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Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Sues His Estate, Staff Over Sexual Assaults

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York County Supreme Court alleged an associate of Jeffrey Epstein brought Jennifer Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where Araoz was sexually abused.

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A woman in New York who said she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of sex trafficking, is suing his estate, an associate and members of his staff for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

“Today I am starting to reclaim my power,” Jennifer Araoz, 32, told reporters.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Epstein’s death in a suspected suicide left victims questioning how they would receive justice.

Epstein preyed on her when she was a 14- and 15-year-old high school student in New York City, court documents allege. The lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court said a recruiter allegedly brought Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where the sexual abuse eventually took place.

The lawsuit names Epstein’s longtime confidante and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, saying she assisted and protected Epstein in a sophisticated sex trafficking ring.

“It is clear that Ms. Maxwell was a co-conspirator in the sex trafficking ring, it’s clear she played an administrative role,” whether or not she had contact with victims, attorney Dan Kaiser told reporters.

The suit also targets three unidentified women who worked for Epstein. They were labeled as a recruiter, a secretary and a maid.

Kaiser emphasized that Epstein had a network of enablers, including the wealthy and the powerful. “Without those enablers, it would not have gone on for as long as it did,” Kaiser said. He said additional enablers will be named.

Maxwell’s whereabouts are unknown. In a deposition in a separate case, Maxwell denied allegations that she helped Epstein acquire girls or young women, the Miami Herald reported.

Kaiser also said he did know the identity of the executor of Epstein’s estate.

Kimberly Lerner, a victims’ rights attorney for Araoz, highlighted her courage to come forward. “She has the resolve and the strength to help bring down the criminal enterprise and the conspiracy,” Lerner said. She added that Araoz gave up her anonymity while Epstein was alive because she wanted other victims to know that they are not alone. She said Araoz had also lived in fear of Epstein.

That ended early Saturday when he was found unresponsive in an apparent suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking of dozens of young girls.

“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Araoz said in a statement after his death. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people.”

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers insists there’s no beef with coach; dismisses reports as ‘fake news’

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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers described the reported tumult between him and his new head coach Matt LaFleur as “fake news” in an interview Tuesday.

As training camps opened last week, Rodgers took issue with joint practices with other teams while LaFleur said he had no problem with such events. Many took the differences of opinion between the two to mean they may not connect with each other during the season.

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However, in an interview with former NFL fullback John Kuhn on Packers.com, Rodgers dismissed the reported “outside noise” as “clickbait.”

“It’s fake news, John,” Rodgers said. “That’s the media cycle these days. Unfortunately, the media — other than obviously yourself — there’s a lack of integrity, I think. There’s a rush to put up headlines that are clickbait because the ad revenue is based on the amount of visits you get to your website.”

He added: “So instead of putting in a title that aptly fits the forthcoming article, it’s more lucrative to post something that’s going to generate the most commotion so that your site or your story gets the most hits possible. And when you’re in a really low news cycle like in June and July when there’s not much football going on, that’s the kind of stuff that comes out. We don’t need to spend any time talking about it because it’s complete ridiculousness.”

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Rodgers also spoke on the issues in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“A lot of these sites you have like eight words to describe what the article’s about,” he said. “What are they gonna do? They’re gonna put names and words that’s gonna draw the most attention to it. And that’s what I was bringing to light. I don’t think I was speaking out of turn or ripping on anybody specifically. But it is what it is. That’s the way that we ingest our data. It’s so quick. We’re, ourselves, are flying through, you know, whether it’s tweets or social media filters or online sites, and we’re just looking for like buzzwords. ‘Oh, oh, that looks fun, I’m gonna do that.’ Well, they know that.”

