Clinton with Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998

Actress Lena Dunham and magazine editor Tina Brown told the the New York Times they warned associates of Hillary Clinton's about Harvey Weinstein, but no apparent action was taken.

Why it matters: Weinstein has been a big donor to the Clintons, the Times reports, donating to Bill Clinton's legal defense fund while he faced impeachment, and hosting fundraisers for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 run. Dunham said "she was troubled by the producer's visible presence." The Clinton campaign denies having been warned specifically about rape from Dunham, and receiving a warning in 2008 from Brown at all.

  • Dunham says she told the deputy communications director of Clinton's campaign: "I just want to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point...I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault." She also said she warned a spokeswoman for Clinton, Adrienne Elrod, after "the campaign had not responded to her concerns about Mr. Weinstein.
  • Brown says she told someone close to Clinton during the 2008 campaign that she felt it was "unwise to be so closely associated with" Weinstein.

Go deeper: Read the full NYT investigation on 'Weinstein's complicity machine.'

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta slams U.S. Gulf Coast

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a September Senate hearing on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday he doesn't expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be ready until January 2021 or later.

What he's saying: Fauci said during the interview that the U.S. was in a "bad position" after failing to keep case numbers down post-summer. "We should have been way down in baseline and daily cases and we’re not," he said.