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New Harvey Weinstein Accuser Speaks Out For First Time: ‘He Tried To Rape Me’

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A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein publicly accused the disgraced Hollywood mogul on Monday of trying to rape her in 1998 when the two were working together.

Rowena Chiu, a onetime Miramax employee, told her story on the “Today” show on Monday morning. Chiu alleged that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in 1998 when they were working together in a hotel room in Venice, Italy. She said she was silenced by a strict non-disclosure agreement that she’d been pressured to sign in order to work with Weinstein. 

“It’s very typical of working with Harvey that generally personal questions and requests, massage and so on, are blended in with conversations about scripts and appropriate workplace questions. So this wasn’t something that happened that took place over this one night,” Chiu said, sitting alongside actor and fellow Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd. 

“But it took place over a number of evenings while I was in the hotel working with him,” she continued. “And these kind of requests escalate. Harvey is very persistent. He has a tendency to cajole, and frankly, on this particular evening, he’s a very big guy, he pushed me back against the bed, and I was petrified and terrified as he tried to rape me.” (Watch a clip of the interview below or the full interview at the top of this article.)

Chiu’s story first appeared in journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s upcoming book, “She Said,” which tracks the reporting that led up to the Me Too reckoning in the fall of 2017. “She Said” hits stores this week. 

In the book, Chiu describes struggling with depression and a suicide attempt in the 20 years since the assault. She told “Today” that she decided to break the non-disclosure agreement now because she simply hadn’t been ready to speak up about her experience earlier.

“The NDA asked us to keep a secret about something that happened to me while I was working for 20 years, and that in itself was a very difficult thing to do,” she said. ”…When this story broke in the press about two years ago, I wasn’t ready. … I felt intimidated. I felt terrified. I didn’t know what the repercussions would be both legally and personally, and so it really has taken all of two years to square some of those things away both in terms of my own personal life, in terms of coming forward and speaking to my parents, speaking to my husband, speaking to my closest friends.” 

Around 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to sexual assault and rape. He has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. His spokesperson did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on this latest accusation.

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Drew Brees’ former teammate comes to his defense over backlash from Bible video

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Veteran NFL tight end Benjamin Watson said Monday the backlash his former teammate Drew Brees received for his involvement with a Christian group was unfair.

Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback, was criticized for working with Focus on the Family to promote national Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family has been accused of being anti-gay and for promoting “conversion therapy,” a practice used to change a person’s sexual orientation.

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Watson appeared on “Fox & Friends” and revealed how he reacted to the controversy.

“My reaction was, first, the article itself was misleading and a mischaracterization of Focus on the Family and of Drew,” Watson said. “They were slanderous. And so my response was to stop lying with those sorts of labels.”

Watson, who played with Brees for four seasons, also took issue with characterizing Focus on the Family as anti-gay and discriminatory.

“It’s a shame in this country right now if you adhere to certain biblical beliefs, that we all have a right to choose what religions were adhere to, you’re labeled as ‘anti,’” he said. “What Focus on the Family does is upholds marriage, which family is the basic building block of society. They uphold those things and they’re labeled anti by other people. And there’s an agenda there and that’s what really upset me about the whole thing.”

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Brees responded to critics last week over the issue.

“Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for,” Brees tweeted along with a video. “Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day.”

In the video, Brees says: “I do not support any groups that discriminate or that have their own agendas that are trying to promote inequality.”

Brees then spoke with reporters in an attempt to further clarify where he stands.

He said he believes he was unfairly and mistakenly accused of being anti-gay, and that he participated in the video solely to promote Bring Your Bible to School Day, not to endorse “any type of hate.”

“I know that there are, unfortunately, Christian organizations out there that are involved in that kind of thing,” he said, according to ESPN. “And to me, that is totally against what being a Christian is all about. Being a Christian is love, it’s forgiveness, it’s respecting all, it’s accepting all.”

In a video posted on YouTube, Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly also clarified that the Colorado-based organization is not a hate group.

