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Melania Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ wooden statue of first lady prompts complaints in Slovenia

Melania Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ wooden statue of first lady prompts complaints in SloveniaA wooden statue of Melania Trump has reportedly been erected in the first lady’s home country of Slovenia, despite criticism from locals. The conceptual statue — which depicts Ms Trump standing in the blue outfit she wore to her husband’s inauguration in 2016 — was commissioned by US artist Brade Downey and created by artist Ales Zupevc, known as Maxi, according to ITV.The life-sized statue is planted atop a wooden plank with shrubbery in a field near her hometown of Sevnica, according to photographs released this week.Locals complained about the statue, not due to the first lady’s affiliation with Donald Trump, but rather because they say the wooden sculpture does not look like Ms Trump at all. “It doesn’t look anything like Melania,” one local told the outlet. “It’s a smurfette. It’s a disgrace.”Another local reportedly echoed those comments, telling the reporter, “It’s not okay. It’s a disgrace. That’s what I have to say.”Mr Downey reportedly did not include any instructions with his request for the artist to build the conceptual design of the first lady — except that it must feature the same dress she wore to the inauguration. The first lady has become one of her home country’s most famous exports ever since her husband became the US president.Businesses and storefronts in Slovenia began selling Melania slippers, cake and even honey, branding their products with the first lady’s image.Ms Trump reportedly hired a local law firm in 2017 to prevent shops from using her likeness to sell products. The White House did not respond to requests for comment.



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Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hugBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, facing a growing swell of allegations that he has made women uncomfortable with his use of physical contact, made light of the controversy on Friday while continuing to lay the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, Biden joked that he “had permission” to hug the union’s male president, Lonnie Stephenson. The welcoming, mostly male audience responded with laughter and cheers. …



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Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hugBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, facing a growing swell of allegations that he has made women uncomfortable with his use of physical contact, made light of the controversy on Friday while continuing to lay the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, Biden joked that he “had permission” to hug the union’s male president, Lonnie Stephenson. The welcoming, mostly male audience responded with laughter and cheers. …



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'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaintsFormer vice-president’s comments came during first public appearance since allegations from at least seven women surfacedJoe Biden has twice made joking references to complaints from women that his physical behavior made them uncomfortable.The former vice-president’s comments on Friday came during his first public appearance since the allegations began to surface last week.Taking the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Biden was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson.Biden quipped: “I just want you to know – I had permission to hug Lonnie.”The crowd, which was mostly male, erupted in laughter. Later, Biden made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm round a young boy.“By the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” the former vice-president said, again to laughter.“Everybody knows I like kids more than people,” Biden said.Sign up for the US morning briefing Biden, who is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race, has faced allegations from at least seven women that they were troubled by physical interactions with him.Although he has not been accused of sexual assault or harassment, the women have said they felt Biden violated their personal space.On Wednesday, Biden pledged in a video to change his behavior.“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” Biden said. “Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”Speaking to reporters after Friday’s event, Biden was asked if he would apologize to the women directly.“I’m sorry I didn’t understand,” he said. “I’m not sorry for any of my intentions.”He added: “I literally think it is incumbent upon me and I think everybody else to make sure that if you embrace someone, if you touch someone, it’s with their consent, regardless of your intention.”The controversy began when Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, alleged Biden put his hands on her shoulders, leaned in to smell her hair and kissed the back of her head at a political event in November 2014.Other women have shared similar accounts. Several prominent Democratic women have come to Biden’s defense, suggesting such behavior is part of his affectionate demeanor.Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 17 women, has sought to weaponize the issue.The president posted a derisive tweet featuring Biden’s apology video doctored to include an image of the former vice-president creeping up behind himself and grabbing his own shoulders.“WELCOME BACK JOE!” Trump tweeted.Biden hit back, tweeting: “I see that you are on the job and presidential.”



