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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Red Cross General Counsel Resigns Over Handling of Sexual Assault Allegations

American Red Cross General Counsel David Meltzer has resigned after a ProPublica story detailed troubling aspects of how he handled a sexual misconduct case involving another senior official at the charity.

In his resignation letter, dated Jan. 31 and effective immediately, Meltzer wrote to American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern that he deeply regretted his handling of the case. “I want to ensure that the reputation of the institution remains strong and that nothing interferes with the organization’s ability to effectively carry out its important mission,” his letter says.

In an organization-wide email this morning, McGovern announced the resignation. “Over the course of the last year, we have seen news accounts of other organizations and institutions contending with serious instances of sexual harassment and the harmful repercussions that such misconduct can create.



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Trump’s Economic Sugar Rush Sours As GDP Growth Falls In Final Quarter

For months, right-wing media has been pushing the narrative of a “Trump economic boom” that the POTUS will ride to reelection in 2020…if only the Russia collusion scandal blows over by then.

It doesn’t look like the economy is cooperating.

U.S. economic growth slowed significantly in the fourth quarter of 2017, under-performing expectations with only a 2.6% expansion of GDP. The number represents the domestic economy’s worst showing since last winter.

It’s a far cry from Trump’s breathless prediction of 6% GDP growth  in December, or even Breitbart’s giddy coverage of the New York Fed prediction of 3.9% final-quarter growth.

And it isn’t good news for the national debt either.…

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Second Women’s March Again Brings Massive Protest Crowds Into Streets

It’s been exactly a year since the historic 2017 Women’s March, which brought millions out to protest Trump’s inauguration, flooding the streets of the nation with pink knitted hats. Millions have taken to the streets again this weekend for the Women’s March 2018, empowered by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and fed up with Trump’s increasingly authoritarian and anti-immigrant policies, his war-mongering and his tantrum-centric presidency.

This year’s march arrived just one day after Trump’s attempt to block Planned Parenthood funding and amid a dramatic government shutdown centering on immigration. The shutdown came as Democrats and several Republicans refused to accept the border wall funding and deportation policies proposed by the Trump administration and the GOP in the federal funding bill.…

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