He continued: “The most expensive commodity is not oil anymore. It’s data. They know what they’re doing. They’re mining that data. And they’re figuring out what people preferences, code words, colors, different things to get people to click on their stuff. Because the more clicks they get, the more ad revenue. And the more ad revenue, the more the salary, you know, that the company’s making. And that’s the way that the whole news cycle works. I’m just tired of being put in that news cycle. Because I’ve been saying the same thing over and over. Matt and I, it’s gonna be a relationship that grows over time. We’re having a blast. We’re friends. Ton of communication. And we’re having a great time.”

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Rodgers and LaFleur are entering their first season together. The Packers hired LaFleur as their head coach in January replacing Joe Philbin, who took over for Mike McCarthy in the middle of the 2018 season.

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Human bones wash onto street after Scottish graveyard floods, disturbing ‘ancient lairs’

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Human bones washed onto the street of a village in Scotland over the weekend after flooding collapsed a churchyard wall, disturbing ancient graves.

Nearly 30 feet of a wall surrounding the Largo and Newburn Parish Church in Upper Largo gave way Saturday following heavy rain, Fife Today reported.

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“Unfortunately, some historic graves were disturbed and exposed,” Liz Murphy, head of bereavement services, said in a statement obtained by the paper.

“In order to preserve the dignity of the deceased, where safe, the remains have been moved into the church,” Murphy continued. “Any exposed ancient lairs are covered until it is safe to restore or rebury them.”

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The Fife Council assisted the church in collecting the bones, which were mixed with soil and rubble in the street below the wall, The Courier reported.

The church was likely established during the reign of King Angus of Scotland between the years 820 and 832, but its oldest existing structure was built in 1623, according to a website documenting the history of Largo churches. It has since undergone several renovations.

While it was unclear how old the disturbed bones were, documents on the website show that many of the churchyard’s gravestones date back to the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Murphy said that both the churchyard and the church will remain closed to the public for their safety while the collapse is investigated.

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Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Sues His Estate, Staff Over Sexual Assaults

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York County Supreme Court alleged an associate of Jeffrey Epstein brought Jennifer Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where Araoz was sexually abused.

Scott Heins/Getty Images

A woman in New York who said she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of sex trafficking, is suing his estate, an associate and members of his staff for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

“Today I am starting to reclaim my power,” Jennifer Araoz, 32, told reporters.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Epstein’s death in a suspected suicide left victims questioning how they would receive justice.

Epstein preyed on her when she was a 14- and 15-year-old high school student in New York City, court documents allege. The lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court said a recruiter allegedly brought Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where the sexual abuse eventually took place.

The lawsuit names Epstein’s longtime confidante and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, saying she assisted and protected Epstein in a sophisticated sex trafficking ring.

“It is clear that Ms. Maxwell was a co-conspirator in the sex trafficking ring, it’s clear she played an administrative role,” whether or not she had contact with victims, attorney Dan Kaiser told reporters.

The suit also targets three unidentified women who worked for Epstein. They were labeled as a recruiter, a secretary and a maid.

Kaiser emphasized that Epstein had a network of enablers, including the wealthy and the powerful. “Without those enablers, it would not have gone on for as long as it did,” Kaiser said. He said additional enablers will be named.

Maxwell’s whereabouts are unknown. In a deposition in a separate case, Maxwell denied allegations that she helped Epstein acquire girls or young women, the Miami Herald reported.

Kaiser also said he did know the identity of the executor of Epstein’s estate.

Kimberly Lerner, a victims’ rights attorney for Araoz, highlighted her courage to come forward. “She has the resolve and the strength to help bring down the criminal enterprise and the conspiracy,” Lerner said. She added that Araoz gave up her anonymity while Epstein was alive because she wanted other victims to know that they are not alone. She said Araoz had also lived in fear of Epstein.

That ended early Saturday when he was found unresponsive in an apparent suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking of dozens of young girls.

“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Araoz said in a statement after his death. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people.”

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Weed while pregnant: Far more common and concerning than many realize

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The amount of women using marijuana during their pregnancies in the United State has doubled. Veuer’s Natasha Abellard has the story. Buzz60, Buzz60

Claire Alcindor’s fourth pregnancy last year was the hardest. The only way she could keep food down was by smoking marijuana, which also helped with her depression.

