NEWARK, N.J. ― New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was told about the lane closures that led to the “Bridgegate” scandal a month before they occurred, a former aide testified on Friday, contradicting Christie’s statements that he only learned about them afterward. Bridget Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, told jurors in federal court in Newark that she discussed the plan to shut down access lanes at the George Washington Bridge with Christie in August 2013, and again in September as it was ongoing. Kelly, who is on trial for her alleged role in the plot, said she believed at the time that the closures were a legitimate traffic study, not a politically motivated scheme, and described it as such to Christie. Prosecutors have charged Kelly and former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni, Christie’s highest-ranking political appointee at the transportation agency, with creating massive traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as payback after the town’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, refused to back Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign. Christie has denied any knowledge of or involvement in the plot, but the resulting scandal helped torpedo his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He is currently a top adviser to Donald Trump, the Republican nominee. Kelly testified that former Port Authority executive David Wildstein, the confessed mastermind, told her he was planning to close down lanes to test out alternative traffic patterns. He said he envisioned a news conference where Christie could take credit for lessening commuting time at the bridge and asked her to run the study by Christie, according to Kelly. Kelly said Christie told her the study sounded fine on the afternoon of Aug. 12. The next morning, Kelly sent what is now an infamous email to Wildstein in which she said, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” But Kelly said on Friday she was simply adopting the language that Wildstein often used when talking about possible gridlock. “When you said, ‘Time for traffic problems,’ was that intended to be a code to punish Mayor Sokolich?” asked Kelly’s attorney, Michael Critchley. “Absolutely not,” Kelly replied, adding that if she had chosen the words “traffic study” instead, she might not be in court. Kelly also partially corroborated Wildstein’s testimony that he and Baroni discussed the lane closures with Christie as they were occurring on Sept. 11. (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Andrew Hay) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Another year, another London Bullion Market Association conference, and this year was full of what HSBC senior analyst James Steel described as “restrained optimism.” A similar description was given of the recent Denver Gold conference in Colorado Springs, where one fund manager summed the mood up as “veiled optimism.” But this didn’t stop an air […] The post Zero wedge: Shrinking margins and increased regulation leaves ‘restrained optimism’ for gold appeared first on The Barrel Blog.
'Apple pie, baseball, democracy. As an American, there are some basic things you should defend and stand up for,' said a Virginia Republican.
The GOP still clings to the idea that it's the party of "traditional values" and "strict construction" of the U.S. Constitution even while breaking with past precedent in radical and reckless ways. It's clear by their actions over the past 22 years that the Republicans are willing to chuck precedent and tradition out the window if they believe it will serve their narrow partisan interests. Let's review: In 1994, when the Republicans won the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years the first thing they did was shut down the government in an unprecedented attempt to extort the Democratic president to bow down to their demands to voucherize Medicare. The full-throated denunciation of the U.S. government as a new form of "tyranny" coming from Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and radio shock jocks like Rush Limbaugh, helped create the politically toxic environment that led a handful of right-wing extremists to truck bomb the main federal office building in Oklahoma City. When the government shutdown tactic faced public opprobrium the House Republicans moved on to transforming their oversight function into a partisan attack machine. Abusing their subpoena power, as well as the post-Watergate rules requiring "Special Prosecutors" to be appointed when evidence of administration wrongdoing surfaced, they took the unprecedented step of impeaching a Democratic president for trying to hide a private sexual relationship. The Republican Justices on the Supreme Court had ruled that the partisan investigations of President Bill Clinton would not impair his ability to carry out his constitutional obligations. Boy were they wrong. After the federal government was tied in knots for the better part of two years over the Monica Lewinsky revelations, the Clinton sex scandal became the functional