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“Our goal is to say, ‘Jesus loves you, cares about you, no matter who you are — your race, your creed, your sexual orientation. Jesus died for every one of us.’ That’s the message we want to get out,” Daly said.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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Redskins OT Morgan Moses: Making Adrian Peterson a healthy scratch a 'slap in the face'

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden’s decision to make running back Adrian Peterson a healthy scratch in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles didn’t sit well with at least one of Washington’s players.

“Any time you’ve got a Hall of Fame guy that doesn’t dress, man, it’s a slap in the face,” right tackle Morgan Moses said Monday in an interview with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.

“The older guys on the offensive line have to speak up and say: ‘We need him.’ Obviously, you don’t put a Hall of Fame guy like that on the sideline, and when he’s healthy, as well. I think he brings a lot to the game. I think he brings a lot to our team. But to have that guy just standing on the sideline is just, it doesn’t sit well to guys on the team or the NFL. I think that’s something we need to correct cause he’s a hell of a football player.”

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Peterson is listed on Washington’s depth chart behind starter Derrius Guice as the team’s second-string back with Chris Thompson rounding out the roster as the third option. In Sunday’s 32-27 loss against Philadelphia, however, the running game was a non-factor with Guice and Thompson combining for 13 carries for 28 yards.

Washington also activated fourth-string back Wendell Smallwood to help on special teams.

“Adrian is well liked in the locker room,” Gruden said Monday in response to Moses’ comments. “He’s well liked by the coaches. He’s well liked by everybody, without a doubt. Like I said before, it wasn’t an easy decision to make him inactive without a doubt. However, we did need Smallwood to cover some punts. He did a great job on kickoff return and punt cover and we needed an extra linebacker, also. … This week, in general, I thought it was best to dress three backs, the extra linebacker, and one of the backs being a special teams player.”

After the Eagles stormed back to erase a 17-0 lead, Gruden and Washington faced criticism for its second-half strategy. The Redskins gained just 6 yards in the third quarter.

Guice was making his NFL debut in his second season after he suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason of his rookie campaign. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, however, that Guice could miss some time and is being evaluated for an injury in his other knee. 

“You know with Guice coming off the injury and him having his first action, a lot of us felt like Adrian should’ve been out there, even if it was just to spare Guice,” Moses said in the radio interview. “Cause, obviously, Chris Thompson is not a guy that you want to give the ball to in the A-gaps, in the B-gaps when (the Eagles) have got their big, heavy guys sitting in there. Chris Thompson is good at opening space and that’s what he does well.

“We’ve just got to figure out what’s going on. I know I’m not the only person that feels that way, but we’ve got to correct some things.”

Moses added that he “would be very surprised” if Peterson is inactive in Week 2’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s a first- and second-down back,” Gruden said of Peterson after Sunday’s game. “So is Derrius. So, really, what do we have? About 20 first downs a game. Probably eight of those are passes, 12 of those might be runs, and Derrius can handle those 12. So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get him up.”

Gruden added that he expects the decision surrounding Peterson’s participation to be a “week-to-week” situation.

Peterson, who is 34, had never been a healthy scratch at any other point in his career. In 12 seasons, he has carried the ball 2,825 times for 13,318 yards and 106 touchdowns.

“For sure,” Gruden said Monday when asked whether Peterson would be elevated to the active roster if Guice cannot play due to injury. “Yeah, I would have no problem with that. But we’ll find out what happens, though. We’re going to check this MRI out, and we’re hopeful, and there’s a chance that they could both be up this week.”

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Jimmie Johnson optimistic after NASCAR playoffs streak ends at 15 seasons

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Jimmie Johnson says he is “back to it” after missing the NASCAR playoffs for the first time ever.

The seven-time champ was the only driver who qualified for every post-season competition since NASCAR inaugurated the format in 2004 before coming up short at the regular season-ending Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on Sunday, where contact with the wall took him out of contention with 55 laps to go.

“Damn, what a bummer and a letdown. But thank you to all my fans for all of your support. I promise you, we are getting stronger. This team is going in the right direction,” Johnson said in a video posted to Twitter after the race.

“Chasing eight will have to wait until next year.”