She was living in Maryland, in a location where marijuana is legal, but still worried “people would think I’m a bad mom” – or worse. Friends warned Child Protective Services might start investigating her. But it seemed worth the risk, especially given the reported effects of some prescription nausea and depression drugs.

“I needed to eat, I needed to stay alive and survive this pregnancy,” says Alcindor, who now lives in Las Vegas.

As more communities legalize or decriminalize marijuana use across the country, federal regulators and many doctors, however, say pot is not a risk worth taking while pregnant.

“I would say we are really rolling the dice with our kids if we expose them to it.” said Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, chief medical officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services. “We have a preponderance of evidence marijuana does affect brain development.” 

Studies out this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association also reported a sharp increase in the number of pregnant women smoking marijuana and an alarming link between cannabis use and preterm births, defined as 37 weeks or earlier. Canadian researchers compared the outcomes of birth by 5,639 mothers who reported cannabis use during pregnancy with 92,873 mothers who said they didn’t use it. 

The authors concluded marijuana is “likely unsafe” because pre-term births were twice as common in marijuana users vs. non users. (12% vs 6.1%). That’s despite finding a positive effect between marijuana use and lower incidences of preeclampsia – a dangerous condition that includes high blood pressure – and gestational diabetes,

There are a lot more skeptical women to convince, however. 

Between 2002 and 2017, pregnant women who used marijuana in the previous month increased from 3.4% to 7% overall and from nearly 6% to just over 12% during the first trimester, according to the new federal published in JAMA. There are more than 16,000 members of the group “Ganja Mamas” on the What to Expect website

Dr. Emily Dossett, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Southern California’s medical school, now heads Women’s Health and Reproductive Psychiatry for Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health. She also works at the USC Medical Center, where an increasing percentage of her patients smoke marijuana during pregnancy. 

She’s had patients who were on medication for depression and anxiety or even prescriptions for epilepsy who stopped taking them for the “more natural choice” of marijuana, despite the lack of knowledge about exactly what’s in even medical marijuana.

“We don’t have any evidence it is safe, but many women at this point don’t even question it as a potential problem,” said Dossett. “It is often coupled is a distrust of the medical system and particularly medications for mental illness.”

Doctors are especially worried because THC – tetrahydrocannabinol, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high – crosses the placenta. That means babies’ brains could be being altered, says Cynthia Rogers, director of the Perinatal Behavioral Health Service and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  

The parts of the brain exposed are involved in emotion processing and executive functioning, said Rogers. Recent studies looking at older children related behavioral problems to exposure to marijuana in utero, she says.

Yet even doctors who support medical marijuana say medical professionals aren’t warning women enough. They say there is misinformation and an overall lack of information regarding using cannabis products during pregnancy. Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states. 

A National Institutes of Health study released June 2018 that included over 400 Colorado dispensaries found nearly 70% recommended treatment of morning sickness with cannabis.

“Women aren’t getting a consistent message,” says Dr. Jordan Tishler, president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists and an advocate for legalizing medical marijuana. 

Tishler, an emergency physician who teaches at Harvard Medical School, says marijuana dispensaries push their products for all sorts of ailments, including nausea caused by morning sickness.  “There’s an industry out there that wants to sell a lot of marijuana-based products regardless of whether it’s safe or good for anybody,” says Tishler.

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In the NIH study, officials called dispensaries and told them that they were pregnant and suffering from extreme nausea. Transcriptions of phone conversations were recorded. In one case, a dispensary employee told a woman, “Edibles wouldn’t hurt the child, they’d be going through your [digestive] tract.”

Dispensary employees also sometimes told women to consult with their healthcare provider, but few did so without being prompted. The study also found 36% of recommendations said cannabis use is safe during pregnancy. 

