Karen McDougal’s Lawyer Says She Could Still Sue Trump If He Calls Her A Liar





Former Playboy model Karen McDougal reached a settlement with the publisher of the National Enquirer on Wednesday releasing her from her hush agreement, but her lawyer said Thursday morning that McDougal will still defend herself if President Donald Trump goes after her credibility.

“If Donald Trump tweets tomorrow and starts saying that she’s a liar, I feel pretty confident that action will be taken. She is going to defend herself, but she also cares about her privacy and her life” McDougal’s lawyer, Peter Stris, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Part of getting out of this contract is feeling like if she needs to defend herself, she can.”

Stris also said Wednesday night during Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show that while McDougal has settled her issues with American Media, Inc. (AMI), he believes that Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented her while negotiating the contract with AMI, may still face consequences for their alleged involvement.

“Keith Davidson and Michael Cohen are carved out of this lawsuit. We’ll see where things go,” Stris told Maddow. “I’m very confidant that Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson will have to account for the things they have done.”

McDougal sued AMI in March demanding to be released from the contract she signed with the Trump-friendly media company shortly before the 2016 election. The agreement barred McDougal from sharing her story about her alleged affair with Trump in other publications, but AMI never ran a story on the alleged affair. In the lawsuit, McDougal alleged that Cohen was secretly involved in negotiating her contract with AMI. Cohen and Davidson were also involved in negotiating the hush agreement barring porn actress Stormy Daniels from discussing her alleged affair with Trump.


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An Instagram post cost an NFL cheerleader her job, and now she's fighting back





Bailey Davis was fired in January from her job as a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. The offense? An Instagram post.

Now, Davis is protesting her firing in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She feels there's an imbalance between the rules of conduct relating to players versus those relating to "Saintsations," the name for Saints cheerleaders.

"The players have the freedom to post whatever they want to on social media. They can promote themselves, but we can't post anything on our social media about being a Saintsation," Davis told  Lulu Garcia-Navarro on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

"We can't have it in our profile picture, we can't use our last name for media, we can't promote ourselves, but the players don't have the same restrictions."

Trouble started for Davis on Jan. 25, when she shared a photo of herself wearing a lace bodysuit on Instagram. "I wanna break glass ceilings not fit glass slippers," her post read, ending with the hashtag #leveltheplayingfield.



She was fired shortly after for violating the team's code of conduct. Her mother, who worked as the cheerleading squad's choreographer for nearly 18 years, resigned as well.

The team maintains a strict set of rules governing each cheerleader's conduct online and off, according to the NPR report. An NFL spokesperson informed Mashable that cheerleader hiring and conduct policies are set locally, at the team level.

An accompanying statement from the league notes that "the NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices."

The statement continues: "Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace."

Under the Saints rules, according to Davis, Saintsations aren't allowed to appear nude, seminude, or in lingerie in public spaces. Players are not permitted to follow them on social media, and Saintsations themselves need to set their accounts to private. Further, they're expected to leave parties or restaurants if a player shows up.

"The football players have a different job than us, and I completely understand that. But as far as being in the same place as a player, and me being the one who has to be careful about where I'm at, and watch out for them, that's so discriminating," Davis said.

"If I'm [at a place before a player] first, I would still have to leave. And that's not just Saints players, it's any NFL team, or NBA. So anybody from the Pelicans could walk in, and I would have to leave, or I'd be fired."

Davis's complaint takes direct aim at these restrictive rules. Most any pro football player you can think of maintains a public social media presence, and many post photos of themselves that would be considered off-limits for the cheerleaders.

Lots of pro sports players don't have a great track record when it comes to their treatment of women, and it's been a particular problem in the NFL. Davis feels that rules aimed at protecting cheerleaders shouldn't also penalize the ones who need protecting.

The players are the ones that bring crowds to the stadiums week after week, but shouldn't the rules be structured to punish the ones who misbehave? Players might be less inclined to act like horrifying sex monsters if they know their platform is at risk whenever they step out of line.

There's no way to view the text of Davis's EEOC complaint, as the investigation is apparently ongoing.