Johnson hasn’t won a points race in 27 months and Hendrick Racing has changed his crew chief twice in the past year in an effort to get him back on track. He finished the regular season in 18th place, two positions out of the playoffs. He is currently tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. on the all-time championship list, with all of his titles coming during the playoffs era.

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The 43-year-old followed up on Monday morning tweeting “Well how about that… the sun still came up. 10 races to go and we are as determined as ever.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Trump Says He Did Not Know About Service Members Staying at His Resort in Scotland

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said Monday that he knew “nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport” in Scotland and its crew then staying at the Trump family’s nearby Turnberry golf resort, addressing for the first time a growing controversy over the use by the Air Force of his resort there for overnight stays by military personnel.

The tweet by Mr. Trump came after the Air Force announced it is reviewing the procedures it uses to place military personnel in hotels, following questions about the matter by House investigators.

“I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!),” Mr. Trump wrote in this tweet. “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.”

In a separate tweet, Mr. Trump also disputed the suggestion that he had urged Vice President Mike Pence to stay at a second family resort, in this case, the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland.

“I had nothing to do with the decision of our great @VP Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!”

The series of tweets reflects the persistent controversies that are arising as a result of questions about potential conflicts of interest as Mr. Trump continues to own a collection of hotels, resorts and golf courses that are getting millions of dollars worth of business from the United States government, political candidates, lobbyists and others, as well as his own political campaign.

On Thursday, Mr. Pence is scheduled to appear at a fund-raising event for a conservative women’s group at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, continuing the pattern of visits by administration officials at Trump properties.

Air Force planes have increasingly used the Glasgow Prestwick Airport for refueling stops, which often include overnight stays. The number of such stops rose from 180 in 2017, to 257 as of last year and 259 so far this year. The 259 stops this year included 220 overnight stays. Since October 2017, records show 917 payments for expenses including fuel at the airport worth a total of $17.2 million.

In March, seven crew members flying on a C-17 military transport plane that was on its way to Kuwait from Alaska stayed overnight at the Trump Turnberry resort.

The crew was placed at the Trump property when a local agent on contract with the United States government “indicated that there wasn’t a room available closer,” the Air Force said in a statement. The Trump property charged the Air Force $136 per room, which the Air Force said was less expensive than a Marriott property, which had a rate of $161, and both were under the allowable maximum of $166.

But on Sunday, in a follow-up statement, the Air Force conceded that the decision might have created a public perception issue.

“While initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that U.S. service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable,” said the statement issued on Sunday evening by Brig. Gen. Edward W. Thomas Jr., the chief Air Force spokesman. “Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance.”

The issue, the Air Force said, is that even if the “aircrews follow all directives and guidance, we must still be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of aircrew staying at such locations.”

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Hurricane Dorian: Medical teams race to save lives in the Bahamas

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ABACO, Bahamas — Under the blazing sun, American doctors and pilots are making life-saving decisions on tarmacs across the island devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

This seven-person team from Martin County in Florida loaded a cardiac patient from a borrowed and beaten up Chevy onto Acute Air Ambulance’s Leer jet en route to Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Michael Ferraro, an emergency room doctor from Cleveland Clinic Florida, was on the fourth plane to land here after the storm.

“The local hospital, especially in the Marsh Harbour area, can’t handle any patients right now acutely so we’re just evacuating them all out. Pregnant women, who are four months pregnant and bleeding, not a lot I can do for them here,” Ferraro said. “We’re getting them out.”

Acute Air’s fleet of four aircraft has been picking up and helping as many Bahamians as possible who lost everything in Hurricane Dorian.

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Acute Air Ambulance began supporting relief efforts into the Bahamas once the main airport became accessible. It was the first civilian fixed-wing air ambulance company to bring medical search and rescue personnel into Nassau, and so far has flown 45 missions between Nassau, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama to transport the critically injured and ill to medical care. It’s also delivering medical supplies where needed.

Their medical team has seen it all.

“The worst devastation we saw was in Marsh Harbour,” said Shannon Taccalite, a part-time nurse from Parkland, Fla., who volunteered to jump on a plane to help on Thursday along with pilot George Kataikas, Dr. Ferraro, and a nurse practitioner and paramedics from Martin County, Florida. They have all been working around the clock to help bring relief, despite the devastation.

