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The New Yorker published a glowing mini-profile of disgraced former Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner this week, less than two months after the magazine fired its preeminent legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Weiner, 56, is doing well, The New Yorker reports. After clearing a 21-month prison sentence for sexting with a minor, the former representative and mayoral candidate has embarked on a new post-political career selling countertops.

“The retail politician comes alive in the warehouse,” the author wrote after visiting Weiner at his production site in a Brooklyn Navy Yard. The headline: “Anthony Weiner’s Comeback Gig.”

The once-rising Democratic star who failed to rehabilitate a shattered reputation following a series of repeated sex scandals now appears to be enjoying the media coverage he so desperately craved for much as the past decade. Weiner has been caught in embarrassing episodes of sexual misconduct since 2011 when the seven-term incumbent resigned after tweeting a photo of his bulging crotch and admitted to inappropriately engaging with women online.

Weiner tried running for New York mayor two years later. During the campaign, Weiner became plagued by a second sexting scandal. A woman released explicit photos he sent her. Weiner’s wife stood behind him through his first round of public scand al that prompted a departure from Congress, but not through the second.

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In 2016, Weiner was caught again sending provocative images to a woman featuring his child beside him in bed. The only Weiner scandal given passing mention in the brief New Yorker article, however, was the latest episode of misconduct leading to a stint in prison.

The Weiner essay follows the magazine’s decision to fire Toobin this month. In October, Toobin was first suspended for masturbating on a Zoom call where colleagues were apparently participating in an election simulation. While Toobin remains out of a job at The New Yorker, his future remains uncertain at CNN, where he is currently on leave as the network’s chief legal analyst.

Other outlets have been quick to defend Toobin. The New York Daily News published an opinion article from writer Jonathan Zimmerman characterizing Toobin’s scandal as emblematic of society’s “collective unease with masturbation.” BuzzFeed ran a story headlined, “Jeffrey Toobin Can’t Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls.”

While media signal willingness to forgive the sexual misconduct of its favorite allies in what appears to be a growing trend, The New York Times relished its role in ruining the life of an 18-year-old girl in Virginia for employing a rap-like slur caught in a three-second video four years ago, when she was 15. Mimi Groves, captured on a tape held until the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, has since lost her admission to the University of Tennessee along with her spot on the school cheerleading team. Groves is now attending a local community college.



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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