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The Daily BeastAug 17, 2019
Models Say Jeffrey Epstein's Closest Pal Drugged, Raped Them
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyEven as he was serially abusing underage girls, billionaire financier Jeffrey Esptein managed to collect a stable of powerful, famous friends: former presidents, prime ministers, lawyers, and scientists with whom he could discuss his plans to improve the human race with his own DNA. But Epstein's closest pal appears not to have been a prominent politician or top academic, but a sleazy, scandal-prone modeling agent with virtually limitless connections to underage women around the world.

Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, is the former head of Karin Models and Mc2—two well-regarded international modeling agencies that launched the careers of cover girls like Ginta Lapina, Juana Burga and Sessilee Lopez. He has also been accused by former models of drugging and date-raping them, and by former employees of recruiting foreign, underage girls to be pimped out of Epstein's New York apartments.

Brunel and his attorney did not respond to multiple calls and emails seeking comment. The modeling agent has previously denied any sexual miscond

The Daily BeastAug 17, 2019
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Earn Different Pockets of Black Support
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe primary-within-the-primary for black support is underway.

On one side, there's the Congressional Black Caucus, the preeminent group of African-American power brokers representing their districts in Washington. On the other, rank-and-file black voters across the country. And in a field with nearly two dozen contenders, only two candidates are overwhelmingly leading in either camp.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is ahead by every conceivable national metric with black voters, a critical demographic essential to winning the Democratic nomination in 2020. But he has a direct competitor for support among Washington's influential political class in Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the only black woman competing for the White House who edged ahead of him this week with endorsements from the CBC.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Reuters PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Trump gets update from aides on Afghan peace plan with troop pullout possible
President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.

Trump meets advisers on Afghan peace plan (Reuters Politics)
Lindsey Graham pushes Trump to keep military presence in Afghanistan (CNN Politics)

Fox PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Trump suggests 'setup' after Tlaib rejects Israel's invite: 'Israel acted appropriately!'
President Trump suggested that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., may have tried to set up the Israeli government after she backed away from her stated intention to visit her grandmother in the Middle East nation.

Washington Post PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Elizabeth Warren proposes plan to aid Native American communities
The Massachusetts Democrat has been targeted by President Trump for her past claims of Native American ancestry.

CNN PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Joe Lieberman: Israel made a 'serious mistake' in barring Omar and Tlaib from entering country
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, the first and only Jewish candidate on a major party's presidential ticket in US history, called it a "serious mistake" for Israel to bar the first two Muslim women elected to Congress from visiting the country.

What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank (Democracy Now)

Reuters PoliticsAug 16, 2019
White House says Afghan peace talks are 'proceeding'
President Donald Trump met with his national security team on Friday to discuss Afghan peace talks and the meeting went "very well, and negotiations are proceeding," the White House said in a statement.

How Trump trips up his own Afghan peace efforts (Politico)

New York Times PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Why Are These Democrats Too Good for the Senate?
Several high-profile Democrats would rather hold on to their low-polling presidential campaigns instead of running for the Senate. Has it lost its appeal?

New York Times PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Debate Flares Over Afghanistan as Trump Considers Troop Withdrawal
President Trump met with top advisers on Friday to discuss a deal with the Taliban that could begin a final American exit from the country.

Washington Post PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Lewandowski says he'll happily appear before Judiciary panel next month and defend Trump
The president's former campaign manager, who received a subpoena Thursday, is mulling a Senate bid from New Hampshire. He said he'll decide whether to run in October.

New York Times PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Eyeing Greenland, Trump Again Mixes Real Estate With Diplomacy
The president, ever the real estate maven, has marveled over Greenland's untapped natural resources. But an expert says his interest represents an "antiquated way of looking at things."

Reuters PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says 'happy' to testify before Congress
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said on Friday that he was "happy" to testify before the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee as part of a congressional investigation of the Trump presidency.

Washington Post PoliticsAug 16, 2019
A toxic rift opens between Democrats and Israel after the nation refuses entry to two members of Congress
Support for the Middle Eastern democracy had ebbed as President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became fast allies, fracturing what has been decades of bipartisan support for Israel.

Fox PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Obama reportedly told Biden he didn't have to run in 2020
Former President Barack Obama repeatedly expressed his doubts about former Vice President Joe Biden running in 2020, telling him that he didn't "have to do this."

Fox PoliticsAug 16, 2019
Trump set to meet with officials on Afghanistan, amid concerns over withdrawal plans
President Trump is set to meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal - something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again. 

Trump held conference call with big bank CEOs amid market turmoil -source (Reuters Politics)

Politics - U.S. SenateAug 16, 2019
Is the Senate Really Not ‘Good Enough'?
Several high-profile Democrats would rather hold on to their low-polling presidential campaigns instead of running for the Senate. Has it lost its appeal?
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