equivalent of a government shutdown by other means. The Republicans not only forced the country to endure months of graphic descriptions of the president's trysts with his young intern, but also revealed their own shameless hypocrisy when Speakers Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston were both exposed as serial adulterers even while denouncing Clinton's "character." The Republicans then settled on the boring and outwardly asexual Dennis Hastert as Speaker. Hastert, the creator of the hyper-partisan "Hastert Rule" that the Republicans in the House still dutifully enforce (where no bills are allowed to come up for a vote unless a "majority of the majority" approves them) is today in prison for illegally spending millions of dollars to try to cover up his earlier life as a sexual predator. It turns out that the longest serving Republican House Speaker in American history was a pedophile. All of these extreme actions of the 1990s showed that the GOP had no qualms about breaking with precedent and tradition (or "family values") if it furthered its partisan objectives. And these acts of unprecedented partisanship and recklessness continued into the 21st Century. In 2000, the Republican attacks on anyone advocating recounting the vote tally in the state of Florida to find out who really won the presidential election dovetailed perfectly with the five Republican-appointed Supreme Court Justices stepping in to rule George W. Bush the winner. These actions were unprecedented and no election has come close to the irregularities in the 2000 race, except for maybe the thoroughly messed up Hayes-Tilden debacle in 1876. But the Republicans' break with precedent and tradition was just getting started. After eight years of Republican misrule, and four full years (2003-2007) where they ran the whole government, they left the country in the worst shape since the Great Depression. And the moment Barack Obama was sworn in as president in January 2009 the Republicans began to obstruct everything the new president wanted to do to try to deal with the economic crisis. Their wrath was unprecedented in its vindictiveness and bile. House members yelled "You Lie!" at the president in the middle of a State of the Union address, a kind of outburst that hadn't happened since the lead up to the Civil War; they questioned whether the president was born in the United States; they claimed he was a Kenyan Mau-Mau, and so on. The reception Republicans gave the first African-American president, a chief executive who constantly shunned his own base to reach across the aisle to work with them, was shameful in its thinly veiled racism. And in 2010, when the Republicans won the House they wasted no time in once again shutting down the government, this time inventing the novel tactic of holding the "debt ceiling" hostage to extort draconian budget cuts from the Democratic president. Never before had the viability of the world's reserve currency been held hostage in this manner, which was a move that even some of the Republicans' most important corporate boosters thought was too extreme. Once again, the Republicans showed their willingness to put the perceived political interests of their party ahead of what was best for the country they claim to love so dearly. And then, following the 2010 census Republicans at the state level moved to cement their political advantage through the most aggressive gerrymandering the nation had seen since the early 19th Century. Later, we saw the Republican House invite a foreign head of state to lambaste the sitting president over an international nuclear arms agreement, an unprecedented step that the Republicans no doubt would have denounced as "treason" had a Democratic House done the same thing to a Republican president. And following that slight to the office of the presidency's ability to manage U.S. foreign policy, the Republicans in the Senate under Mitch McConnell took the unprecedented action of refusing to allow a vote for the president's nominee of a Supreme Court Justice. So the Republicans in the House and the Senate moved from attacking the Democratic President to attacking the office of the presidency itself - all for what they believe to be in the service of narrow partisan gain. Which brings us to the disgraceful way the Republicans have handled the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. They gave the country in the form of their 2016 presidential nominee a person who is not only unfit for the presidency, but who is a charlatan, misogynist, con artist and sexual predator. Then they rallied around this unstable person as the Republican standard bearer even after all of his stinging insults aimed at Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled, women, immigrants, Jews, and any other group that doesn't fit into his white supremacist worldview - all the while the Republicans still claimed to be the party of "patriotism" and "family values." Bernie Sanders pointed out during the primaries that the GOP has become a "fringe party"; but the process that brought the Republicans to this sordid juncture has been long in coming. The only way any social progress can happen in this country is if this fringe extremist party is pushed aside. We cannot "reach across the aisle" and meet these bigots "half way." Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't go to the Republicans begging them to sign on to his Social Security and other New Deal programs; Lyndon Baines Johnson didn't go hat in hand to the Republicans asking them to meet him in "the middle" on Medicare and the Great Society. These gains were only done at a time when the Republican Party was totally sidelined and was in no position to obstruct progress. Let the Republicans whine about "rigged" elections and scream about "big gov'mint" - it's time for the adults to take charge. The whole Trump phenomenon should at long last drive home the fact - along with the last quarter century of American political history - that the Republican Party in its current form must be vanquished if we are to move forward as a nation. It might take several more election cycles to attain this goal, but when you hear pundits talk about how Hillary Clinton must "move to the center" and "reach across the aisle" let us remember this recent history. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
What do you get when you create a protest that combines two absurd moments from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? A “great, great, wall” of taco trucks! At least five taco trucks plan to line up in front of Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel in protest against the GOP nominee Wednesday morning, just a few miles from the site of the final presidential debate. The rally is being organized by the Culinary Union, which has opposed Trump’s campaign since workers at Trump International Hotel voted to unionize in December. The group claims Trump refuses to bargain with them. From #LA to Las Vegas to build a #walloftacotrucks and knock on doors!! #1u #strongertogether @Culinary226 @unitehere pic.twitter.com/zKqZO4mfKg— Lisa Ndecky Llanos (@yanosfuimos) October 19, 2016 “We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” Yvanna Cancela, Culinary Union’s political director, said in an interview with BuzzFeed. The group will be joined by at least 50 immigrant activists and leaders from Los Angeles, as well as members of the Latino Victory Project, American Bridge, Center for Community Change Action, For Our Future and PLAN Action. #SiSePuede we can #DefeatTrump #Nevada here we come! .@Culinary226 #StrongerTogether #WallOfTacos @Marc_Perrone #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/TgwEJ1AYvQ— Anthony (@hollywoodblvd1) October 18, 2016 Snapchat filter. ✅ #boycotttrump pic.twitter.com/YT4L7mqG24— The Culinary Union (@Culinary226) October 19, 2016 The rally begins at 10 a.m. local time. The Trump campaign told BuzzFeed it welcomes the trucks, as campaign workers would never pass up the chance to eat a good taco. In case you don’t recall how exactly taco trucks were dragged into the 2016 presidential race, here’s a refresher: Latinos for Trump founder @MarcoGutierrez: "you're gonna have taco trucks on every corner" #inners https://t.co/Vifo3q7Ah8— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) September 2, 2016 Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
As noted by Ziegler, Hayes, and Lambert (1), most publications in food science are about food compositions and their related health effects. However, our paper (2) focuses on a new electrorheological (ER) technology, which works with all samples from major chocolate manufacturers in reducing chocolate’s viscosity and lowering the fat...
Por Fermín Vivancoy Lukas Keller Fermín Vivanco posee más de 20 años de experiencia en finanzas inclusivas. En el FOMIN lidera proyectos que son parte del área Ciudades Inclusivas, centrándose en soluciones y tecnologías financieras urbanas, en empresariado social, y en ahorros, incluyendo ahorro previsional. En 2016, cuando pensamos en innovaciones en servicios financieros pensamos en Fintech. Hoy, muchas innovaciones llegan en forma de nuevas apps para un teléfono inteligente, que facilitan un producto o mejoran un servicio financiero, como dividir el importe de un regalo o enviar dinero a un amigo. Sin embargo, estas "apps" están más bien diseñadas para los clientes locales, lo que nos lleva a preguntarnos ¿qué innovaciones financieras están pensadas en los más de 230 millones de inmigrantes qué hay en el mundo? Si bien es cierto que existen Transferwise o Xoom, hay pocas innovaciones que no estén relacionadas directamente con las remesas. Un reciente estudio revela que, si bien el 69% de los migrantes de América Latina y el Caribe en España envían dinero a sus familiares en la región, solamente un 20% de los flujos son recibidos mediante depósitos en cuentas bancarias. Recibir pagos sólo en efectivo es costoso y limita las oportunidades de inclusión financiera de las familias receptoras; por ejemplo, la posibilidad de ahorrar en una cuenta bancaria. Entre los migrantes latinoamericanos en España también es limitado el uso