Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wants the FBI to investigate her claims before she testifies to the Senate, and it could delay his Supreme Court confirmation indefinitely

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  • Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school in the 1980s, wants “a full investigation by law enforcement officials.”
  • Ford’s attorneys said in a letter that a federal investigation must be conducted before Ford testifies to the Senate to “ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed.”
  • Observers had expected Ford to testify at a newly scheduled public hearing set for Monday.
  • The letter confirmed reports that Ford was targeted with death threats after she came forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh.
  • The Justice Department previously said her allegation against Kavanaugh “does not involve any potential federal crime” to warrant an FBI investigation.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school in the 1980s, say she wants “a full investigation by law enforcement officials” before she’ll appear in a public hearing, according to a CNN report published Tuesday.

Ford’s attorney’s wrote a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying an FBI investigation would “ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner” and would be critical “before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

“We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security,” the letter reportedly said.

“What we’re saying is there should be an investigation because that’s the right thing to do,” Lisa Banks, Ford’s attorney, told the CNN host Anderson Cooper. “She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law-enforcement investigation.”

Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, cosigned Ford’s request for an investigation.

“We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing,” Feinstein said in a statement on Tuesday. “A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed, and all sides spoken to. Only then should the chairman set a hearing date.”

The letter also confirmed that Ford, a mother of two teenagers, had been targeted with death threats since coming forward against Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump nominated for the Supreme Court in July after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

Earlier Tuesday, The New York Times reported that after coming forward, Ford had moved out of her house and arranged for a private security detail after she received vulgar emails and messages on social media.

Ford’s accusation prompted the Judiciary Committee to delay its planned Thursday vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. A public hearing is scheduled for next Monday, and both Kavanaugh and Ford were expected to testify after both had indicated a willingness to do so. Before the letter from Ford’s attorneys, however, lawmakers had been in limbo after multiple messages for Ford to appear at the hearing went unanswered. 

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the Republican chair of the Senate Finance Committee, pushed back on Ford’s request for an FBI investigation. “The FBI does not do investigations like this. The responsibility falls to us,” Hatch wrote, reiterating Grassley’s offer to let Ford testify before the Judiciary Committee.

“We should proceed as planned,” he said.

The Justice Department said in a statement on Monday that the sexual-assault allegation “does not involve any potential federal crime” to warrant an FBI investigation, according to the Associated Press. It added that the department’s role in conducting background investigations during the nomination process was to determine whether the nominee might be a national security risk.

Ford has said Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” during a small party in high school at which he pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to scream.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied Ford’s claim and said he would testify to “refute this false allegation.”

A full investigation would be unlikely to conclude before Monday’s planned public hearing. Key witnesses have appeared reluctant to discuss the incident or have no memory of it. Mark Judge, a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s who became implicated in the allegation, has signaled he is unwilling to appear before the Judiciary Committee.

“I have no more information to offer the committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford’s letter,” Judge said in a statement.

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The 100 best crime movies of all time, according to critics

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The old media adage, “If it bleeds, it leads,” also describes a common narrative approach in cinema.

Because criminality and violence make for inherently compelling cinematic material, both are featured prominently in many of the greatest films of all time.

The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed crime movies in history traces a lineage of great films from contemporary thrillers like “No Country for Old Men” and “Hell or High Water,” to classics like “The Godfather” (Parts I and II) and “On the Waterfront.”

The list includes all of the highest-rated movies that feature a “crime” tag on the site, which turned out to be a wide-ranging categorization, encompassing feature films and documentaries. That said, we did exclude several movies from Metacritic’s list that had no clear relation to crime. 

