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FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victims

FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victimsBecause many suspected female offenders in sex-trafficking operations are also former victims, prosecution can be difficult.



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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Relentlessly Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Role in Shootings

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Relentlessly Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Role in ShootingsWhen CNN host Christiane Amanpour came face to face with Kellyanne Conway on Monday evening, she wasted no time addressing the “10-ton gorilla in the room” after a pair of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.“You are his senior counselor, and many, many people are asking whether now, all these words that he's used, all these phrases that he's used, will he follow up on what he urged the country today to put aside racial hatred, white supremacy and just stop all this hatred?” Amanpour asked Conway. “Will he do that now?” Saying that “he already did it,” Conway turned around to accuse the Democrats running to unseat her boss of using “really hateful language.” Amanpour reminded her that Trump also accused the “fake news” of “spreading hatred and division” in the wake of the shootings. Kellyanne Conway Blames Obama, Hillary, CNN for Gun Violence After VegasAmanpour kept coming back to the rhetoric that Trump has used and was directly echoed in the El Paso shooter’s manifesto, including the description of an “invasion” at the Southern border. She also played the clip of Trump laughing during a rally in the Florida panhandle earlier this year when someone in his audience suggested “shooting” migrants. “Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement,” the president joked. “Kellyanne, you're his senior counselor, you are really close to him,” Amanpour said. “Do you countenance those words that the president uses? Do you try to tell him not to use those words like ‘invasion,’ like ‘infestation,’ like all the words he uses which are associated with hate speech?” Again, Conway deflected, trying to make the conversation about James Comey, Robert Mueller and the death penalty. “I'd like to know if the 2020 crowd who was preening and screaming all over your network and elsewhere is going to look America in the eye and somehow tell us that the death penalty should not be considered for this monster,” she said. “I'm trying to have a grown-up conversation with you,” Amanpour replied at one point in an effort to get the interview back on track. When Conway accused the host of “not wanting to talk about” the opioid crisis, Amanpour shot back, “No, no, it's not that I don't want to talk about it” and “we're not talking about border security right now.” Finally, returning to her original question, Amanpour asked, “I'm asking you, will you and the president's advisors seek to restrict his Twitter use and his other use of these words?” As Conway stalled, she added, “Yes or no?  It's simple because if it's no, it's stays there at the top.” Conway ultimately refused to say one way or the other: “I'm not telling you what I discuss with the president.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Trump praises Pakistan's role in 'progress' on Afghan peace

Trump praises Pakistan's role in 'progress' on Afghan peacePresident Donald Trump on Monday hailed Pakistan’s help in advancing peace talks in Afghanistan, a marked shift in tone as the United States seeks an accord with the Taliban to end almost 18 years of war. Speaking from the Oval Office alongside Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump also warned he could end the conflict in a matter of days through force and “Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth,” but preferred dialogue. Pakistan was the Taliban’s chief sponsor when it took power in neighboring Afghanistan during the 1990s.



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UPDATE 6-FBI documents point to Trump role in hush money for porn star Daniels

UPDATE 6-FBI documents point to Trump role in hush money for porn star DanielsFBI documents unsealed on Thursday suggest that Donald Trump was actively involved in engineering a hush-money payment shortly before the 2016 election to a porn actress who said she had a sexual encounter with him, as his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, campaign team and others scrambled to head off a scandal. The documents, released on the orders of U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan, were used by law enforcement officials to obtain a 2018 search warrant that led to FBI raids on Cohen’s home and office. The documents provided the most extensive account to date of what appears to be then-candidate Trump’s personal involvement in the scheme to pay $ 130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to avert a controversy for a campaign already reeling from the release of 2005 audio from the TV program “Access Hollywood” in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals.



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Donald Trump defends Acosta role in plea deal involving accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein

Donald Trump defends Acosta role in plea deal involving accused sex trafficker Jeffrey EpsteinPresident Donald Trump defended Labor Secretary Alex Acosta amid calls for his resignation over his role in cutting a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein.