de productos financieros formales. El estudio detecta que un 86% de los migrantes latinoamericanos reporta tener una cuenta bancaria, con todo, sólo un 32% la usa para ahorrar. Esta situación genera oportunidades para diseñar y ofrecer nuevos productos y servicios financieros adaptados a las necesidades de los clientes transnacionales en España y América Latina. Por ejemplo, según un estudio sobre Bancolombia, uno de los bancos más grandes de Colombia y el principal pagador de remesas del país, éste banco otorga crédito para vivienda en Colombia a los migrantes colombianos que viven en Estados Unidos y España, generando patrimonio para ellos mismos y sus familiares en su país de origen. Un área de innovación ha sido la agilización de los procesos de apertura de cuentas corrientes y de ahorro en los países de América Latina tanto para los receptores como para quienes envían remesas. Según otro estudio sobre las experiencias de Banco Familiar en Paraguay, con esta innovación los usuarios pasan de cobrar la remesa de una sola vez --cuando no tienen cuenta-- a hacer retiros parciales de sus envíos --cuando tienen cuenta--. Ello mejora la administración de recursos y proporciona al banco información sobre hábitos de gasto y capacidad de ahorro de corto plazo de las familias receptoras. También sabemos que las innovaciones en productos son solamente una parte de la estrategia para llegar a una mayor inclusión financiera de los hogares transnacionales. Otro elemento importante es el establecimiento de canales innovadores de comunicación y atención al cliente, por los cuales se puede concientizar a los migrantes y sus familiares sobre la oferta de productos adaptados a su situación y que los hacen más fáciles y baratos de acceder y manejar desde la distancia. Un ejemplo de innovación en el desarrollo de canales de comunicación es una plataforma Web de Bancolombia dedicada al segmento del inmigrante colombiano, a través de la cual él puede comunicarse con el personal de esta institución, ya sea a través de un servicio de chat o solicitando que el banco les llame desde Colombia. Bancolombia también ha venido trabajando con los consulados del país para llegar a los potenciales clientes migrantes y para ofrecer charlas educativas, mediante la utilización de un video de educación financiera. No es que el Fintech no tenga potencial para mejorar las vidas económicas de los hogares transnacionales. El potencial existe y así lo demuestra que muchos migrantes hacen pagos directos de productos y servicios para sus familiares en sus países de origen. Las innovaciones tecnológicas ya hacen que estos pagos sean mucho más baratos y rápidos. Sin embargo, es en los servicios financieros de largo plazo donde están los mayores retos para desarrollar y promover nuevos productos, especialmente en una región como América Latina, donde 6 de cada 10 personas no están ahorrando para su retiro. Es verdaderamente un dato impactante el que casi dos de cada tres migrantes envíe dinero a sus madres y padres en América Latina, convirtiendo, de cierto modo esas remesas en un plan de pensiones. El reto será asegurarnos de que no sea el único. Lukas Keller Lukas Keller es consultor en la unidad de Ciudades Inclusivas del FOMIN. Antes, trabajó como Fellow del Programa Carlo Schmid por el FOMIN en temas de remesas e inclusión financiera en ALC. Tiene maestrías en Ciencias Políticas y Administración Publica de las universidades de Rutgers y Konstanz. Del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones blog Tendencias -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Leaders of Thailand’s military government say it’s essential the country's economy keeps moving - despite the king's death. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay has the latest from Bangkok: - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
I talked to Live.me’s communications lead Tyler Hayes about what the live streaming app is doing right, and how it plans to stay relevant in the future and continue its current path of successful growth.
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Wisconsin basketball student athlete Nigel Hayes made quite the statement about student athlete compensation on Saturday with ESPN's College GameDay on campus. Nigel Hayes has arrived at GameDay and, of course, he has a sign. @darrenrovell pic.twitter.com/tMd5Vk4zT9 — Badger Beat (@BadgerBeat) October 15, 2016 His sign referenced a Venmo [...]
Stephen Hayes, Weekly StandardA senior State Department official repeatedly pressed the FBI to change the classification of emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private server, according to FBI interview summaries set to be released in the coming days. Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, discussed providing additional overseas slots for the FBI in exchange for revisions to classifications of the sensitive emails.The 34 summaries, known as FBI 302s, will be released in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request and after pressure from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform....