Here are the 100 best crime movies of all time, according to critics:

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100. “Animal Kingdom” (2010)

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: “Don’t be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young.” — Entertainment Weekly

99. “Paranoid Park” (2007)

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 6.6/10

What critics said: “Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant’s ‘Paranoid Park,’ a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his latest films.” — Los Angeles Times

98. “Bus 174” (2002)

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: “Tense, engrossing, and superbly structured, ‘Bus 174’ is not just unforgettable drama but a skillfully developed argument.” — Village Voice

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A profile of Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen's wife, draws accusations of bias and 'bizarre fabrications' relating to Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegation

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  • A new profile of Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen’s wife, published by Vulture has drawn criticism for its portrayal of Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegation against Allen. 
  • Many social media users accused New York Magazine, Vulture’s publisher, of publishing a biased article, due to the author’s admitted decades-long friendship with Allen.
  • Ronan and Dylan Farrow also issued statements contradicting the article’s portrayal of Dylan’s allegation that Allen sexually abused her when she was seven.

 

A new profile of Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen’s wife, published by Vulture on Sunday, has drawn wide criticism from the media and from Allen’s children, Ronan and Dylan Farrow, for its portrayal of the latter’s abuse allegation against Allen. 

In the feature, Previn addressed the backlash Allen has faced since the rise of the #MeToo movement, over Dylan Farrow’s allegation that Allen sexually abused her when she was seven years old. 

But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn said. “[Mia Farrow, Allen’s ex-girlfriend] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”

Previn discussed her adoption and upbringing with Mia Farrow and Andre Previn, her adoptive parents, and the beginning of her relationship with Allen when she was 21 years old, years after she had first known Allen as Farrow’s boyfriend. Previn also accused Farrow in the article of physically abusing her for years, including slapping her across the face and “spanking” her with a hairbrush.

Social media users were quick to note that the author of the piece, Daphne Merkin, wrote in the article that she has been a friend of Allen’s “for over four decades,” and many thus accused Merkin and New York Magazine (Vulture’s publisher) of publishing a biased article. 

Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow and Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, took to Twitter on Sunday with a statement on the article. She said that New York Magazine contacted her and described “multiple obvious falsehoods” about the story’s account of her abuse allegation against Allen. 

“The story still included bizarre fabrications about my mother while failing to mention that a prosecutor found probable cause of abuse by Woody Allen and that he was in therapy for his unhealthy fixation on my body,” Farrow wrote. “No one is parading me around as a victim. I continue to be an adult woman making credible allegation unchanged for two decades, backed up by evidence.”

Ronan Farrow, who has published multiple bombshell articles for The New Yorker featuring sexual misconduct allegations made against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and former CBS CEO Les Moonves, also released a statement on the story. 

“I owe everything I am to Mia Farrow. She is a devoted mom who went through hell for her family all while creating a loving home for us,” Farrow wrote. “But that has never stopped Woody Allen and his allies from planting stories that attack and vilify my mother to deflect from my sister’s credible allegation of abuse.”

“As a brother and a son, I’m angry that New York Magazine would participate in this kind of a hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s,” he continued. “As a journalist, I’m shocked by the lack of care for the facts, the refusal to include eyewitness testimony that would contradict falsehoods in this piece, and the failure to include my sister’s complete responses. Survivors of abuse deserve better.”

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Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault are expected to testify in a public hearing on Monday

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  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting while the two were in high school in the 1980s.
  • The public hearing, scheduled for Monday, will be the first time Kavanaugh and Ford will publicly speak at length on the matter.
  • The hearing is expected to delay a planned vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
  • Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, claimed that Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” when he allegedly sexually assaulted her during a party in high school.
  • President Donald Trump brushed off the accusations and pointed fingers at Democrats, who he believes are trying to stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school in the 1980s.

The public hearing, scheduled for Monday, will be the first time Kavanaugh and Ford will publicly speak at length on the matter. It is being held during a contentious confirmation process for Kavanaugh, who is expected to replace former Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The hearing on the assault allegation is expected to delay Thursday’s planned vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, claimed that Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” when he allegedly sexually assaulted her during a party in high school. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to scream.

In 2012, Ford and her husband sought a psychologist who took notes of a similar incident, although it did not specifically name Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has denied the claim and said he would testify to “refute this false allegation” and “defend my integrity.”

