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farenthold to retire from house amid harassment accusations


washington (ap) — two republicans say texas gop rep. blake farenthold won’t seek re-election next year. the lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus.mike bergsma is republican county chairman in farenthold’s home county of nueces. he tells the associated press that farenthold campaign manager joseph walter told him thursday that the lawmaker is not seeking re-election.another republican in washington confirmed that farenthold is retiring. the source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that the congressman had not officially announced.a former farenthold aide sued him in 2014, claiming sexually suggestive comments and behavior.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.three






nancy pelosi calls on rep. ruben kihuen to resign amid sexual harassment allegat


rep. blake farenthold, r-texas, used $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014, the washington post confirmed friday. farenthold is the first member of congress confirmed to have benefited from a little-known treasury department fund created... (elise viebeck, michelle ye hee lee and kimberly kindy)






rep. blake farenthold faces ethics probe after sexual harassment allegations


the house ethics committee announced it will investigate sexual harassment allegations made against rep. blake farenthold.        






report: gop congressman used public funds to settle claim


washington (ap) — a report says republican rep. blake farenthold of texas used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman.lauren greene is a former communications director in the congressman’s office. she alleged in a 2014 federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed and fired soon after complaining of a hostile work environment. farenthold said when the case was settled in 2015 he didn’t engage in any wrongdoing.politico reported friday that farenthold used taxpayer dollars to settle the claim.his office released a statement saying he can’t confirm or deny using a little-known congressional account to settle a sexual harassment claim. he says the congressional accountability act prohibits him from answering the question.most read storiesunlimited






treasury fund paid for rep. farenthold's $84,000 sexual harassment settlement


rep. blake farenthold, r-texas, used $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014, the washington post confirmed friday.farenthold is the first member of congress confirmed to have benefited from a little-known treasury department fund created to cover workplace settlements involving lawmakers. the congressional office of compliance (ooc) disclosed friday that the fund paid for only one sexual harassment settlement involving a house lawmaker's office in the past five years, but did not name farenthold.the congressman's former communications director, lauren greene, accused him of making sexually charged comments designed to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship. she filed suit after going through the ooc's counselin






house ethics committee revives sexual harassment investigation into gop rep. far


the house ethics committee announced thursday it has established a subcommittee to investigate allegations of misconduct by rep. blake farenthold, r-texas, expanding its work in light of new information that surfaced in recent weeks about a 2015 settlement agreement he reached with his former aide.the committee initially launched an investigation into farenthold in september 2015, but it was "significantly delayed" because the committee could not get "key witnesses other than representative farenthold" to testify, according to the committee's statement.his former communications director, lauren greene, in 2014 accused farenthold of making sexually charged comments designed to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship. greene filed suit through the formal complaint process o






dccc calls for nevada rep. kihuen to resign amid harassment allegations


the democratic congressional campaign committee is calling on a freshman house lawmaker considered a rising star in the party to resign his seat after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed one of his campaign aides.in an article published friday by buzzfeed, rep. ruben kihuen, d-nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward his then-campaign finance director. the woman, identified only as samantha, told buzzfeed that kihuen propositioned her for dates and sex and twice touched her thighs without consent.in a statement, dccc chairman rep. ben ray luján, d-n.m., said politicians "guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault . . . should not hold elected office.""members and candidates must be held to the highest standard," luján said. "congresman kihuen should resign.






rep. john conyers, most senior member of house, resigns amid accusations of sexu


rep. john conyers jr. of michigan, the longest-serving member of the house of representatives, said he was retiring effective tuesday after his support among fellow democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees.conyers endorsed his son, john conyers iii, in a rambling radio interview with detroit host mildred gaddis.“i am retiring today, and i want everyone to know how much i appreciate the support, incredible undiminished support i’ve received,” conyers said.conyers’ use of the word “retiring” rather than “resigning” left some uncertainty over whether he was immediately vacating the congressional seat he has held since 1965. later, however, rep. sheila jackson lee (d-texas) read a statement from conyers on the house floor confirming that he had noti






conyers returns home amid reports that he is being pushed to resign


the longtime congressman returned to detroit amid new questions about sexual harassment accusations.        