The head of Thailand's royal advisory council will stand in as regent until the late king's son accedes to the throne. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn says he wants more time to grieve with the people of Thailand his father's death before the formalities are made. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
A royal procession carrying the body of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej travelled on Friday from the Bangkok hospital he died in to the Grand Palace. The king will lie there for a year as his country mourns the loss of the world’s longest reigning monarch. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday it has a “reasonable basis” to believe Yahoo Inc’s massive data breach of email accounts represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its $4.83 billion deal to buy the technology company. Verizon’s general counsel Craig Silliman told reporters at a roundtable in Washington the data breach could trigger a clause in the deal that would allow the U.S. wireless company not to complete it. “I think we have a reasonable basis to believe right now that the impact is material and we’re looking to Yahoo to demonstrate to us the full impact. If they believe that it’s not then they’ll need to show us that,” he said, declining to comment on whether talks are under way to renegotiate the purchase price. Asked for comment, a Yahoo spokesman said: “We are confident in Yahoo’s value and we continue to work towards integration with Verizon.” The deal has a clause that says Verizon can withdraw if a new event “reasonably can be expected to have a material adverse effect on the business, assets, properties, results of operation or financial condition of the business.” Silliman said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved Verizon’s planned acquisition of Yahoo, but it still needs approval from the European Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing the proxy. Verizon has had preliminary briefings from Yahoo but it still needs “significant information” from the company before it makes a final decision on the materiality of the hacking of at least 500 million email accounts, Silliman said. He said Verizon is “absolutely evaluating (the breach) and will make determinations about whether and how to move forward with the deal based on our evaluation of the materiality.” Yahoo shares ended 1.75 percent lower at $41.62, while Verizon was largely unchanged, closing at $50.29, down 0.02 percent. Yahoo in September disclosed that it had fallen victim to a data breach in 2014 that compromised users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. The company has said the cyber attack was carried out by a “state-sponsored” actor, but some private security experts have challenged that assertion. Several Democratic senators have pressed Yahoo to reveal more information about the hack and why it took so long to discover. The internet firm said it learned of the breach this summer while investigating claims of a separate intrusion, but it has not provided a specific timeline of events. Some analysts suggested Verizon may be trying to get a better price. Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics, said “Verizon is rightfully upset about Yahoo not properly disclosing the breach.” He said Yahoo would most likely have to consider renegotiating the price with Verizon, if it came to that. “I don’t think it has much of a choice. Who else would want to buy them?” Entner said. Experts said bidders who try to extract themselves from mergers using the material adverse clause face an uphill battle. No U.S. company has ever invoked the clause successfully in court to get out of a deal. In 2013, Cooper Tire & Rubber company got cold feet about a $2.5 billion sale to Apollo Tyres and argued in the Delaware Court of Chancery that Apollo had seen a material adverse change related to union issues at a subsidiary of the company. The court rejected Cooper Tire’s claims and the deal fell apart. A Delaware court ruled in 2001 that poultry producer Tyson Foods Inc could not terminate its merger with beef producer IBP Inc over accounting irregularities. The court said the shortfall was not due to a long-term problem. (Reporting by David Shepardson, additional reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington, Malathi Nayak in New York and Liana Baker in San Francisco; editing by Leslie Adler, Andrew Hay and Bernard Orr) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
An entire nation hears a man brag about sexually assaulting women. That man says on national television, while millions watch, that they were “just words.” Women come forward to say that that man assaulted them. The women are immediately called liars by a presidential campaign, its high-profile surrogates, and a chunk of the American public. Welcome to 2016. In the hours after four women ― Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks, Mindy McGillivray and Natasha Stoynoff ― publicly (and separately) accused Donald Trump of groping or kissing them without consent, the backlash was swift. As is often the case when women come forward with accusations of sexual assault, these four women were branded liars motivated by a desire for attention and political gain. If they waited to tell their stories publicly, goes this narrative, they must be making them up. We live in a world where female victims of sexual violence are first