’Florida man’ comes for Uber! 

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’Florida man’ comes for Uber! 
December 7th, 2017
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Franken steps down

In The Atlantic, Tina Dupuy published I Believe Franken’s Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too. Josh Kraushaar tweeted: “Yet another Franken accuser comes out.” While Adrienne LaFrance shared this quote from Dupuy’s account: "He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh. I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice."

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand then became the first Senate Dem to say Franken should step aside.

And Brian Bakst at MPR News then posted that Sen. Al Franken will resign today, according to a Democratic official.

As of publishing, Minnesota Senator Al Franken had indeed resigned from his seat, the AP reported.

Sexual misconduct is everywhere

Time Magazine released an explanation, written by Edward Felsenthal, on How [They] Chose Silence Breakers as their Person of the Year 2017.

In another first-person account of sexual harassment in the workplace, Adaora Udoj details in The Guardian: I was a co-host with John Hockenberry on WNYC. The experience was scarring.

And at the Seattle Times, Mike Baker reports that State Rep. Matt Manweller has faced sexual misconduct complaints from students.

Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein Resigns Amid Investigation of His Conduct with Women, Alexandra Alter reported in the New York Times.

Flynn’s whistle-blower is speaking out

Democrats are revealing the whistle-blower’s account of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s business deal, Billy House writes in Bloomberg. It involves telling “a business associate before the inauguration of Donald Trump that U.S. sanctions with Russia would be "ripped up" by the incoming administration,” as Craig Gordon tweeted.  

The New York Times has a similar story about Flynn’s whistle-blower, written by Mark Mazzetti and Michael Schmidt.

ABC reprimanded producer Chris Vlasto for giving data to the Trump campaign, Politico writes. Specifically, they say Vlasto gave the Trump campaign exit poll data on election night, Michael Calderone tweeted.

War of the car apps

Reuters has the exclusive on Uber paying a 20-year-old Florida man to keep their data breach secret. Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz talked to sources familiar with the matter. Or as Jonathan Weber put it: "’Florida man’ comes for Uber! Nice tag-team exclusive.”

Meanwhile, ABC7 says Lyft is offering free rides for evacuees of the Thomas Fire, Creek Fire, and Skirball Fire.

News around the world

Australia Made Same-Sex Marriage Legal, according to Damien Cave, Jacqueline Williams at the New York Times.

Power brokers are already starting to Gear Up for Nigeria's Elections in 2019, Dulue Mbachu and David Malingha Doya explain in Bloomberg. According to Doya, there are “Five Names.” While Antony Sguazzin explained: “These are the men to watch.”

David D. Kirkpatrick unveils in the New York Times that The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million da Vinci Painting is none other than a Saudi prince.

Cute corner

Elsewhere in the New York Times, Daniel Victor posted a story titled, He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts. He also tweeted about it: “Hello if you would like some news that won’t make you sad I would suggest this.” Patrick LaForge added a bit more context on Twitter: “They met over Words With Friends. He's a 22-year-old rapper. She's 81 and retired in Florida.”

On the blog Simply Sherryl, there’s a post titled How to Catch Your Children Doing Right that’s been making the rounds among some Muck Rackers.

In another blog post being shared, Plating Pixels’ One Pot Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya seems quite popular.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What was Mark Ruffalo talking about when he referred to his “man-cancelling suit.”

Answer: That would be this motion capture suit he wore while filming as Hulk.

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum for being the first to tweet in correctly. And congrats to everyone who answered because there were A LOT of you.

Your question of the day for today is…Patti Labelle infamously forgot the words to “This Christmas” while singing at what event? You must also include the year to win.

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

Featured journalist: Eleanor Skelton

Today’s featured journalist is Eleanor Skelton, a reporter with The Examiner and contributor to the Huffington Post. Skelton still sometimes uses the Oxford comma and is a proud homeschool alum. Read more about her work right here.

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