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Carmen, who is four months pregnant in Georgia, had to be hospitalized to treat nausea during her first pregnancy six years ago. She decided to use marijuana during this current pregnancy because she’s afraid about pharmaceutical side effects and also doesn’t want to be hospitalized again. USA TODAY is not using Carmen’s last name or hometown because marijuana isn’t legal in Georgia.

Carmen had to triple the dose of the prescription drug Zofran during her first pregnancy to relieve her extreme symptoms. She was so nauseous that she couldn’t consume food for long periods of time.

 “Using marijuana was more effective than taking multiple pills,” she said,

Carmen says she researched side effects of marijuana on the fetus when figuring out whether to use cannabis during pregnancy. But she said the studies she saw covered both smoking marijuana and smoking cigarettes, without differentiating. She said that because marijuana is more natural than the tobacco products in cigarettes, she didn’t know how to interpret the studies.

What especially worried Carmen were reports about birth defects in babies whose mothers had taken Zofran, the brand name for odansetron. But Samantha Parker, assistant professor epidemiology at Boston University and lead author of a study (add link) on odansetron “this is a relatively safe medication for treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.” 

In fact, HHS’ Gandotra says ondansetron and Phenergan, the branded version of promethazine, are his top choices for nausea in pregnant women. The others are diphenhydramine and metoclopramide. 

Up to 13% of pregnant women with nausea and vomiting take Zofran, said Parker. 

There is more data on the possible effects of prescription drugs on fetuses compared to effects from cannabis, even though doing actual studies on pregnant women raises ethical concerns.

HHS’ National Institute for Drug Abuse awarded grants to four universities including University of Washington, to study pregnant women who smoked marijuana during pregnancy with other pregnant women who didn’t. 

Pamela McColl, a Canadian child rights activist, is working with an international group of physicians and the advocacy group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, to stop the research because something that puts babies at risk shouldn’t be done unless it’s a medical necessity. She also says the researchers have a responsibility to report the very women they are studying under mandatory reporting laws. 

“We have enough science to go out there with public health messages that pregnant women should not touch marijuana,” says McColl, citing research including a May study of 12 million births that was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada. 

Tricia Wright, a Hawaii doctor who runs a research center for pregnant women struggling with substance addiction, says patients tell her their doctors haven’t told them cannabis use during pregnancy isn’t safe. 

National Institute for Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow says marijuana during pregnancy “Is not worth the risk,” but also defended the agency’s research funding because “I don’t want us to cry wolf.” 

With mixed messaging on marijuana in the U.S., pregnant women in need of relief are not able to make fully-informed decisions, physicians say. 

“I don’t think any woman goes into pregnancy wanting to hurt her child, so if she’s using it it’s either because she doesn’t understand the science or hasn’t heard the science,” says Wright.

Rogers stressed that women experiencing negative side effects of pregnancy need to speak with an obstetrician. 

Many, however, are reticent about speaking to their doctors about marijuana use. Online pregnancy groups are filled with women worried about what will happen if they test positive for pot. Claire Alcindor says that’s one of the reasons she is so skeptical about the research on marijuana – there’s a far larger universe of babies she believes are unaffected by the exposure and not considered because their mothers didn’t speak up.

Alcindor, whose content creation firm is called Big Black Brands, is also the owner of Zarico herbal skincare products which include post-partum baths. She has about 10,000 followers on Facebook where “I always share my story” of her natural lifestyle, including home births. 

“I did a ton of research,” Alcindor says of marijuana. “It was my first pregnancy where i was exploring marijuana and i never read anything about it being harmful to the fetus,” she said. “The moms were a lot more calm, able to eat, able to be happier.”

“I’m worried about this from a public health standpoint that we are allowing our better judgement to be swayed and, most importantly, we are not fully realizing the risks and we won’t see the full impact until a generation later,” Gandotra said. 

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Harry Styles Just Turned Down A Huge Movie Role

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Former One Direction star Harry Styles won’t be diving into the role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

The actor and rocker turned down the part, sources “with knowledge of the project” told The Wrap on Tuesday. Other outlets later verified the report.