and foremost assumed to be liars, out to get the men they say abused them. The Trump campaign called The New York Times piece, which included Leeds and Crooks’ stories, “fiction,” and reportedly threatened to sue individual women who make claims against Trump. Trump himself went on Twitter to rage against Stoynoff, Leeds and Crooks. “TOTAL FABRICATION,” he typed in all caps. #NextFakeTrumpVictim began trending Wednesday night into Thursday morning on Twitter, filled with sentiments like, “If your a sexually assaulted and don’t come forward you are part of the problem and you allow yourself to be a victim (sic),” and “These paid actors will come from everywhere. Why wait until now?” Trump advisor and former columnist AJ Delgado told Chris Hayes that “any reasonable woman would have come forward and said something at the time.” Conservative radio host John Fredericks called the allegations “pretty suspicious,” asking why there were “no witnesses.” “Nobody ever went to their human resources department,” he said. “Who does this?” Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” expressed skepticism about the timing of the allegations, saying that he would have come forward sooner. “If I had been sexually harassed by this man — the Megyn Kelly story would have given me an opportunity,” he said. Fox’s Lou Dobbs tweeted to his 792,000 followers what appears to be the personal information of one of Trump’s alleged victims. People wonder why women hesitate to come forward with accusations of sexual assault. This is why. There are no “perks” of publicly accusing someone of sexual violence ― beyond the vague hope of justice. Coming forward means reliving trauma, uncovering memories that may have been buried for years. It means facing the potential skepticism of friends, family, the media, law enforcement and the court system. It means being called a liar ― and much worse. It usually means walking away with nothing. (After all, even being a “famous” victim, doesn’t come with some mythical giant paycheck.) These women knew all of that. They knew that if and when they came forward, Trump would likely target them directly on social media ― as he did Megyn Kelly and Alicia Machado and the Khan family. They knew their stories would be picked apart, that people would wonder why they waited to speak up and why Trump would choose to assault them. They knew that in the context of a contentious presidential campaign, they would be branded as stooges of the Clinton campaign. They knew they would be told that their alleged trauma was a distraction from the “real issues.” "Why didn't these women come forward when they were assaulted?" We're watching this question be answered in real time. https://t.co/bZn6z5plSR— Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) October 13, 2016 And yet Leeds, Crooks, McGillivray and Stoynoff did come forward, spurred by indignation that, when pressed by Anderson Cooper, Trump had explicitly denied he had ever “done those things.” McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post that “she rose from her couch and yelled at the TV screen: ‘You liar!’” Leeds told the NYTimes: “I wanted to punch the screen.” It bears repeating: Donald Trump has a long, well-documented history of misogyny. He has consistently shown disdain for women as human beings. And he has been recorded bragging about “grabbing” women “by the pussy,” and how he “just start[s] kissing them,” remarking that “when you’re a star they let you do it.” Men are given the benefit of the doubt so completely that even hearing a man say he kisses and gropes women without their consent is not enough to believe it. It’s not unreasonable to think that a man who has explicitly bragged about sexually assaulting women may have, in fact, sexually assaulted women. And that, when faced with Trump’s explicit denial that he had ever done such a thing, women might feel compelled to speak up. Except that we live in a rape culture. We live in a world where women are taught to brush off their assaults as the inevitable consequence of existing in a female body. We live in a world where sexual assaults are underreported, and where attackers are rarely punished. We live in a world where famous men routinely get away with groping women by virtue of their status ― and the fear that status invokes in their victims. We live in a world where female victims of sexual violence are first and foremost assumed to be liars, out to get the men they say abused them. We live in a world where men are given the benefit of the doubt so completely that even hearing a man say he kisses and gropes women without their consent is not enough to believe it. If you’re looking for a reason that women decide to bury their trauma instead of report it, this is it. HUFFPOST READERS: What’s happening in your state or district? The Huffington Post wants to know about all the campaign ads, mailers, robocalls, candidate appearances and other interesting campaign news happening by you. 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The Philippine president has promised to investigate extra-judicial killings as part of his war on drugs. Three and a half thousand people have been killed so far. But in his first interview since his inauguration, Rodrigo Duterte told Al Jazeera the campaign against alleged criminals will go on. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Manila. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/