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Even Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway admits it was Slimeball Comey who swung the election for Trump





Kellyanne Conway continues to be almost as confusing a speaker as her boss, President Trump.

This was most recently evidenced by a television hit in which she admitted that former FBI director James Comey swung the election for Trump. She did this even as she's putting Comey on blast per the White House playbook.

Conway's latest head-scratching moment came on Monday morning during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. The chat came 24 hours after ABC aired Stephanopoulos's much-hyped interview with Comey and Conway certainly had something to say about it.


In case you didn't follow, here's what Conway said: "This guy swung an election. He thought the wrong person would win, his people in his household wanted the other person to win."

Huh. So it seems Conway is criticizing Comey for swinging the election for Trump, something that Conway and Trump benefitted from, I guess? It's really hard to follow, which is nothing new for those who track Conway.

Just for fun, here's what Comey told Stephanopoulos on Sunday about his decision to announce the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server use in late October 2016:  

“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor. I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out."
This was just days before the election (a move that many, including Clinton and, now, Conway, think swung the election for Trump).

Remember, too, that when Trump first fired Comey in 2017, one of the White House's initial defenses of the firing was because of how Comey mishandled the Clinton investigation, though Trump himself would later admit the Russia investigation played a role.

For what its worth, Conway's husband sure doesn't think a lot of the White House's attacks on Comey.


Anyway, this all continues to be a terribly confusing mess in a heap of confusing messes which just goes to show that time is a flat circle, nothing changes, and we are all going to die one day anyway. 


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Matthew Griswold Bevin Apologizes ‘For Those Who Have Been Hurt By The Things That Were Said’





Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) issued a wordy apology on Sunday after he essentially said, two days earlier, that protesting teachers were partially responsible for the sexual abuse of children.
“Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating,” Bevin said, referring to his earlier comments.
Schools shut down across the state Friday as teachers protested for additional education funding and against recent changes to the state’s pension system.
Bevin said of the protesters: “Children were harmed — some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time — because they were vulnerable and left alone.”
On Sunday, Bevin said “I’m sorry,” but buffered the apology with about four minutes of wordy passive voice.
“I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said. It was not my intent whatsoever,” the governor said.
“It’s my responsibility to represent you — not only when I’m speaking to you, but when I’m speaking on your behalf — in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don’t hurt people and don’t confuse people,” he added, addressing public employees. “And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don’t do it well, that’s on me.”
“I do again— I’m sorry for those of you, every single of one of you, that has been hurt by things that I have said.”


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Tim Draper's Bitcoin tie proves the world isn't ready for cryptofashion





I'll say this for venture capitalist Tim Draper: he is fully committed to the gimmick. 

Appearing on the Fox News show of sentient bowtie Tucker Carlson, Draper donned a Bitcoin tie and big Bitcoin broach to discuss his plan to divide the state of California up into three separate states: Northern California, Southern California, and Bitcoinlandia California.

While the "Cal 3" plan is Draper's big current initiative — he says the proposal has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot — Draper is a huge proponent of Bitcoin and has been for a while, having scooped up thousands of bitcoin seized from dark web marketplace Silk Road and auctioned off by the U.S. government.

Besides appearing on Carlson's show, Draper also hosted a 2018 Block (Chain) Party on Thursday night where he came away with rather lofty expectations for the future value of the volatile cryptocurrency.


As for the tie, Draper actually has worn a Bitcoin tie before, and he has a penchant for questionable tie choices overall. Most prominent is the tie he used to flash for his previous splitting up California plan, Six Californias.


Maybe once Bitcoin hits that high value again, Tim can afford some slightly more stylish ties.


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Mark Levin and Andrew McCarthy discuss Cohen raid





Mark Levin had Andrew McCarthy on his show tonight to discuss the Cohen raids by Mueller and the FBI. I’ve got the full audio interview for you to listen, along with Levin’s remarks at the end of the interview. As you can probably imagine from Levin’s previous comments on this, he’s very troubled by it.
Here ya go!


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