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Yahoo! BooksAug 05, 2020
The Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever Is Taking Place at, Of All Places, USAID
The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed set to crest with a slap-dash press conference scheduled for this Thursday. But within a day of the presser's announcement, the main protagonist was apparently recanting her accusations and insinuating that Wohl had stolen her phone and signed into her Twitter account to send the offending messages that set off the fireworks that got her fired. The setting of the entire mess was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an agency known largely as a bit of a backwater when it comes to the government's foreign policy apparatus, but one with a $16.8 billion foreign aid budget. On Monday a political appointee and deputy White House liaison there, Merritt Corrigan, took to Twitter to accuse her employer of "anti-Christian" bias. Corrigan's appointment at USAID has been under fire for months over anti-gay tweets she made in 2019 and 2020, including accusing the United States of being a "homo-empire" devoted to a "tyrannical LGBT agenda," tweeting that "female empowerment is a civilizational calamity," and advocating for the creation of a "Christian patriarchy." But on Monday, her targets were both USAID its

Yahoo! TVAug 04, 2020
‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Music Producer Fired After Sexual Harassment Accusation
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" music producer Giovanni Cianci has been fired from the CBS late night show after being accused of sexual harassment, TheWrap has confirmed.Cianci's exit comes after L.A.-based musician Paige Stark posted a screenshot on Instagram in which she detailed a 2010 incident with Cianci. Stark said Cianci attempted "pushed (her) against the wall and tried to kiss (her)" in an elevator at the CMJ Music Festival and became "aggressive" after she resisted, later following her and a friend to a bar.Cianci, who was employed by Lookout Management at the time, has been a music producer on "The Late Show" since 2017. An individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Cianci is no longer with the show.Also Read: Colbert Imagines the Trump Version of 'Good Will Hunting' (Video)"I told several friends and my boyfriend at the time but was too scared to come forward publicly," Stark wrote in her July 22 Instagram post. "I blamed myself despite the fact that I did nothing to warrant Gio's advances or aggression. Countless times I have seen men cover each other, call women crazy and shift blame. At the time this happened I felt no one would support or believe me. I was young and scared."She shared a screenshot of an email she sent to Cianci's former (pre-Colbert) boss in 2017, at the height of the MeToo movement. "I was surprised to receive no response despite the fact that we had emailed in the recent past," she wrote."As I
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