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Pelosi, Schumer Call on Secretary Acosta to Resign for His 'Unconscionable' Role in Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

Pelosi, Schumer Call on Secretary Acosta to Resign for His 'Unconscionable' Role in Jeffrey Epstein ScandalAcosta oversaw a lenient plea deal Epstein accepted in 2008



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Ivanka Trump meeting with Kim Jong-Un revealed in North Korea footage, as excruciating G20 intervention prompts questions over her role

Ivanka Trump meeting with Kim Jong-Un revealed in North Korea footage, as excruciating G20 intervention prompts questions over her roleIvanka Trump joined her father at his historic meeting at the Korean border with Kim Jong-Un, a North Korean documentary has revealed.The “first daughter” can be seen in images broadcast on North Korean TV of the discussion between the US president and Mr Kim.The revelation Ms Trump was included in the talks will further fuel a growing controversy about the 37-year-old’s role in the White House.Officially, she is only an advisor to the president and has said her focus is on women’s economic empowerment and skills development in the workplace.But her participation in the high-level diplomacy of the North Korean summit came only days after she was seen taking part in the G20 conference in Osaka, Japan.A video released by the French presidency showed Ms Trump attempting to butt into a conversation between Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund.> Some new footage of Kim meeting @IvankaTrump and @USAmbROK pic.twitter.com/Pr7iwbdRJH> > — Oliver Hotham (@OliverHotham) > > July 1, 2019Ms Trump also featured prominently in official leaders’ photographs and was dispatched to speak to journalists after her father’s meetings with some of the heads of government present.Her G20 appearances have prompted widespread derision, with many questioning why Mr Trump had brought someone with no diplomatic or foreign policy experience to the summit and ridiculing her attempts to join discussions between world leaders.The excruciating exchange rapidly became a viral meme that saw Twitter users photoshopping pictures of the first daughter into iconic moments in history – including the Yalta conference where the Allies carved up post-war Europe and Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington DC – under the hashtag UnwantedIvanka.Firebrand Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also attacked Ms Trump’s outsized influence.Tweeting the G20 video, she wrote: “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.“It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”A former US ambassador to South Korea, Christopher Hill, said Ms Trump’s presence gave the impression America was a “constitutional monarchy”.“It says to our allies, to everyone we do business with, that the only people who matter are Trump and his family members," he said.Despite her governmental inexperience and lack of qualifications, Mr Trump frequently hails his daughter as one of his most trusted and skilled advisors.He has publicly mooted the idea of nominating her to become US ambassador to the United Nations or head of the World Bank, and said she would be “very hard to beat” if she chose to run for president.Before Mr Trump appointed her to her poorly-defined White House post, Ms Trump had mostly worked for the Trump family company and run her own Ivanka Trump fashion brand.Her father’s trip to Asia ended with an appearance at an army base in South Korea, where he called up Ms Trump to the join him and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on stage and described them as a “beautiful couple”.



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Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role

Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role* Experts say first daughter’s presence reflects gravely on US * Opinion: Laugh at Ivanka – to take her seriously is frighteningIvanka Trump with national security adviser John Bolton in South Korea on Sunday. On stage later, Donald Trump introduced his daughter and said: ‘She’s going to steal the show.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersDonald Trump has been accused of taking nepotism to alarming new depths after giving his daughter, Ivanka, a prominent role in meetings with the G20 and Kim Jong-un.On Saturday, the French government released a video from the G20 summit in Osaka that showed Ivanka awkwardly interjecting with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, British prime minister, Theresa May, Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau and IMF director Christine Lagarde, whose icy expression spoke volumes. During the summit, Ivanka was also included in photographs of a group of leaders.A day later, Trump’s 37-year-old daughter became one of the few Americans to set foot inside North Korea as her father held nuclear talks with Kim in the demilitarised zone. The first daughter described the event as “surreal”.Then, addressing US forces stationed in South Korea, Donald Trump invited Ivanka on stage and promised: “She’s going to steal the show.”Such brazenly dynastic displays caused concern among foreign policy experts who, noting Ivanka’s complete lack of diplomatic experience or training, warned of lasting damage to America’s credibility.Ned Price, former special assistant to Barack Obama for national security affairs, said: “It’s one thing for Trump to have his relatives around him in the White House as personal consigliere, especially if they do have the calming influence that’s been reported. But it’s quite another for his daughter to represent the United States of America in the presence of world leaders.> It reflects poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is> > Ned Price“It reflects poorly on Trump that he would place her in that context and poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is.”Price, now director of policy and communications at National Security Action, a thinktank, added: “Above all it reflects poorly on the United States that we’re too often represented by unelected officials without any relevant qualifications.”Ivanka is listed on the official White House website as “adviser to the president”, focusing on the “education and economic empowerment of women and their families”. This has included several foreign trips, often promoted on her Instagram account.Her husband, Jared Kushner, is no less influential, and recently unveiled part of a widely derided Middle East peace plan at a conference in Bahrain that was boycotted by Palestinian officials. The couple moved from New York to Washington to join the administration, with Ivanka eventually closing her clothing business.Several leaders brought their spouses to the G20, but in the absence of Melania, Donald Trump brought his daughter instead. Speaking at one session, she said the world economy would get a boost of up to $ 28tn by 2025 if women were on an equal economic footing. Ivanka even released video in which she looked self-conscious as she summarised meetings and used words such as “deliverables”.But it was the footage of her conversation with world leaders that triggered a tsunami of online parodies.May can be heard saying: “As soon as you charge them with that economic aspect of it, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.”Ivanka then chips in: “And the same with the defence side of it, in terms of the whole business that’s been, sort of, male-dominated.”Lagarde’s head jerks to the left. She looks irritated.Democrats seized on the incident. Congressman Eric Swalwell, who is running for president, said: “This is your reminder that Ivanka Trump has no foreign policy or diplomacy experience. The American people deserve to be represented by a qualified diplomat, not the president’s daughter.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the president phones it in [and] the world moves on.”Trump drew his own sharp criticism over the weekend for his ostentatiously cosy relations with Kim, Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of involvement in the death and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who lived in the US and wrote for the Washington Post. Trump’s unorthodox approaches to trade, Iran, Israel and European allies have also received withering censure.Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “The fact that Trump would let his own daughter, who has no training and no basis for participating in diplomatic events, [go to the G20] epitomises the Trump administration’s amateurish approach to foreign policy.“He’s very obviously thumbing his nose at protocol and decades of norms.”The Trump family business has drawn comparisons to a constitutional monarchy. Trump told the Atlantic earlier this year: “If [Ivanka] ever wanted to run for president. I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”Ivanka’s brothers, Donald Jr and Eric, have become outspoken defenders of their father and are set to play leading roles in the 2020 election.Jordan Libowitz, communications director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (Crew) in Washington, said: “It is questionable what Ivanka Trump was doing at the G20 summit, but it is also questionable what she does in the White House.“She takes a very prominent public role without defined duties or qualifications further than being the president’s daughter.“More troubling is the fact that she continues to own significant problematic assets, from which she makes millions of dollars – including a share of the Trump hotel in Washington, which has become a haven for people looking to influence the Trump administration.”



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Ex-Michelle Obama aide says she had small role in assisting Jussie Smollett's family

Ex-Michelle Obama aide says she had small role in assisting Jussie Smollett's familyThe comments from Tina Tchen are her first about her involvement in the case and come one day after Foxx’s office abruptly announced they were dropping charges against Smollett, who was charged last month for disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.



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Pope praises Rome's historic role in welcoming outsiders

Pope praises Rome's historic role in welcoming outsidersPope Francis on Tuesday visited Rome's town hall and praised the role of the Italian capital in the history of culture and integration. Rough cut (no reporter narration).



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