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The Daily BeastAug 16, 2018
‘Criminal and Morally Reprehensible': Vatican Condemns Priest Sex Abuse in Grand-Jury Report
Franco Origlia/GettyROME—The Vatican does things in its own time, and coughing up a response to a damning grand-jury report outlining rampant abuse over seven decades involving more than 300 priests and 1,000 children was no exception. At around 9:30 p.m. in Rome on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke issued a carefully worded statement decrying the actions described in the report as "criminal and morally reprehensible."

This is the first time the Vatican has used the word criminal when referring to sex-abuse allegations by its own clergy. In the past, they have consistently referred to these rampant abuses against children as "sins and omissions" that could be made better through "forgiveness and prayer."  

By using the word criminal, the Vatican appears to acknowledge victims' demands that clerical sex abuse be considered in secular terms, though it is yet to be seen if they agree to cooperate and allow it to be handled in secular courts. For years, the Vatican has dealt with abusers in its own way, which has generally meant moving them to new parishes or swooping them back to Rome for what amounts to protection.

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The Daily BeastAug 16, 2018
Stephen Colbert Roasts Lara Trump for Omarosa Tape: ‘Send My Worst Son's Wife'
CBS"Do you ever think maybe it wasn't worth firing somebody?" Stephen Colbert asked in his monologue Thursday night. Because President Trump has "gotta be thinking that about Omarosa."

Omarosa Manigault-Newman's Unhinged book tour rolled on today with the release of yet another secretly-recorded tape, this one featuring the voice of Lara Trump, wife of Eric, who can be heard offering the fired Trump aide $15,000 a month for a job in which part of the deal would require staying "positive" about the president. In an interview with MSNBC Thursday, Omarosa described the offer as an attempt "to buy my silence, to censor me, and to pay me off."

But after listening to the tape, Colbert really only had one question: "Why is Lara Trump in charge of this?"

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Drudge ReportAug 16, 2018

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CNN PoliticsAug 16, 2018
WSJ: Cohen reversed course on Stormy Daniels payment after Access Hollywood tape release
Michael Cohen informed a representative for Stormy Daniels he was willing to strike a deal to buy her silence only after the release of the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" recording where President Donald Trump can be heard talking about grabbing women without their consent, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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