins, OZY

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Trump Lawyer Says He Paid Off Porn Star Before Election

February 16, 2018

Trump Lawyer Admits Paying Off Porn Star Right Before Election

Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Tuesday that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money in 2016, right before the election, so she wouldn’t blab about her 2011 extramarital affair with the married Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen says the payoff came out of his own pocket, and not from Mr. Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump businesses.

That doesn’t mean it’s legal. Even if Mr. Cohen didn’t coordinate his pre-election payoff with the candidate or the campaign, it could be considered an unreported in-kind campaign contribution in excess of the $2,700 individual cap. Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to that effect. The FEC has a Republican majority and reports violations to Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice for enforcement, though, so that dog won’t hunt.

That doesn’t mean Mr. Trump is out of the woods. Stormy Daniels claims that Michael Cohen’s payoff revelations invalidate their nondisclosure agreement, so she’s free to talk about the president’s adulterous romps.

More:

“The Coming Storm? Hush Money and the Federal Election Campaign Act,” Thomas Frampton, Harvard Law Review blog

Related:

“Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity,” Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker

“The latest alleged Trump affair coverup is a damningly familiar tale,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Alleged Ex-Trump Paramour Says ‘Catch And Kill’ Practice Kept Her Quiet,” Amy Held, NPR

“Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids,” Jim Rutenberg, Megan Twohey, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Mike McIntire and Maggie Haberman, New York Times

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