Rep. Lee Accused of Retaliating Against #MeToo Staffer
A former staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired last year in retaliation for legal action the staffer planned to bring against the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) related to an alleged rape.
“Jane Doe” claimed she was raped in October 2015 while a CBCF intern by her supervisor at the time. A criminal investigation proved inconclusive and she did not immediately pursue legal action, though she met with CBCF reps. In 2017 “Doe,” then a staffer for Lee, the chair of the CBCF’s Board of Directors, was fired when the incident came to light, “Doe” claims.
In a statement released Thursday, Lee’s office denied “that it retaliated against, or otherwise improperly treated” the staffer.
CNN: ‘Beto’ is Dripping With ‘White Male Privilege’
CNN has posted an op-ed claiming that Democrat presidential hopeful Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke
Beto’s excellent adventure drips with white male privilege,
A black woman like failed Georgia Senate candidate Stacey Abrams “couldn’t do this,” Henderson added.
Trump Cancels Pelosi’s Foreign Trip During Shutdown
President Trump sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, canceling her upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” he wrote. “I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the strong border security movement to end the shutdown,” he wrote.
The letter echoed Pelosi’s letter to the President sent on Wednesday, urging him to cancel his State of the Union speech on January 29.
Kaepernick Unhappy Rapper is Performing at Super Bowl
Former NFL quarterback and anti-anthem activist Colin Kaepernick is reportedly unhappy that rapper Travis Scott had decided to perform at the Super Bowl.
A long list of performers including Cardi B, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Meek Mills are boycotting performing in the Super Bowl halftime show this year and urging other performers to join them in a show of support for Kaepernick, who can’t get a team to hire him due to his controversial presence.
Scott, though, demanding that the NFL make a large donation to a social justice cause in return for his performance, agreed to perform alongside rock band Maroon 5.
Ocasio-Cortez Speech Breaks C-SPAN Record
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made C-SPAN history on Wednesday during her first speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Ocasio-Cortez addressed her colleagues on Capitol Hill for nearly four minutes, talking about one of her constituents in the Bronx — an air traffic controller who recently missed his first paycheck due to the partial government shutdown.
According to Howard Mortman, communication director for the public cable network, said that at 1.16 million views in just over 12 hours, Ocasio-Cortez’s address became the “most-viewed” video of a House member’s remarks ever tweeted by the channel.
‘The View’ Hosts Tell De Blasio He ‘Screwed Up’ NYC
The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg complained that the show’s guest on Wednesday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, “screwed the city up.”
“Know what’s really pissing me off?” Goldberg told him. “You built 83 miles or protected bike lanes. I like bikes, I like people who ride, but I don’t think you understand the impact of taking something like Tenth Avenue, which is six lanes, down to two and a half. Particularly when you have a winter storm and you can’t move. None of that is moveable.”
De Blasio replied that the plan was to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities. Goldberg wasn’t buying it. “But you screwed the city up,” she said.