“This is a completely false allegation,” he said in a statement. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”

On Monday, President Donald Trump brushed off the allegations and said Kavanaugh’s confirmation was still “on track.”

“If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay,” Trump said.

“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation,” White House spokesman Raj Shah added in a statement. “He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him.”

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Terry Crews shared an apology letter from the Hollywood agent he accused of sexual assault

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  • Terry Crews on Friday shared an apology letter from Adam Venit, the former Hollywood agent Crews accused of sexual misconduct last year.
  • Crews said on Twitter that he received the letter from Venit in March, but waited to publicly accept Venit’s apology until he resigned from WME. 
  • Venit announced earlier this month that he would resign from the agency. 

Terry Crews on Friday shared an apology letter from Adam Venit, the former WME agent who Crews accused last year of groping him at a party in 2016. 

Crews said on Twitter that he received the letter from Venit in March, but waited to publicly accept Venit’s apology until he resigned from WME. Venit announced earlier this month that he would resign from the agency. 

Venit did not admit to Crews’ allegation of groping in the letter, but he did accept some “responsibility.”

Venit wrote: “I know that you didn’t ask for any of this. Again, I take responsibility for us being here now, together in this situation. I am sorry for all of it.”

“I want to use this moment to be a positive influence with you and not just another Hollywood story that becomes the narrative of who we both are. We both are so much more and have so much more to offer,” Venit wrote. “I even hope that someday we can come together and go forward with compassion and understanding and be an amazing force for positivity and change in our culture.”

Crews filed a lawsuit against Venit last year after accusing him of sexual misconduct in November. The suit was settled earlier this month, which coincided with Venit announcing that he would resign from WME. 

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LA district attorney declines to prosecute sex crime cases against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal

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  • The Los Angeles county district attorney has declined to prosecute sex crime cases against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • In the cases against Spacey and Seagal, which dated back to the early 1990s, the statue of limitations had passed, and Anderson’s case was dropped after his accuser declined to be interviewed, authorities said.

The Los Angeles county district attorney has declined to prosecute sex crime cases against actors Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, and Steven Seagal, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Authorities said the statute of limitations had passed in the cases it investigated against Spacey and Seagal, while Anderson’s case was dropped after his accuser declined to be interviewed by authorities.

Spacey was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” last year after numerous men accused him of sexual misconduct and assault, dating back to the early 1980s. The particular case of alleged sexual assault against Spacey that the LA district attorney announced it dropped on Tuesday took place in 1992, authorities told THR. 

The case of alleged sexual assault against Seagal took place in 1993, according to court documents obtained by THR, and like Spacey’s case, was ruled beyond the statute of limitations.

The LAPD announced in July that it had opened an investigation into a sexual assault claim made against “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, but authorities said on Tuesday that they dropped the case after his unnamed accuser declined to be interviewed for the report she filed. 

Anderson’s representatives said in July that the actor “unequivocally” disputed the woman’s claims of assault. 

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A group of researchers showed how a Tesla Model S can be hacked and stolen in seconds using only $600 worth of equipment (TSLA)

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  • Researchers from KU Leuven university in Belgium demonstrated that hackers can secretly clone the key fob of a Tesla Model S and steal the car within seconds — and with only $600 worth of simple computing and radio equipment, WIRED reports.
  • The researchers brought their findings to Tesla — which rewarded them for exposing the security flaw — and Tesla responded by adding a software update with two factor authentication using a PIN code, and it offered updated key fobs to customers with additional security. 
  • However, if Model S drivers haven’t updated their software and don’t have a new key fob, their cars are still theoretically vulnerable to this type of theft.

A savvy car thief could drive off with a Tesla Model S by using just a few, relatively inexpensive pieces of computing hardware and some radios — at least, the thief could have until recently, when Tesla fixed an overlooked vulnerability in its cars’ security systems.

A group of researchers from KU Leuven university in Belgium demonstrated that Tesla Model S key fobs can be cloned, and the cloned signal can then be used to unlock the vehicle and start the engine — all without the owner realizing, WIRED reports.

