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The hidden lesson inside the Alabama election

By most any political estimation, this past week’s Alabama special senate election was an outlier. Democrats generally don’t win statewide races in Alabama and Doug Jones likely wouldn’t have if a series of child molestation stories hadn’t surfaced about Republican candidate Roy Moore. But tallies out of Alabama’s biggest vote-producing counties suggest the election was just another example of a trend that’s shaped the most-watched races of 2017: The GOP’s retreat from the suburbs. More than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday night came out of just five counties…

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Inside Congress’ largest sexual harassment settlement

WASHINGTON — Of all the secret deals cut on behalf of accused members of congress, the one that resulted in the largest settlement yet uncovered may be the most surprising. The details provide a window into a process so opaque, convoluted and confusing that even the accused congressman was left in the dark about exactly how and why his accuser ended up being paid $220,000 for her claim. With new harassment accusations being revealed on a nearly daily basis in Congress, documents obtained by NBC News from this one case…

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Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

LONDON — Russia could try to sever global underwater communications cables, potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the economy and way of life in the West, the head of Britain’s military has warned. The vast majority of global internet and telephone traffic relied on by Western governments, economies and civilians is carried by cables that crisscross the world’s seabeds, according to analysts. NATO has prioritized missions to protect these undersea lines of communication and is working “to match and understand Russian fleet modernization,” Chief Marshall Stuart Peach told the Royal United…

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Kim Jong-un’s shocking least favourite food REVEALED as defector is given lifetime supply

The defector, known only as Oh, is still in hospital after being shot as he made a daring escape from the hermit kingdom. But on waking he is believed to have asked for the food Kim Jong-un hates so much he banned their sale – Wagon Wheels. Wagon Wheels, or Choco Pies as they are known elsewhere in the world, were banned from North Korean shops after the imported chocolate and marshmallow snack became a symbol of capitalism in the country. South Korean Choco Pie producer Orion said Oh could…

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Alyssa Milano’s activism started way before #MeToo and Doug Jones

Alyssa Milano is no stranger to stardom. But in the last couple of months, the actress and activist has received attention for being a driver of change — literally, this week, as she chauffeured voters to the polls in Alabama’s special Senate election. Her recent moment began with her response to the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein: In October, Milano sent a tweet that turned the hashtag #MeToo into a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment. This month, Milano and the creator of the original Me…

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Female House candidate ends campaign after sexual harassment accusations

A female candidate in a congressional race in Kansas ended her campaign Friday after past allegations resurfaced of sexual harassment which were made against her by a former employee. Andrea Ramsey, who had been one of several Democrats running to unseat politically vulnerable Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., in the state’s third congressional district, wrote in a post on her Facebook page that she would exit the in the wake of the allegations. Her announcement came just after the Kansas City Star reported that it had asked her about a 2005…

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Peter Jackson seems to confirm Harvey Weinstein blacklisted actresses

On the night of the Oscars in 1996, 28-year-old Mira Sorvino delivered a tearful acceptance speech after her win for best supporting actress. It was her breakout moment. But just a few years later, Sorvino seemed to disappear from Hollywood. “There may have been other factors,” Sorvino told The New Yorker in October, “but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it.” Mira Sorvino and Harvey Weinstein at Miramax’s 1996 Oscar party on March 25, 1996. BEImages / Rex Features via…

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Silicon Valley VC quits firm amid reports of sexual misconduct – CNET

Shervin Pishevar has resigned from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded in 2013. Stephen Shankland/CNET Shervin Pishevar, an embattled venture capitalist accused of sexual harassment and assault, is stepping down from the Silicon Valley investment firm he co-founded. Pishevar announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital on Thursday, a little more than a week after he said he was taking leave from the VC firm and Hyperloop One to focus on legal action directed at what he calls a “smear campaign” against him. Pishevar, who denies the allegations, said…

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NYPD opens investigation over Russell Simmons accusations

New York City police have opened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Simmons has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by at least five women — including three who told The New York Times that the co-founder of Def Jam Records raped them. A spokesman for the rap impresario said Thursday evening that he “fully supports and will cooperate with the police inquiry and is confident of a swift resolution.” Simmons, 60, has vehemently denied…

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Angela Merkel backs BERLUSCONI: Former PM set for political comeback in Italy election

The former Italian prime minister once mingled with the German Chancellor and other world leaders on a regular basis. But he was forced to resign in 2011 over his management of Italy’s debt crisis and revelations of risqué parties. And after being convicted of tax fraud in 2013, the 81-year-old fell from the limelight as he was forced to carry out a year’s community service at a care home in Milan – and was ultimately written off politically. However now, a far cry from his “bunga bunga party days”, Mr…

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