congressman’s sexual harassment settlement paid with tax dollars


the 2015 settlement was reached by u.s. rep. blake farenthold, r-texas, and a former aide.        






senator al franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionfranken attacked donald trump and roy moore in his resignation speechdemocratic senator and ex-comedian al franken has said he plans to quit "in the coming weeks" after string of sexual harassment allegations."i am proud that during my time in the senate that i have used my power to be a champion of women," the minnesota senator said from the us senate floor.his speech came a day after nearly 30 democrats called on him to resign.he would be the most prominent lawmaker to resign amid a wave of misconduct claims against high-profile figures.meanwhile, the us house of representatives ethics committee launched sexual harassment investigations into two republican congressmen.trent franks of arizona announced he was resigning as the inquir






rep. john conyers announces he will 'retire today' from congressional


the michigan democrat has been facing calls to resign amid accusations he sexually harassed employees.        






rep. john conyers announces he will 'retire today' from congressional


the michigan democrat had been facing calls to resign amid accusations he sexually harassed employees.        






farenthold's sexual harassment settlement paid with tax dollars


the congressman declines to say how the matter was resolved but the lawyer for his accuser says such claims are always paid through the federal treasury.        






3 women reassert allegations of sexual harassment against trump, call on congres


the #metoo sexual harassment movement roiling the nation reached the doors of the white house on monday, when three women who last year accused president donald trump of sexual misconduct began a renewed public push to gain attention for their allegations.the three accusers were among more than a dozen who had initially come forward during the 2016 presidential campaign. the three reinvigorated their stories this week with an appearance on megyn kelly's nbc show — their first joint interview — and a subsequent news conference in manhattan, in which they also called on congress to investigate their claims.their appeal comes on the eve of a closely fought special u.s. senate election in alabama, where roy moore, the republican nominee whom trump has endorsed, is facing multiple accusations o






trump defends bill o'reilly amid sexual harassment accusations


president trump on wednesday defended fox news host bill o’reilly despite a report that found several women who accused him of harassment. playvideocbsnmore companies pull ads from fox news' flagship anchor a number of major advertisers don't want their commercials to air during fox news' "the o'reilly factor" after a number of sexual harassment clai... “i think he’s a person i know well -- he is a good person,” mr. trump said in an interview with the new york times. “i think he shouldn’t have settled; personally i think he shouldn’t have settled,” he added. “because you should have taken it all the way. i don’t think bill did anything wrong.”the new york times reported over the weekend that o’reilly and fox news’ parent company, 21st century fox, had paid five women $13 million to settle






trump defends bill o'reilly amid sexual harassment accusations


president trump on wednesday defended fox news host bill o’reilly despite a report that found several women who accused him of harassment. playvideocbsnmore companies pull ads from fox news' flagship anchor a number of major advertisers don't want their commercials to air during fox news' "the o'reilly factor" after a number of sexual harassment clai... “i think he’s a person i know well — he is a good person,” mr. trump said in an interview with the new york times. “i think he shouldn’t have settled; personally i think he shouldn’t have settled,” he added. “because you should have taken it all the way. i don’t think bill did anything wrong.”the new york times reported over the weekend that o’reilly and fox news’ parent company, 21st century fox, had paid five women $13 million to settle a






gop lawmaker claims dnc hack was ‘inside job’ — which he says is proved by ‘stuf


rep. blake farenthold (r-tx) told cnn’s john berman that the russian hacking of the election was actually an “inside job.” “my fear is our constant focusing on the russians is deflecting away for some other things that we need to be investigating in,” farenthold said. “there’s still some question as to whether the intrusion of the dnc server was an inside job or whether or it was the russians.”“i’m sorry, i’m sorry, i’m sorry,” berman repeated, seemingly shocked. “the ‘inside job?’ what are you referring to here because i hope it’s not this information that fox news just refused to be reporting.”farenthold then went on to create a conspiracy theory claiming that the dnc contracted their own cybersecurity firm to dive through their data breach and it could have been faked. “congressman, do