The researchers brought their findings to Tesla last summer, and the company rewarded them with $10,000 for exposing the security flaw. In response, Tesla released a software update in August that enabled two-factor authentication with a PIN code from within the vehicle. It also developed and released updated, encrypted key fobs with additional security. If customers updated their software and received a new key fob, they should be safe from these types of attacks, but customers who didn’t install the update or who don’t own the new fobs are still theoretically vulnerable. 

The amount of work that goes into the hack is surprisingly minimal, and not much equipment is needed. All of the necessary hardware costs less than $600, and the Model S can be hacked within seconds without the owner realizing it. The researchers built their device with a Raspberry Pi computer, a Yard Stick One radio, a Proxima radio, an external hard drive, and batteries. 

A clever, and worrisome, hack

The researchers began by building a database of all the possible digital entry keys that could be used to open a Model S. The result was six terrabytes worth of potential keys — which are stored on the device’s hard drive. 

After that, it’s simply a matter of following these 4 steps:

1. The hacker needs to copy the locking system signal that is constantly emitting from the Model S itself.

2. Next, the hacker has to take the radio within about three feet of the victim’s key fob, and using the signal that was copied from the car’s locking system, they trick the fob to emit two response codes that would normally be sent to the vehicle.

3. The hacker then need only run the signals through the database of possible keys stored on the hard drive, and the car’s digital key will be located within seconds.

4. Then the hacker can return to the car, open the door, and drive away without the owner having any idea. Once the digital key is discovered, the hackers could clone the key fob and make one of their own — meaning they could enter and start the vehicle whenever they please. 

Here’s a video of the hack being demonstrated: 

In a statement to WIRED, Tesla said that it had needed time to verify the authenticity of the flaw, identify a solution, and then roll it out via a software update and through the production line of new cars. Tesla’s solution should technically stop this type of attack — the two-factor authentication and encrypted key fobs that aren’t vulnerable to hacking are most likely efficient countermeasures. In addition, Tesla added the ability to disable the “passive entry” feature, requiring the driver to physically press a button on the key fob to unlock the car.  

Although the problem appears to be fixed, and there aren’t any reports of this method being used to steal a Model S, it’s an interesting development in cybersecurity. As cars become more high-tech, new threats arise as well that need to be addressed. 

Read the full WIRED report here

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The 35-year-old creator of Twitch has already launched and sold one startup for $1 billion. And he just raised $65 million from top VC firms, like Andreessen Horowitz, to do it again

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  • Justin Kan’s new legal startup, Atrium, has snatched up $65 million in a new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Kan is perhaps best known as the creator of modern live-streaming with the launch of Twitch, which sold to Amazon for nearly $1 billion. He aims to repeat his success with Atrium.
  • Andreessen Horowitz’s Andrew Chen said Kan’s boldness is part of the reason the investor has so much faith in Kan as a founder.

Justin Kan was unable to sell Andreessen Horowitz, one of the most powerful venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, on investing millions into his nutty startup Justin.tv more than a decade ago.

“We couldn’t get them to invest in Twitch,” Kan said, referring to the live-streaming platform’s spinoff that’s focused on video gaming. “Actually, I don’t think I ever got a meeting.”

But now, years later, the firm is leading a new $65 million round of financing for Kan’s new startup, Atrium. The legal technology startup builds software tools for an in-house law firm whose attorneys specialize in helping startups do the things all successful startups do: raise funding, issue stock options, and create commercial contracts.

Someday, the startup could bundle these software tools, which use machine learning to understand legal documents and then automate certain processes, and license them out to law firms.

Marc Andreessen, one of the most influential investors in the Valley, and the firm’s Andrew Chen will join Atrium’s board of directors.

Ashton Kutcher’s firm Sound Ventures, General Catalyst, and Y Combinator, whose CEO and partner Michael Seibel will also join the board of Atrium, signed on as co-investors in the round.

