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Al Franken Is Now Accused Of Groping A Soldier On Another USO Tour
Two weeks to the day since Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was accused by a fellow entertainer of sexually harassing her on a 2006 overseas USO tour, another woman — a former soldier — says she, too, was groped by Franken on a different USO tour.
Stephanie Kemplin, 41, a former military policewoman, told CNN that Franken used a photo opportunity as a chance to cup her breast for “five to 10 seconds” on a USO tour in Kuwait in December 2003. She is the fifth woman to accuse the former comedian and liberal senator of inappropriate contact this month.
"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast," Kemplin, pictured above with Franken, told CNN. "I've never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side."
She was so shocked, she says, that she never challenged the senator. "It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident,” she said. “I'm very confident saying that."
Kemplin told the news network that reliving Franken’s surliness in recent weeks had triggered traumatic memories of a sexual assault she suffered at the hands of a fellow soldier in Kuwait, also in 2003. She reported the soldier to her chain of command, and what happened next is pretty nuts, according to CNN:
Kemplin was eventually told that while the whole incident was "totally inappropriate behavior," the accused specialist was not guilty of "indecent assault." In addition, she was told that she was "responsible" for having allowed the male specialist to get close to her.
Asked about Kemplin’s allegation against Franken, a representative of the senator told CNN: "As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct."
Multiple friends and relatives of Kemplin corroborated her account of the encounter with Franken, which she had told them about shortly after the fact. It is also consistent with the broad strokes of other women’s allegations against the senator. CNN also noted that Kemplin is a registered Republican who said she’d voted for Donald Trump for president.
Kemplin, for her part, told CNN she expects not to be believed by some people, because it took 14 years for her to talk about what happened to her. "Nobody wants to believe anybody if you don't immediately stand up and say something,” she said.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.