house to vote next week on required anti-harassment training


washington — the house will vote next week on requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs.speaker paul ryan said earlier this month that the training would be required, but lawmakers say in a statement friday that a vote on the bipartisan resolution to mandate training is expected next week. the senate has already approved a measure requiring all senators, staff and interns to be trained on preventing sexual harassment.the house's vote comes at a time when multiple men in entertainment, media and politics have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to sexual harassment, assault and rape.democratic congressman john conyers of michigan and democratic sen. al franken of minnesota are among those who have been the subject of accusa






reports of sexual harassment surface against 2 lawmakers in olympia


the national reckoning over workplace sexual harassment came to the capitol this week, with allegations surfacing about two former legislators and more women talking about a culture they say needs more safeguards against abuses.olympia — the national reckoning over workplace sexual harassment came to the capitol with blunt force this week, with allegations surfacing about two former legislators and more women opening up about a culture they say needs more safeguards against abuses. the issue emerged this week with a story in the (tacoma) news tribune and the nw news network examining the culture inside the legislature. the associated press followed wednesday with a report that featured three women accusing former democratic rep. brendan williams of sexual harassment and assault during his






'the late show' drops jeremy piven interview amid sexual harassment allegations


a pre-taped interview with "wisdom of the crowd" actor jeremy piven will no longer air on friday's episode of "the late show with stephen colbert" amid sexual harassment allegations against the actor.according to a spokesperson from cbs, the interview was taped on monday, oct. 30, before news of the allegations broke. "since we were unable to address recent developments in that interview, we are replacing that segment with a new guest," the spokesperson told variety.piven was on the show to promote "wisdom of the crowd," which premiered on cbs oct. 1.piven "unequivocally" denied the allegations of harassment leveled by reality star ariane bellamar, who wrote in a series of tweets that piven had groped her multiple times, both on the set of "entourage" and at the playboy mansion.cbs release






can a cake baker be a cleric, an artist and a businessman all at once?


captionthree major fires erupted in southern california. president trump is expected to declare jerusalem the capital of israel. russia's olympic team was banned from the upcoming 2018 winter games in pyeongchang, south korea. rep. john conyers jr. resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment by female employees.  three major fires erupted in southern california. president trump is expected to declare jerusalem the capital of israel. russia's olympic team was banned from the upcoming 2018 winter games in pyeongchang, south korea. rep. john conyers jr. resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment by female employees. 






halperin book deal, hbo project canceled in the wake of harassment claims


msnbc has announced halperin would leave his role as a contributor amid the accusations, and his book publisher and hbo canceled projects about the 2016 election.        






new york's tv industry riddled by harassment accusations


we ask the question in the wake of the matt lauer firing: does new york's tv workplace culture lead to sexual harassment?        






suburban n.y. chefs react to mario batali sexual harassment allegations


batali, co-owner of tarry lodge in port chester, stepped down from his restaurant group following sexual harassment accusations.        






mercedes-benz, hyundai pull ads from bill o'reilly's show amid sex charges


pressure continued to mount on fox news on tuesday to address harassment accusations against its top-rated host, bill o'reilly, as the national organization for women called for his ouster and eight companies said they were pulling their advertisements from his show.now has called for o'reilly to be fired and for an independent investigation to be conducted into the culture at fox news. "fox news is too big and too influential to simply let this go. women have the right to go to work without facing harassment," terry o'neill, president of now, said tuesday. "men like mr. o'reilly and mr. ailes will never be stopped as long as their behavior is allowed to continue, even supported, by their employer."she referred to roger ailes, the former chairman and chief executive, who left fox after he