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“We smelled more than what we saw. We ran into a certain rescue team that was going through a building in shelters and marking. They were seeing a lot of bad stuff,” she added.

The team is hoping to continue its mission.

Every flight is made possible by private funding and donations to cover the cost of fuel.

A GoFundMe page, managed through the Icarus Foundation, has been set up.

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Brexit Live Updates: John Bercow to Step Down as Speaker

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John Bercow, the animated speaker of the House of Commons, said on Monday that he would step down by Oct. 31, the day Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union. He said he would not run should a general election be called before then.

“This has been, let me put it explicitly, the greatest honor and privilege of my life, for which I will be eternally grateful,” he said, becoming emotional as he thanked his wife and children for their support.

He also warned lawmakers to respect the process of the parliamentary system, noting, “We degrade this Parliament at our peril.”

The role of speaker has traditionally been an impartial, background figure, but Mr. Bercow brought new aggression to the role throughout the fraught Brexit debates that have dominated discussions in Parliament for years.

His actions — particularly his criticism of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament, and his decision to bar a third vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement and effectively halt the government’s agenda — have made him some enemies in the Conservative Party.

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Mr. Bercow’s plan to step down upends a Conservative Party plan to break with longtime convention and field a candidate to challenge him in the next general election. The party had said that Mr. Bercow broke the rules by allowing Parliament to take control of the Brexit process and hobble the government’s position.

Writing in the The Mail on Sunday, Andrea Leadsom, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, accused Mr. Bercow of “a flagrant abuse of this process” and of “giving power to the opposition.”

“Bring back an impartial speaker,” she declared.

Last year, when Ms. Leadsom was leader of the House of Commons, Mr. Bercow was accused of calling her a “stupid woman” and “useless.” He admitted to muttering the words during a disagreement but denied insulting her personally.

Legislation that would require Britain to seek another Brexit extension from the European Union if there is no withdrawal agreement by Oct. 19 became law on Monday, a move that Prime Minister Boris Johnson bitterly opposed.

The opposition Labour Party and others have insisted that they will not consider Mr. Johnson’s request to hold a general election until after a no-deal Brexit was ruled out.

That sets the stage for another battle: whether, and when, to hold a general election. The vote on the snap general election is expected to take place between 9 p.m. and the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The success of the no-deal legislation is due in no small part to the decision last week by 21 members of Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party to defy him on the question of whether to leave without a deal. They were expelled from the party for their defiance.

The Tory revolt against Mr. Johnson, and his ruthless purging of the rebels, have reverberated through British politics, threatening his hold on power.

The prime minister and many of his allies say that Britain must preserve the possibility of leaving without a deal in order to maintain leverage in negotiations with Brussels. Opponents of a no-deal withdrawal say it simply cannot be considered because of the potentially catastrophic consequences for the British economy.

After just one week’s work following the summer vacation, British lawmakers will be sent away again Monday night when Parliament is “prorogued,” or suspended, until Oct. 14, the prime minister’s office said.

Lawmakers will first vote on whether to hold a snap election with the expectation that, as they did last week, they will refuse to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson the two-thirds majority he needs to call a vote next month.

Then Parliament will be suspended after formal announcements in both chambers and a ceremony that includes a cry in Norman French.

The suspension means that, if Mr. Johnson loses on Monday, he would not be able to attempt votes later this week to try to secure the snap election before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

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The prime minister, who just had a humbling week in Parliament, will be spared any further appearances there for five weeks. But the absence of lawmakers at a moment of looming national crisis is likely to fuel criticism of Mr. Johnson’s hardball tactics and his determination to leave the European Union next month, without an agreement if necessary.

Lawmakers have passed a bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit, and the legislation received its final approval — a procedure known as royal assent — on Monday.

Mr. Johnson’s spokesman said that the prime minister would not break that law, but insisted that he would not request an extension to the Brexit deadline as the new legislation requires if he cannot reach a deal with the European Union or get Parliament’s approval for a no-deal exit.

How Mr. Johnson plans to achieve that was not explained.