“Styles is a fan of the project but respectfully declined,” The Wrap wrote, citing one of the unnamed sources. Styles’ agency did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Earlier on Tuesday, both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas incorrectly tweeted that Styles had agreed to do the role. The tweets were later deleted.

The U.K.’s Press Association also confirmed through a “source close to Styles” that he rejected the offer, Sky News reported. Variety verified the report as well, adding that the project has already moved on without the boy band alum, who appeared in the 2017 film “Dunkirk.”

Styles would have played opposite Halle Bailey’s Ariel, a mermaid princess who just wants to be human.

Reports had circulated in July that Disney was courting Styles for Prince Eric.

The original animated 1989 version of “The Little Mermaid” grossed more than $211 million worldwide at the box office. It won the Oscar for best musical score.

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These Four Candidates Are Scrambling to Make the Cut for the Next Democratic Debate

With the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debates looming just two weeks away, candidates on the bubble are mounting some of their final offensives, urgently seeking supporters who can help them make the cut.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has poured more than $1 million into advertising in Iowa and New Hampshire. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, bought a local ad in Bedminster, N.J., where President Trump is vacationing this week. And Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has urged her supporters to try to improve their chances of being selected for online polls.

They and other lower-tier candidates are desperately searching for voters who can propel them to 2 percent support in qualifying polls, one of the Democratic National Committee’s requirements for the next set of debates, scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 in Houston. The threshold for the June and July debates was merely 1 percent.

[Andrew Yang became the ninth Democrat to qualify for the September debates.]

Meanwhile, Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund investor turned impeachment activist, has spent millions of dollars flooding the internet with ads that have helped him catch up to his rivals after entering the race in July. On Tuesday his campaign announced that he had crossed the other threshold for qualification by collecting donations from more than 130,000 people.

The collective scramble to earn a spot on the stage next month underscores the importance the campaigns are placing on the next debates. Those who secure a lectern will have another opportunity to speak to a national audience, but those who miss out will face louder calls to withdraw as Democrats grow anxious for the field to narrow.

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“This is the brave new world of D.N.C. debate qualification standards,” said Jim Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm. “Democratic presidential candidates are clearly going to do whatever they can to qualify for these debates, whether that’s spending millions of dollars on television ads or encouraging donors to sign up for these online polls.”

A New York Times analysis of polling and donation data shows that nine of the 24 Democratic candidates have already qualified for the next debates by collecting donations from at least 130,000 people and reaching 2 percent support in four qualifying polls. The deadline to meet those standards is Aug. 28.

Mr. Castro, Ms. Gabbard, Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Steyer are all within striking distance. Mr. Castro and Mr. Steyer need only one more qualifying poll; Ms. Gabbard needs three more; and Ms. Gillibrand needs about 30,000 more donors as well as three more qualifying polls.

None of the other candidates except former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado have hit 2 percent in any qualifying polls, and Mr. Hickenlooper had only about 14,000 individual donors as of June 30. The Times reported this week that he was considering dropping out of the race.

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The campaigns are not necessarily seeing a return on their investment as they hunt for new donors; many are asking for $1 contributions. But the size of the donations does not matter for debate qualification, only the number of individual contributors. That has skewed campaigns’ strategies and encouraged them to create advertising they hope will go viral.

Mr. Castro’s new advertisement is set to appear Wednesday on Fox News in Bedminster, where Mr. Trump is staying at his golf course. In the ad, Mr. Castro speaks directly to the president, ticking off Mr. Trump’s words and actions that he says “stoked the fire of racists” and inspired the mass shooting that killed 22 people in El Paso this month.

“Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family,” Mr. Castro says in the ad. “Words have consequences.”

Mr. Castro’s campaign said it spent $2,775 to run the ad a few times on Wednesday. His team said the ad was meant to send a message to Mr. Trump, who watches Fox News regularly, but campaign officials also expected it would resonate with voters.