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Meet the Trump supporter trying to take her down through campaign finance complaints

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Meet the Trump supporter trying to take her down through campaign finance complaintsThe man trying to bring down Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her staff for allegedly breaking campaign finance laws during the 2018 midterm elections, is a devout partisan and proud Donald Trump supporter, known for his distaste for the very campaign finance regulations he is using to try and stir up controversy.Dan Backer, a Virginia attorney, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday, alleging that Ms Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Seikat Chakrabarti engaged in a “scheme” to undercut normal “market value” for campaign services for her and several other progressive candidates.It is a complaint that Mr Backer says shows Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s “hypocrisy” as an advocate for campaign finance reform, even if he does not personally agree with the underlying law. And, it is Mr Backer’s own duality on these issues that campaign finance experts say illustrates how easy it is for partisan complaints to be filed with the FEC and make news with little in-depth scrutiny.“I think much of what they set out to do SHOULD be legal, and the provisions restricting people from engaging in robust political activity in this way are likely unconstitutional, but it’s still the law,” Mr Backer told The Independent in an email.He continued: “And it’s self-aggrandising ‘reformers’ like [Ms Ocasio-Cortez] who seek to make the laws even more burdensome. I would be thrilled if the adjudication here resulted in overturning some of these restrictions, but until then it’s still the law and a self-professed reformer ought to follow the laws.”A request sent to Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s office seeking comment on Mr Backer’s allegations received no reply. She has previously claimed the campaign finance allegations against her originated from a “conspiracy machine”.In the newest complaint, Mr Backer charges that Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Mr Chakrabarti controlled three overlapping entities — the Justice Democrats PAC, the Brand New Congress PAC and Brand New Congress LLC — with a goal to “subsidise cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value”.The complaint details a string of allegations, with multiple different ways that Mr Backer says Ms Ocasio-Cortez may have violated campaign finance laws.“Dan Backer is a longtime actor in this space who has scored some notable victories. He has won, but he also has a reputation for taking a kind of kitchen sink approach,” said Daniel Weiner, the senior counsel for the Brennan Centre for Justice.“He sues the FEC constantly and loses much more often than he wins, though he has won,” Mr Weiner continued. “He’s also, frankly, he’s a very, very committed partisan. Not unlike many people in this bar. He’s also a committed — one might even say ferocious — opponent of campaign finance regulation generally.”Mr Backer’s complaint was filed on Wednesday on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative activist group that has challenged Ms Ocasio-Cortez for campaign finance violations on at least one other occasion.The foundation is run by Mr Backer and by Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican donor and delegate for Mr Trump who once challenged — and won with Mr Backer’s help — the FEC over limits on aggregate campaign donations to federal candidates during a two year period.In addition to his complaints against Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Mr Backer has been active in Republican politics organising against former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Mr Backer helped to establish the Stop Hillary PAC, for instance, which was highly critical of her handling of the 2012 attacks on US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, where a US ambassador was killed. The PAC was later renamed following Mr Trump’s election as the Committee to Defend the President.Mr Backer was also involved in a complaint accusing the Clinton campaign in 2016 of campaign violations related to payments to Fusion GPS – the company that helped produce the dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.With Mr Backer’s signature behind it, the Committee to Defend the President and a separate pro-Trump PAC called Great America PAC have already begun spending big to support the president’s re-election bid. By mid-February, for instance, those two groups had already spent $ 441,038 and $ 821,280, respectively, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics.



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Biden, mulling White House run, seeks to stem fallout from women's complaints

Biden, mulling White House run, seeks to stem fallout from women's complaintsThe move marked the most extensive and personal effort yet by Biden to quell the furor ahead of a likely bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In recent days, four women have said Biden made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them at political events in past years. After a former Nevada politician, Lucy Flores, said last week that Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” when he kissed the back of her head at a 2014 campaign event, Biden released a statement saying he believed he never acted inappropriately during his many years in public life.



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Hacienda's ex-CEO faced sexual-harassment, bullying complaints; board kept him on job

Hacienda's ex-CEO faced sexual-harassment, bullying complaints; board kept him on jobSexual-harassment complaints followed Hacienda HealthCare's former CEO for years. Before he resigned, Bill Timmons faced discipline and sanctions.



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Trump closes out 2018 with a litany of complaints

Trump closes out 2018 with a litany of complaintsThe president spends New Year's Eve on his favorite social media platform.



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The Latest: Lawyer cites 'thin' complaints in compound case

The Latest: Lawyer cites 'thin' complaints in compound caseAMALIA, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):



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Fox News' First Female CEO Was Named In Sexual Harassment Complaints

Fox News' First Female CEO Was Named In Sexual Harassment ComplaintsFox News, dogged by years of sexual harassment claims, has named Suzanne Scott



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