Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It

Another day, another creep story. And this time it’s Al Franken:

Broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) “forcibly kissed” her and groped her during a USO tour in 2006, saying that “there’s nothing funny about sexual assault.”

“You knew exactly what you were doing,” Tweeden wrote in a blog post for Los Angeles radio station KABC, for whom she works as a morning news anchor. “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”

The allegations came two days after a stunning hearing where lawmakers acknowledged sexual harassment is a pervasive problem on Capitol Hill.

Here’s Leeann’s full story.

Trump Admin. to reverse ban on elephant trophies from Africa

From ABC News:

The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to import trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed to ABC News today.

Even though elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import these trophies if there is evidence that the hunting actually benefits conservation for that species. The official said they have new information from officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia to support reversing the ban

This change only applies to elephants in those two countries but questions about using game hunting to generate money for conservation efforts also came up during the controversy after Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe in 2015.

The Worst Person in the World

In a world of Donald Trumps and Roy Moores, this guy somehow manages to be worse:

Update:
He was interviewed by NBC Boston and is now saying he was just doing satire and he supports the dispensary. Maybe it’s not the best environment to be breaking out your Andy Kaufman chops dude. When the current POTUS openly mocks the disabled, all bets are off.

Roy Moore has a New Accuser

And I’d place a lot of money on this being the tip of the iceberg. Congratulation GOP. He’s all yours.

A Gadsden woman says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time.

In the past week, Moore has been accused by five other women of a range of behaviors that include sexual misconduct with a woman when she was 14, and sexual assault of another when she was 16. This is the first public accusation of physical contact that happened after Moore was married.


Update:

Two more accusers. Two.

Republican Conspiracy Charts

The GOP has gone full Glenn Beck:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has a reputation as one of the more colorful members of Congress. But he outdid himself Tuesday afternoon, putting together an essentially incoherent chart connecting various conspiracy theories about the Obama administration and holding it up during a congressional hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The intent of the chart is to say that the Justice Department discredited itself during the Obama years and is somehow connected to the Uranium One scandal dominating conservative media. Special counsel Robert Mueller was one of President Obama’s two FBI directors (Jim Comey, later fired by President Trump, was the other). It allegedly illustrates connections between the DOJ under Obama and various alleged scandals (e.g., “Benghazi.”)

Not to be outdone, a caffeine deprived Sean Hannity decides to have a go at it himself:

Hillary seems to have to go through a lot of channels to have a chat with her husband.