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Gwyneth Paltrow Claims Harvey Weinstein Used Her Name To Lure Women

Gwyneth Paltrow says that Harvey Weinstein’s mistreatment of her went beyond the alleged incident in a Beverly Hills hotel room. The New York Times released a follow-up article about the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations against the former movie mogul; in it, Paltrow claims that she’s heard that Weinstein used to repeatedly boast about having sex with her to coerce other women into sleeping with him. Paltrow tells the Times that hearing that Weinstein was spreading lies about her was devastating. “He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone,” she says. “But he used the lie as an assault weapon.” ...Read more

Democratic Senators Call For Al Franken To Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Democratic senators called for Sen. Al Franken to resign on Wednesday, in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken lost the support of his Democratic colleagues and faced new pressures to resign over what a fellow senator said was a “clear pattern” of abuse.  Another woman has emerged, saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, bringing to seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men are calling for his resignation. ...Read more

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a controversial move that critics say may further inflame tensions in the Middle East. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a press conference at the White House.   ...Read more

Rep. John Conyers To Leave Congress After He Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives, resigned from Congress on Tuesday, after facing calls to step down over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female staff members. The 88-year-old civil rights leader announced what he referred to as his “retirement” on Detroit talk radio, while continuing to deny he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him. He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him. ...Read more

Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed By Senate To Lead Department Of Homeland Security

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Nielsen, a former Homeland Security official nominated by President Trump, was confirmed by the Senate in a 62-37 vote on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Nielsen understands the department’s daily operations due to her previous experience and is ready to lead on her first day.  ...Read more

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster And Bengals’ George Iloka Suspended One Game For Hits To Head

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka have been suspended one game for dangerous blows to the head in Monday night’s game, the NFL announced Tuesday.  Both plays occurred on the same drive in the fourth quarter. First, Smith-Schuster leveled Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a blindside block and stood over him, taunting him. Burfict was taken from the field on a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion. Smith-Schuster was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness but not ejected. Iloka will miss Cincinnati’s game against the Bears, while Smith-Schuster will sit out an important game against the Ravens.  ...Read more

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics Over Doping Program

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced it was barring the Russian Olympic team from participating in the February 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as punishment for a state-sponsored doping scheme at the last Winter Games in Sochi.  “We have never seen such manipulation and cheating,” IOC disciplinary commission chairman Samuel Schmid told reporters, “and this has caused unprecedented damage to the Olympics and to sports.”  The IOC has been investigating doping by Russian athletes and manipulation of doping tests for more than a year, and as a result of its findings issued its most severe penalty ever. ...Read more

John Mayer Hospitalized for Emergency Appendectomy

Singer John Mayer was hospitalized early Tuesday morning for an emergency appendectomy. “Early this morning, John Mayer was admitted into the hospital for emergency appendectomy forcing the Dead & Company December 5th concert in New Orleans to be postponed,” a representative said in a statement. The 40-year-old Mayer has been on tour with Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company since early last month. The New Orleans show slated for Tuesday evening was the third-to-last show of the string of gigs, initially set to conclude Dec. 8 in Sunrise, Florida. So far, Dead & Company’s Dec. 7 and 8 concerts have not been postponed or canceled. ...Read more

Netflix Fires Danny Masterson From ‘The Ranch’ Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Netflix announced its show The Ranch will be continuing without actor Danny Masterson in 2018. The actor who stars alongside Ashton Kutcher has been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department after at least four women accused him of sexually assault in the early 2000s. The investigation has been ongoing since March. “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a Netflix spokesperson said.  Masterson said he was “very disappointed” by the decision. ...Read more