Ms. Gillibrand’s new 30-second ad, titled “Imagine,” paints her as “a leader driven by compassion, brave enough to take on the impossible, who looks beyond herself to do what’s best for us.” Her campaign said the ad spending was intended in part to “bolster the campaign’s efforts to qualify for the fall debates.”

Ms. Gillibrand’s campaign had more than $8 million on hand at the end of June, and her aides have said that the 24 hours after the July debate were her strongest of the campaign in terms of bringing in new online donors and contributions.

She has spent heavily since then. Over the past month, her campaign spent $1 million on Facebook ads, according to data from the company, second only to Mr. Steyer’s campaign during that period.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard has been urging her supporters to take part in polls that could help her meet the qualification threshold. CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

Mr. Steyer’s team has said he plans to spend at least $100 million on the race. His campaign has already spent about $3 million advertising on Facebook and $820,000 on Google, according to data from those companies.

In the seven-day period ending on Sunday, he spent $1.1 million on Facebook, roughly five times as much as the second highest-spending Democratic candidate in that period, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. On Sunday alone, Mr. Steyer spent about $140,000 on Facebook — more than what many candidates, including Senator Kamala Harris of California and former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, spent on the platform in the past month.

Mr. Steyer has also spent about $6.5 million on television advertising since he hit the trail, according to Medium Buying, a Republican media buying agency.

A spokesman for Mr. Steyer’s campaign declined to comment on its spending and the amount of money it had raised in contributions. But other campaigns took note that Mr. Steyer had reached the donor threshold so quickly.

“The D.N.C. donor requirement may have been added with the right intentions, but there’s no doubt that it’s created a situation in which billionaires can buy their way onto the debate stage,” Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana said in a statement on Tuesday. “We’re kidding ourselves if we’re calling a $10 million purchase of 130,000 donors a demonstration of grass-roots support.”

Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund investor, has spent millions of dollars flooding the internet with ads.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times

Ms. Gabbard — who left the campaign trail this week to report for a two-week training exercise with the National Guard — is in need of better polling results. In an effort to improve those prospects, her team sent an email to supporters this month imploring them to “take the time to answer if you receive a call from a pollster or are presented with an online poll.”

The email also listed “ways you can increase your chances of being selected for a debate-qualifying poll.” It encouraged supporters to fill out surveys from the online polling firms Survey Monkey and YouGov in an effort to be selected for their presidential primary polls.

Doug Rivers, YouGov’s chief scientist, said in an email that he and his team were aware of messages like the one sent by the Gabbard campaign. But he said the company’s systems made it extremely unlikely that a newly registered respondent would be surveyed in a qualifying poll. Even then, he said, there would be too few new panelists to skew the results.

A spokeswoman for Survey Monkey said it randomly selects its respondents and prevents those selected from responding multiple times.

Thomas Kaplan contributed reporting.

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Germany and China Hit Hard by Trade War, New Data Indicates

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FRANKFURT — In ominous signs of the damage being done by the trade war between China and the United States, data released on Wednesday indicated that the German economy is hurtling toward recession and that growth at Chinese factories is slowing at a pace not seen in almost two decades.

Germany’s economy shrank 0.1 percent from April through June and it has been treading water for the past year, the government’s official statistics agency said. Deutsche Bank analysts predicted that the economy would continue to shrink in the current quarter, meeting the technical definition of a recession.

In China, factory output in July fell to its slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data. Although the Chinese economy posted trade figures that were stronger than expected last week, the industrial output figure was another sign that China’s overall growth rate continues to slow under the weight of Beijing’s trade war with the United States and the country’s debt problems.

It is not surprising that China and Germany are stumbling under the weight of the trade pressures. China is the world’s largest exporter of goods and services, just ahead of the United States, and Germany is No. 3. Both have been countries hit directly by President Trump’s tariffs, and more broadly by the disruption to the global economy that the trade conflict has caused.

Still, the fresh data helped drive down stock prices around Europe. The main stock indexes in Frankfurt, Paris and London were all down 1 percent or more in midday trading.