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Ordinarily, this would be a week of unadulterated excitement in Brussels. On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, who is set to become European Commission president on Nov. 1, is to present her college — or group — of commissioners who will lead different policy areas of the European Union bureaucracy for the next five years.

But Brexit is threatening to put a dampener on this twice-a-decade exercise, as questions of a possible extension to Britain’s withdrawal deadline raise concerns about how the country can remain a member of the bloc without having a commissioner.

The commission, which typically has one representative from each European Union country, has so far refused be drawn into speculation about a potential delay. Mina Andreeva, the commission spokeswoman, said on Monday that the bloc was working under the assumption that Britain would leave by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Other European Union members signaled that they were running out of patience. France, leading a group of nations skeptical of another extension, reiterated its position that any extension would have to come with a detailed plan of what Britain intends to do with the extra time.

“We are not going to do this every three months,” Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister said, speaking with the Europe 1 radio program on Sunday.

The British Brexit negotiator, David Frost, is to return to Brussels on Wednesday to continue “technical discussions” with his European counterparts. These twice-weekly meetings in Brussels were heralded as a breakthrough by the British government, but they have so far yielded nothing in terms of an alternative to the Irish border backstop — a major sticking point in current talks.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to try again on Monday to call a general election, a move that is expected to suffer the same fate as a first effort that fell short last week.

Mr. Johnson’s working majority has quickly evaporated, and new elections would give him a chance to re-establish a stable power base. But mistrust among his opponents is so high that they would not support a new vote until the legislation blocking a no-deal exit was locked in.

That has created an unusual situation in which his opponents, who would normally jump at a chance to vote him out of office, are fighting an attempt to hold a new election, which can happen only after a two-thirds majority in Parliament supports it.

“It’s the most sensational paradox,” Mr. Johnson, who came to power less than two months ago, said on Friday. “Never in history has the opposition party been given the chance for election and has turned it down.”

Many lawmakers in the opposition Labour Party want to wait at least until November to hold an election. They fear that a strong victory in October would allow Mr. Johnson to reverse any no-deal legislation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made clear that he wants Britain to leave the European Union by Oct. 31.CreditJessica Taylor/U.K. Parliament, via Shutterstock

The battle over an extension has raised the specter of whether Mr. Johnson would risk jail to get his way.

Mr. Johnson has made clear that he wants to complete Brexit by the end of October, declaring that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask the European Union for another delay. But legal experts have warned that he could face jail time if he refused to abide by the bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit, which was approved on Friday and is set to become law on Monday.

On Saturday, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said, “We’re in quite extraordinary territory when the prime minister says he is above the law.”

A former top prosecutor, Lord MacDonald, told Sky News that if Mr. Johnson refused to request an extension, “that would amount to contempt of court, which could find that person in prison.”

The government appears willing to “test to the limit” the new law, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab telling reporters that the government would abide by the law, but that it would also “look very carefully” at its “interpretation” of the “bad” legislation.

Prime Ministers Leo Varadkar of Ireland, left, and Boris Johnson of Britain in Dublin on Monday.CreditCharles Mcquillan/Getty Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson began the week in a different European capital, Dublin. But the message was the same as it was last week in London: His vow to leave the European Union without a deal was a non-starter.

“There’s no such thing as a clean break — or just getting it done,” the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, said to Mr. Johnson, throwing his own words back at him.

On a chilly, gray day, with the Irish and British flags flapping behind them, Mr. Varadkar and Mr. Johnson both spoke of the need to find solutions. But the gulf between them seemed wide.

The Irish border remains the biggest barrier to a Brexit deal. All sides want to avoid the imposition of significant checks between Ireland, a member of the European Union, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. A hard border could renew sectarian tensions that raged for decades.

Mr. Johnson has rejected the so-called backstop agreement reached by his predecessor, Theresa May, which would all but keep Northern Ireland inside the single European market for a few years, so that Ireland would not have to inspect goods flowing in from the north.

Mr. Johnson quashed any expectations that he had brought new proposals. He simply restated the case that he made last week to British lawmakers.

