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Former Exec at Ivanka Trump's Company Says She Had to Fight for Maternity Leave

The former Chief Marketing Officer at Ivanka Trump’s clothing company says there was no maternity leave policy in place when she got there, and that employees had to fight to get Trump to agree to eight weeks paid leave. Marissa Velez Kraxberger wrote on Facebook that after seeing a recent ad where Trump and her root vegetable father tout his proposed maternity leave plan, “I felt like I was going to be ill.”

Ivanka Trump is very proud of something called #WomenWhoWork, which celebrates women who have jobs. She has a book coming out next year about the subject, promising “highly tactical, solution-oriented content” for women in the office.

In her Facebook note, Kraxberger writes that she took the job with Trump when she was two months pregnant, and that the women at the company had to argue at length for that eight weeks. The issue, it sounds like, is that Ivanka herself didn’t need maternity leave, and so seemed not to understand why other people might:

When I first interviewed with Ivanka I was 2 months pregnant, she called to offer me a job, which I was at the time very excited about, and when I asked about maternity leave she said she would have to think about it, that at Trump they don’t offer maternity leave and that she went back to work just a week after having her first child. I somehow was dumb enough to accept the job after agreeing upon having the discussion further down the road about how we would handle the time after my baby was born. Our team—the ones who created#WomenWhoWork and the ones who the hashtag really stood for—fought long and hard to get her to finally agree to 8 weeks paid maternity leave.


Miss Washington 2013 says Donald Trump groped her

s outrage grows over comments made by Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump in 2005, Miss Washington 2013 is sounding off about her run-in with Trump.

According to Yahoo! News, Cassandra Searles made a Facebook post about her time on the Miss USA pageant, where she calls Trump a "misogynist" who "treated us like cattle."

The full Facebook post says:

“Do y’all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property? Oh I forgot to mention that guy will be in the running to become the next President of the United States. I love the idea of having a misogynist as the President. #‎HeWillProbablySueMe ‬‪#‎iHaveWorseStoriesSoComeAtMeBro‬ ‪#‎Drumpf‬."
According to Rolling Stone, Searles added in a comment on her initial post's thread, "He probably doesn't want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room."

Trump owned the Miss USA pageant from 2002 to 2015.


Is the Utah poll the tip of an iceberg?

It's obvious that Mornons don't like Trump when you look at that latest Utah poll. But does it have implications for Nevada, Idaho and Arizona, which also have significant LDS communities?

Chris Cilliza: Utah, Arizona and Indiana are slipping away from Trump

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The 2016 electoral map is rapidly slipping away from Donald Trump. Utah, Arizona and Indiana now all in the mix. http://wpo.st/q5l42


Morning Consult: Hillary wins debate 42-28

Just flashed across my phone.

Is something wrong with George W Bush?

Let me be more specific. Has anyone else thought he looks like a man with the early onset of dimentia? He reminds me of a family friend started off acting like a child before doctors told him and his family that he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Did anyone else get that sense?

Billy Bush bragged about vulgar Trump video to NBC staffers

Billy Bush brazenly bragged to NBC staff about the vulgar Donald Trump tape while covering the Olympics in Rio, multiple sources tell Page Six.

Proving the infamous Ryan Lochte interview wasn’t Bush’s only Rio recklessness, the shamed “Today” host boasted at a party in August that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog,” prompting staffers at “Access Hollywood” to track it down.

Bush never told NBC News brass about the tape when he joined “Today,” and they’re not happy about it. “Billy was bragging about the tape to other NBC staff while in Rio. If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” the insider said, adding it could violate the “morality clause” in his contract.

Another insider added, “It is not clear if Billy remembered the exact level of vulgarity in the conversation with Trump, or if he instead realized its news value and didn’t declare it to protect himself.”


Clinton super PAC considers expanding to Senate races

Washington (CNN)The leading super PAC trying to elect Hillary Clinton is preparing to expand beyond the presidential race and potentially run television ads focused on a handful of competitive Senate races.

Until now, Priorities USA has spent the 2016 election cycle entirely focused on the top of the ticket -- getting Clinton elected. The fact that they may use their resources to also promote Democratic candidates in down-ballot races suggests how increasingly confident they are in a Clinton victory.

According to a source familiar with the plans, Priorities USA is currently producing television ads to potentially air in Senate contests in North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania -- all competitive races that are also battleground states for the presidential race.

Other Senate races could also be targeted, and potentially even some top-tier House seats that Democrats think they have a shot at taking from Republicans.

Although plans are still being finalized, the push would likely start next week, and last three weeks until Election Day.
Officials at Priorities USA have been polling in Senate and House races over the last month to see "if an opportunity presented itself," according to the source familiar with the super PAC's plans.


Donald Trump Blamed Mike Tyson’s Rape Victim: She Went to Hotel Room on ‘Her Own Will’

After boxer Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years for raping an 18-year-old beauty queen, Donald Trump responded by arguing on national television that Tyson had been “railroaded,” noting that she had gone to Tyson’s hotel room on her own.

“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will,” Trump told NBC News in 1992, in a clip dug up by Buzzfeed. “You have a young woman seen dancing for the beauty contest—dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.”

“It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case,” Trump said.

Purely by coincidence, Trump’s advocacy for Tyson came at a time when he stood to make a huge profit if he was released. As Mother Jones noted in December, “Tyson’s bouts had been highly lucrative for Trump’s casinos, which paid millions to host the fights but reaped millions more in revenues from the surge in gambling that resulted during these highly anticipated events.”


Geraldo Rivera: ‘I have tapes’ of ‘embarrassing’ statements from Trump

In the aftermath of a 2005 recording of Trump making sexually aggressive and crude comments about women in a conversation with NBC's Billy Bush, Fox News' Geraldo Rivera said that he has uncovered more "embarrassing" statements that Trump made during interviews with the show host.

“I have interviewed Donald Trump many times and been with him many times and I have tapes,” Rivera said on Fox News’ The Five Sunday.

“My brother and I have been starting to go through the tapes now and there are statements that, in the context of the current climate, would be embarrassing.”

Rivera did not say whether he plans to release those recordings, nor was he specific about what they might contain except to say that he had not heard Trump use the word “pussy” before Friday's tape emerged.

“He’s never used the P-word in front of me, I’ll say that, ” Rivera said later in the program. “But I never saw him come onto any of the beautiful women on the program.”

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