fox renewed bill o'reilly deal despite harassment suit


image copyrightreutersimage caption o'reilly is known to have settled at least six sexual harassment suits former fox news commentator bill o'reilly was handed a new contract in january, despite the network's parent company knowing he had recently settled a sexual harassment case.the $32m (£24m) settlement was paid to former fox legal analyst lis wiehl, according to the new york times.in a statement, parent company 21st century fox said was aware of the settlement, but not the sum, when it signed a $25m-a-year contract renewal.o'reilly has denied any wrongdoing.he was forced to resign in april following a raft of sexual harassment allegations. the settlement with wiehl - which was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the times - is one of six involving o'reilly that are in






weinstein's impact: list of men accused of sexual misconduct


new york — since the new york times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against hollywood mogul harvey weinstein in october, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the u.s. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.to be sure, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before. but the accusations against weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. president donald trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him during last year's presidential campaign.






weinstein's impact: list of men accused of sexual misconduct


new york — since the new york times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against hollywood mogul harvey weinstein in october, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the u.s. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.to be sure, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before. but the accusations against weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. president donald trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him during last year's presidential campaign.






conyers resigns from congress amid harassment allegations, endorses son to succe


the son of rep. john conyers jr. - the embattled congressman who announced his sudden retirement tuesday - may be headed for his father's seat, carrying on a decades-long political dynasty in michigan. conyers, d-mich., resigned tuesday amid allegations of sexual harassment; in doing so, the erstwhile... (lindsey bever)






sen. franken in peril as democrats and senate leadership unite to call for his r


sen. al franken's political career is in peril after dozens of his democratic senate colleagues and the chamber's leadership called on him to resign his seat amid a slew of accusations of sexual harassment and groping.        






ivanka trump: harassment of women at work can’t be tolerated


she spoke at the world assembly for women amid growing attention to sexual harassment.        






professors urge students to avoid u. of rochester after sexual harassment scanda


hundreds of professors sign letter advising students not to attend university of rochester after its handling of sexual harassment accusations.        






amazon studios chief suspended amid sexual harassment allegations


the actor james van der beek revealed wednesday that he, too, faced sexual harassment early in his career, in the wake of mounting allegations of serial sexual harassment and assault against movie producer harvey weinstein. in a series of tweets, the 40-year-old "dawson's creek" star denounced... (mary hui)






wachs calls for overhaul of sexual harassment protections


madison, wis. (ap) — democratic state rep. dana wachs is calling for an overhaul of workplace protections against sexual harassment in the wisconsin legislature.wachs is one of several democrats running for governor in 2018. on monday, the eau claire attorney called for an overhaul in training, reporting and settlement procedures for sexual harassment and assault in the legislature.wachs says gov. scott walker and republicans who have been in majority control of the legislature since 2011 have failed to take proactive steps to create a more responsive, transparent system.walker’s campaign spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.most read storiescyber sale! save 90% on digital access.no current wisconsin lawmaker has been accused of sexual misconduct since a recent bu






'loud house' showrunner chris savino fired by nickelodeon after sexual harassmen


chris savino, the creator of the nickelodeon cartoon “the loud house,” has been fired by the network after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.savino is the latest hollywood figure to lose his job over sexual harassment accusations in the wake of the widening scandal that has consumed the entertainment industry after the downfall of movie mogul harvey weinstein.“chris savino is no longer working with nickelodeon,” a spokeswoman for the viacom-owned kids network said thursday in a statement. “we take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”nickelodeon had previously suspended savino, 46, after sexual harassment allegations surf






clint dempsey’s return makes the seattle sounders an even scarier opponent for m


aug 21, 2016; seattle, wa, usa; seattle sounders fc forward clint dempsey (2) celebrates with his teammates after a game against the portland timbers at centurylink field. dempsey had two goals and seattle won 3-1.  jennifer buchanan-usa today sports it was recently revealed that the seattle sounders’ clint dempsey will return to full training after months of a medically-induced absence caused by an irregular heartbeat. this is obviously good news, and hopefully he is lucky enough to remain healthy.from a soccer standpoint, dempsey’s arrival in training p could elevate the sounders from defending mls cup champions to potential 2017 treble candidates. he adds an element to that team that they did not have even when they lifted mls’s most valuable trophy, making their newfound prowess a sc