In the United States, the S&P 500 dropped more than 1.5 percent in early trading. Yields on United States government bonds also fell, a signal that investors were lowering their expectations for growth. Bond yields, which drop as prices rise, have been tumbling since a recent escalation of the conflict pushed investors seeking a safe haven toward government bonds.

The troubles of Germany and China are a bad omen for the rest of the world, because of the outsize roles the countries play in global commerce.

Automobiles, Germany’s biggest export product, are a prime example of the collateral damage being done by the broader trade war. The German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW all earn at least a third of their revenue in China, where auto sales have been slipping after years of explosive growth. One major factor in the slide is the barrage of trade threats that have unsettled Chinese consumers, discouraging them from buying big-ticket goods.

Germany’s economic performance was the worst of any eurozone country during the second quarter, separate data from the European Union statistics agency indicated.

That is an embarrassment for Germany, which has long lectured other countries on how to manage their economies. The slumping growth will probably increase calls for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to increase spending to stimulate the economy.

“Today’s G.D.P. report definitely marks the end of a golden decade for the German economy,” Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany, said in a note to clients. “The pressure on the German government to act will increase.”

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ICE offices, workers hit by wave of violence and threats: ‘We know where all your children live’

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workers are facing a rapidly escalating series of threats, including protesters menacing their children and shots being fired at their offices, amid a rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls.

Footage published Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE.

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One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” the protester yelled. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”

“We know where you sleep at night,” another protester shouted. “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”

“We’re not actually joking,” the protester said before shouting the location of where Bulfin lives. “John Bulfin you go to [bleeped out], you go to church on [bleeped out], you live on [bleeped out] the road. We are not joking.”

Another can be heard yelling: “When immigrant bodies are under attack, what do we do?”

“Fight back,” other protesters responded.

Breitbart reports that the footage was taken a day before shots were fired early Tuesday at an ICE office and GEO Group office in San Antonio, Texas, in what the FBI has called a “targeted attack.”

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at an ICE building where two floors house administrative and executive offices, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet reported another shooting occurred at a separate facility where an ICE contractor is located.

“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said. “This is no question a very targeted attack. It’s not a secret facility, you can go online, it’s [the address is] out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting Director Ken Cuccinelli tweeted out pictures of the bullet holes.

The incidents are the latest escalation in anti-ICE sentiment that has shifted from calls to abolish the agency and claims that it is “caging children” to threats and violence within the space of a year.

Last month, a man was killed by Washington state authorities when he threw incendiary devices at both an immigration center and nearby propane tanks. In Colorado, protesters demonstrating outside an ICE facility replaced the American flag with the Mexican flag. Also last month, protesters were arrested after trying to storm an ICE building in Washington, D.C.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that people need to tone down “dangerous” rhetoric that demonizes ICE officials.

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“The environment where we’re demonizing our law enforcement for doing their jobs and enforcing the law on the books is concerning,” he said. “It can be dangerous and it can result in people taking action that are not supported by facts that are not in response to anything inappropriate that the men and women of ICE are doing and we’ve got to tone that down.”

In an op-ed for Fox News Wednesday, Former ICE Director Thomas Homan said that he had to deal with death threats when he was in charge of the agency and had to receive round-the-clock armed protection for weeks.

He also noted increasingly heated rhetoric from elected Democrats and presidential hopefuls about the work ICE does.

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“In addition to the threats of violence, we see elected officials at the local, state and national level calling the Border Patrol, ICE and anyone that enforces our immigration law Nazis, racists, and obscene names,” he wrote.

He also asked where the outrage was from Democrats, who recently have partly blamed President Trump for creating anti-immigrant sentiment that encouraged the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“Here’s the bottom line: Hate is hate, terrorism is terrorism, and murder is murder. Politicians who condemn attacks on themselves and institutions and policies they support have an obligation to condemn such attacks on their opponents just as vigorously.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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