Chen met Kan about 10 years ago, when the young entrepreneur hatched an idea for a live-video platform that streamed his life 24/7. He strapped a camera to his baseball cap and wore a backpack filled with cellular data cards that carried whatever he saw to the web.

“The idea was creative, but so off the wall,” Chen told Business Insider. (Even Kan would later call the startup a “terrible idea.”)

Justin.tv pivoted and pivoted again, transforming into the world’s largest live video platform. Twitch sold to Amazon for $970 million in an all cash deal in 2014.

Chen credited Kan with “inventing modern live-streaming.” His boldness is part of the reason Chen believes in Kan as a founder.

In 2017, Chen joined nearly 100 institutional and angel investors in providing $10.5 million in Series A funding to Atrium. He must have been impressed, because he convinced Andreessen Horowitz to put in more than half of the $65 million round total for the Series B.

In the last year alone, Atrium has offered its legal services to over 250 startups, who have raised a total of $500 million in funding. Its client roster includes digital pharmacy startup Alto, scooter-sharing firm Bird, and fraud detection software-maker Sift Science.

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Hit true-crime podcast 'Serial' is coming back this month with season 3

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  • The true-crime podcast “Serial” has a set a premiere date for its anticipated third season. 
  • The first two episodes of the season will debut on September 20, with subsequent episodes released weekly on Thursdays. 
  • Season three of “Serial” will focus on a year’s worth of stories within the Cleveland, Ohio, court system. 

The hit true-crime podcast “Serial” has announced a premiere date for its anticipated third season. 

The first two episodes of the season will drop on September 20, with subsequent episodes released weekly on Thursdays. 

The third season of “Serial” will focus on a year’s worth of stories within the Cleveland, Ohio, court system. Its telling of many different stories will differ from the podcast’s first and second seasons, which focused on one story over the course of a season. Some of the stories in season three will span two or three episodes, according to Variety

“We chose Cleveland because they let us record everywhere,” host Sarah Koenig said in an audio trailer for the new season. “Courtrooms, back hallways, judges chambers, the prosecutor’s office. And then we followed those cases outside the building into neighborhoods, into people’s houses, and into prison.”

“Serial’s” first season, released in 2014 as a spinoff of NPR’s “This American Life,” centered on an investigation into the 2000 murder case of Adnan Syed in Baltimore, Maryland. The second season followed the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The first two seasons of “Serial” have been downloaded more than 340 million times.

The third season of the podcast is expected to be 10 episodes long but may be subject to change, according to Variety. It will be available for free on podcast apps including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, and on the music streaming service Pandora, starting on September 20.

Listen to the 7-minute trailer for the third season on podcast apps or the “Serial” website.

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Congressman shuts down far-right protester during Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's testimony by speaking like an auctioneer

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  • During a House hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a protester interrupted and began yelling from the back of the crowd. 
  • Missouri congressman Billy Long, who was an auctioneer in Missouri for more than 30 years, began speaking like an auctioneer to drown her out as she was escorted out of the room. 
  • The protester was identified as Laura Loomer, a far-right figure who was banned from Uber and Lyft for racist, anti-Muslim tweets, and who was un-verified from Twitter last year. 

After a protester interrupted the House hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Missouri representative Billy Long began speaking like an auctioneer to drown out her voice — which is something Long is familiar with, considering he was an auctioneer for more than 30 years in Missouri.

The event occurred during Dorsey’s second committee hearing of the day, when a woman in the back of the crowd stood up and began yelling accusations that the Twitter CEO was trying to sway the election. Dorsey was present at the hearing to discuss recent accusations that Twitter had silenced conservative voices on the social media platform, an allegation the social media company has repeatedly denied. 

A few seconds into the protester’s shouts, representative Long’s auctioneer voice made it difficult to hear what she was saying, and he continued until she was escorted out of the room. Upon her exit, laughter could be heard coming from the audience.

The protester was later identified as Laura Loomer, a far-right activist and conservative who was banned from Uber and Lyft for racist, anti-Muslim tweets, and un-verified on Twitter last year.

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