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"Danger Warning": Women Say Madison Cawthorn Harassed Them In College

BuzzFeed News interviewed more than three dozen people as part of an investigation into allegations that Madison Cawthorn harassed women in college.

Madison Cawthorn arrived at Patrick Henry College’s small Christian campus in northern Virginia in fall 2016 blazing with charm, bravado, and a flashing white smile. His former classmates said the future member of Congress would whip his white Dodge Challenger into the parking lot and regale his classmates with the story of how he survived a harrowing car crash as a teen, which left him paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair for life. After his intensive recovery, he was older than most students — 21 — and didn’t fit the mold of the Christian and largely sheltered first-year students who chose the conservative school in Purcellville because of its commitment to God and rigorous academics. And, former Patrick Henry students said, it didn’t take long for women on campus to start warning one another: You don’t want to be alone with him, especially in his car.

BuzzFeed News spoke with more than three dozen people, including more than two dozen former students, their friends, and their relatives, who described or corroborated instances of sexual harassment and misconduct on campus, in Cawthorn’s car, and at his house near campus. Four women told BuzzFeed News that Cawthorn, now a rising Republican star, was aggressive, misogynistic, or predatory toward them. Their allegations include calling them derogatory names in public in front of their peers, including calling one woman “slutty,” asking them inappropriate questions about their sex lives, grabbing their thighs, forcing them to sit in his lap, and kissing and touching them without their consent. One of these women now works as an intern for another Republican member of Congress and passes Cawthorn in the corridors of the Capitol. According to more than a dozen people — including three women who had firsthand experience and seven people who heard about these incidents from them at the time — Cawthorn often used his car as a way to entrap and harass his women classmates, taking them on what he could call “fun drives'' off campus. Two said he would drive recklessly and ask them about their virginity and sexual experiences while they were locked in the moving vehicle.

“I realized he was taking me out to the middle of nowhere, Virginia,” said Caitlin Coulter, a former classmate who went for a drive with him during her senior year. “We were on these small, like, one- [or] two-lane back roads, and I just felt so uncomfortable and nervous and not even something I think at the time I could put a finger on, but just, like, danger warning.”

BuzzFeed News sent Cawthorn a detailed list of allegations in this story. His communications director, Micah Bock, did not respond to the specific allegations but instead referred BuzzFeed News to remarks the young Republican had made during a campaign debate in September: “I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life,” Cawthorn said.

“If I have a daughter, I want her to grow up in a world where people know to explicitly ask before touching her,” he said at the debate. “If I had a son, I want him to be able to grow up in a world where he would not be called a sexual predator for trying to kiss someone.”

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/addybaird/madison-cawthorn-sexual-misconduct-allegations-patrick

A redwood known as Hyperion is the tallest tree in the world, at a height of 115.85 meters

https://twitter.com/wonderofscience/status/1365128498705100801

Dog(s) sighting:

https://twitter.com/TheFirstDogs/status/1365075540206567424

Rep. Al Green: "You used god to segregate me in schools. You used god to put me in the back of the..

https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1365033132202713089

Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets

Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge their followers for access to additional content, and the ability to create and join groups based around specific interests. They’re two of the more substantial changes to Twitter in a while, but they also fit snugly into models that have been popular and successful on other social platforms.

The payment feature, called Super Follows, will allow Twitter users to charge followers and give them access to extra content. That could be bonus tweets, access to a community group, subscription to a newsletter, or a badge indicating your support. In a mockup screenshot, Twitter showed an example where a user charges $4.99 per month to receive a series of perks. Twitter sees it as a way to let creators and publishers get paid directly by their fans.

Direct payment tools have become increasingly important for creators in particular in recent years. Patreon has been hugely successful, and other platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and even GitHub have all launched direct creator payment features. Twitter will presumably take a cut — the company has been hinting at subscriptions features that would offer it a new source of revenue — though it doesn’t appear to have said yet what that fee will be.
Twitter’s mockup of its Communities feature. Image: Twitter.

Twitter also announced a new feature called Communities, which appear to be its take on something like Facebook Groups. People can create and join groups around specific interests — like cats or plants, Twitter suggests — allowing them to see more tweets focused on those topics. Groups have been a huge success for Facebook (and a huge moderation problem, too), and they could be a particularly helpful tool on Twitter, since the service’s open-ended nature can make it difficult for new users to get started on the platform.

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/25/22301375/twitter-super-follows-communities-paid-followers

Mr. Potato Head is now Potato Head. Cue the outrage.



https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1364993296318275590

Sen. John Thune, Opposing $15 Min Wage, Says He Earned $6 As a Kid--That's $24 With Inflation

In a tweet voicing his opposition to raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, Republican South Dakota Senator John Thune said he made $6 an hour working at a restaurant as a "kid." Adjusted for modern inflation, that would be $24 an hour today.

Congressional Republicans have largely opposed the Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage. They argue a wage hike will harm small businesses who have already been economically harmed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"I started working by bussing tables at the Star Family Restaurant for $1/hour & slowly moved up to cook – the big leagues for a kid like me– to earn $6/hour," Thune wrote in a Wednesday evening tweet. "Businesses in small towns survive on narrow margins. Mandating a $15 minimum wage would put many of them out of business."

https://twitter.com/SenJohnThune/status/1364715054743105536

https://www.newsweek.com/sen-john-thune-opposing-15-min-wage-says-he-earned-6-kidthats-24-inflation-1571915

This looks like it would be funny!

https://twitter.com/paramountplus/status/1364714772684443652

GOP Sen. John Kennedy calls Haaland a "neo-socialist left-of-Lenin whackjob," per Hill pool.

GOP Sen. John Kennedy calls Haaland a "neo-socialist left-of-Lenin whackjob," per Hill pool. On Tanden, he says, "I'm not saying she's a smoked turkey, but the smoker is heating up."

Kennedy says there is "concern by both Republicans Democrats" that Tanden's "allegiance is not to America and it's not to President Biden, it's to Secretary Clinton."

https://twitter.com/AndrewSolender/status/1364661845878046721


Well, there goes his mean tweet argument.

I won't mince words: If Manchin and Sinema don't get on board with ending the filibuster...

I won't mince words: If Manchin and Sinema don't get on board with ending the filibuster, this will be their legacy.

All across country Republicans weaponizing Trump’s lies to make it harder to vote. This is one of most disgusting things I’ve ever seen & underscores why Dems must urgently pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act & For the People Act to stop voter suppression

253 new voting restrictions introduced in 43 states so far this year finds @BrennanCenter

Dems can keep Jim Crow filibuster & allow GOP to pass explosion of Jim Crow 2.0 laws

Or they can eliminate filibuster & pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act & For the People Act

Voter suppression bills introduced by Georgia Republicans:

-ends Sunday voting when Black churches do Souls to Polls

-ends no excuse mail voting used by 1.3 million in 2020

-requires witness signature AND photocopy of ID for mail ballots

"Jim Crow with suit and tie"


https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1364726158298734595
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