“We must get Brexit done because the U.K. must come out on Oct. 31, or else I fear permanent damage will be done to confidence in our democracy in the U.K,” Mr. Johnson said in Dublin on Monday. “I know that this problem of Brexit was not, to be perfectly frank, a conundrum that Ireland ever wished for.”

While both men emphasized the need for a deal, neither seemed to have high expectations for the visit. Mr. Varadkar noted it would be a “herculean task” for Mr. Johnson to negotiate a new deal before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Nicholas Soames was expelled from the Conservative Party for supporting a motion to stop Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal.CreditNeil Hall/EPA, via Shutterstock

There are fights, and then there are family fights, just as there are insults, and family insults.

From the moment last week when Prime Minister Boris Johnson expelled 21 Conservative rebel lawmakers who defied him in a critical vote, the Tories have been in full family fight mode, and the insults have been colorful, to say the least.

A barrage of insults came from Nicholas Soames, one of the lawmakers who was expelled from the party. Mr. Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill, took pointed issue with Mr. Johnson — “Boris Johnson is nothing like Winston Churchill” — but especially with Jacob Rees-Mogg, the House of Commons leader who was widely lampooned after he reclined on the front bench of Parliament during the Brexit debate last week.

“He is in serious danger of believing his own shtick,” Mr. Soames told the Times of London on Saturday. “He is an absolute fraud, he is a living example of what a moderately cut double-breasted suit and a decent tie can do with an ultraposh voice.”

Mr. Soames then offered some earthier anatomical imagery before describing Mr. Rees-Mogg’s speech during the Brexit debate as “the lowest form of student union hackery, insolence and bad manners.”

And to think they were once on the same team.

Reporting was contributed by Mark Landler, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Benjamin Mueller, Michael Wolgelenter, Yonette Joseph and Megan Specia.

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Pilots’ Strike Prompts British Airways to Cancel 1,700 Flights

British Airways canceled most flights for Monday and Tuesday after its pilots went on strike over their demand for higher pay, upending the travel plans of about 195,000 passengers.

The pilots’ union said its members would not return to work for 48 hours after starting the job action at midnight Monday, prompting the latest of several cancellations that British Airways has had to manage in recent months amid a simmering labor standoff.

Terminal 5 at Heathrow in London, a British Airways hub, was deserted on Monday, according to British media reports, a sign that the airline had prepared for the possibility of a walkout. British Airlines said it had contacted customers two weeks ago to offer a choice of alternative flights on British Airways planes or with different airlines, or full refunds.

“After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this,” British Airways said in an emailed statement on Monday.

The airline said it had canceled 1,700 flights that had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

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“Unfortunately, with no detail from B.A.L.P.A. on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100 percent of our flights,” the airline added, referring to the British Airline Pilots’ Association.

British Airways had offered pilots salary increases totaling 11.5 percent over three years, a proposal that pilots who belong to two other unions had accepted. The average captain earns about 167,000 pounds, or about $205,000, a year and the proposed raise would take them to more than £200,000 a year, according to the airline.

Most of the carrier’s 3,900 pilots belong to the British Airline Pilots Association, which say that its members have had to take pay cuts and that British Airways has declined to entertain counteroffers.

The pay increase demanded by the British Airways pilots would cost the airline £5 million, or about $6 million, a relatively small amount given the £4 million-a-day cost of a strike and the company’s roughly £2 billion a year in profits, the pilots argue.

“They’ve previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times,” Brian Strutton, the union’s general secretary, said in a statement.

“The company’s leaders, who themselves are paid huge salaries and have generous benefits packages, won’t listen, are refusing to negotiate and are putting profits before the needs of passengers and staff,” he added.

The two sides have been negotiating since November, and the dispute has already led to frustration among customers.

In August, British Airways emailed passengers to tell them that flights would be canceled because of a planned pilot strike. The airline then contacted passengers hours later to say it had made a mistake with regard to when the strike would affect flights.

The admission came too late for passengers who had already made alternative plans. Many expressed outrage over what they felt was the inadequate support they had gotten from customer service representatives for the airline.

The pilots’ union has voted to strike again on Sep. 27 if the dispute has not been resolved by then.

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