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Trump claims immunity from Apprentice contestant's lawsuit

President Trump’s private attorneys asserted in court this week that he should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed against him because of his presidential duties.Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, sued Trump in New York on Jan. 17, just days before the inauguration. She came forward in October and accused Trump of kissing and groping her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2007. Trump denied the accusation, including a series of tweets calling the sexual misconduct allegations "100% fabricated and made-up charges,” “totally false” and “totally made up nonsense.Zervos’ attorney, Gloria Allred, demanded a retraction, to no avail. So, she sued. Zervos’ lawsuit claims the alleged defamation was “detrimental to Ms. Zervos’s reputation, honor and dignity.Trump’s attorneys said in this week's court filing that the supremacy clause of the U.S. constitution should bar the lawsuit since it could “distract a President from his public duties to the detriment of not only the President and his office but also the Nation,” attorney Marc Kasowitz included in his filing, from the 1997 Clinton v. Jones Supreme Court ruling. Legal scholars predicted a collision of private lawsuits from Trump’s life before the presidency once he took office. A USA TODAY investigation found around 75 such lawsuits still pending as Trump began his presidency. The Zervos case will likely rely on standards set in the case involving President Clinton, which clearly says presidents are not immune from private litigation while in office.However, Trump’s attorneys say the Clinton case left unresolved some questions, such as dismissing a case based on its likelihood to distract the presidency before it begins. Kasowitz said he would soon file a motion to dismiss the case that asks for an apology and $2,914.In a statement Tuesday, Gloria Allred said the president "does not enjoy legal immunity from our defamation lawsuit." "The United States Supreme Court address this legal immunity issue in Clinton v. Jones and determined unanimously that no man is above the law and that includes the president of United States," Allred said. "We look forward to arguing this issue in court." “Because of the Supreme Court case related to Bill Clinton, there’s no automatic shield for the president from civil action,” Samuel Issacharoff, a law professor at New York University told USA TODAY in November. “If he were president and called to testify and hostilities break out in the Middle East a court would probably postpone — but of course it’s a major dislocation to be going through these civil trials while he’s running an administration.” Clinton wasn’t the first president to be challenged with a suit over his life before the presidency. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy was sued in California for his role in a traffic incident at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Kennedy eventually settled for $17,500 after a judge ruled he could be sued like any other citizen. Trump and his companies have sued or been sued more than 4,000 times over the last four decades, according to a USA TODAY review of records in federal and state courts coast to coast.

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Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence Thursday

Sheryl Sandberg speaks, Trump out against abortion policy SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook executive and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence Thursday, weighing in on President Trump's reinstatement of a Reagan-era policy banning U.S. foreign aid to health providers overseas who offer abortion counseling or advocate for a woman's right to have an abortion. In a Facebook post, Sandberg said the policy could have "terrible consequences for women and families around the world," cutting them off from other health services. She shared an article from the New York Times and said she supports passage of Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act. "I started my career working at the World Bank on health care in India. I saw firsthand how clinics funded by foreign aid are often the only source of health care for women. When women are given even the most basic health care information and services, they live longer, healthier lives — and they give birth to children who live longer, healthier lives," Sandberg wrote. "Comprehensive family planning helps prevent unintended pregnancies, deaths and abortions. This week’s executive order reinstating the global gag rule will make that work much harder. It bans health organizations around the world from providing counseling on all family planning options. If they refuse to abide by the ban, they could lose millions in funding from the United States. And this ban is harsher and broader than past orders by past presidents, because it covers every program that falls under global health assistance. That means it'll hurt more people." The Facebook post marked the first time since the presidential election that Sandberg, a champion of women's issues, has spoken out on the policies of the new administration. Right after the election, Sandberg said it was historic for women. "For the first time in our country's history, a woman was the nominee of a major party, and over 59 million Americans voted to put Hillary Clinton in the highest office in the land. Even though we fell short, that should make us all proud," she wrote in a Facebook post. "We have real challenges to face as a country. The only answer I’ve ever known to facing any challenge is to work harder. Today we pledge as Americans to keep working for a better future for everyone. Today we recommit ourselves to leaning in." But some wondered why Sandberg had not acknowledged last weekend's women's marches. "Since November, I've heard one phrase uttered over and over by senior women in the valley: 'Why isn't Sheryl saying anything about this?'" Pando's Sarah Lacy wrote on Thursday. The latest speculation in Washington: That Sandberg may be eyeing a run for president. A source told RealClear Politics that it's "common knowledge" in Democratic Party circles that Sandberg is considering it. Sandberg was a political appointee to the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration and a leading contender to serve as Treasury secretary in a Hillary Clinton administration and she is a major Democratic donor. Of course, plenty of people were convinced that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was eyeing a presidential run in 2020. He denied the speculation this week. One thing we know with far more certainty are Sandberg's shorter-term plans (besides helping Zuckerberg run Facebook). Sandberg is planning to embark on a book tour this spring. Her upcoming book, Option B, explores grieving and healing. Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly last year. The book tour kicks off in New York City on April 23.

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We can improve our community by getting your ass out of Trenton.

How dare you vote for the gas tax when we can't afford it in this economy. You are a low-life scumbag just like Christie!!!!!

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Public Option: Expanding Medicare

I have a background in pharmaceutical marketing, I completed a masters degree in healthcare policy in 2015 (PSU) with an emphasis on the ACA and healthcare reform, I currently do marketing and social media for Somerset County and the Federation of Democratic Women. I would very much like to help with Assemblyman Gusciora's initiative. How can I help?

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