Dec 6, 2017

Lena Dunham and Tina Brown say they warned Clinton camp about Weinstein

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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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden a Nevada Caucus watch party in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a boost for Biden, who's widely tipped to be endorsed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday, ahead of this week's South Carolina primary.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.