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Miss USA’s toxic culture led to resignations, former title holders allege


(NewsNation) — Former Miss America Cara Mund and ex-Miss USA contestant Heather Lee O’Keefe allege the back-to-back resignations of this year’s Miss USA and Miss Teen USA expose a toxic culture of silencing and mistreatment within the pageant organization.

Mund, who won the Miss America crown in 2018, said Saturday on “NewsNation Live” that the exits of Noelia Voigt and UmaSofia Srivastava spotlight bullying tactics she experienced as a title holder four years ago.

“When you are basically taken your job and you’re stripped of it, you’re silenced,” said Mund, now running for Congress as a Republican in North Dakota. “She had no other way to turn and I just applaud her and her courage to step forward.”

Voigt in her resignation statement announced she was quitting for mental health reasons. Fans noticed that, in her statement, the first letters of each sentence spelled out “I am silenced.”

O’Keefe, a former Miss Montana who competed for Miss USA in 2022, alleged the organization enforces restrictive contracts to prevent contestants from criticizing it publicly.

“From a legal standpoint, I would argue that these clauses … are unconscionable,” O’Keefe said of reported “perpetual non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses” in the Miss USA contract. “When one party … is forced to sign away her rights without any meaningful choice, this is a clear example of unconscionability.”

The controversy further escalated with a leaked resignation letter published by The New York Times claiming Voigt experienced sexual harassment during her reign.

“It breaks my heart to hear that that happened to her and that she wasn’t receiving the support that she should,” O’Keefe said of Voigt’s harassment claim.

While under new ownership, O’Keefe claimed the pageants previously allowed “the organization to override the judges’ decisions and handpick the winner.”

Mund argued the situation shows that top Miss USA officials lack respect for empowering women. “It’s not just mental health alone.”

“When I stood out … and talked about my leadership challenges as well, you just hope that it’s not that way for the next woman,” Mund said. “And so she’s really taken this on.”


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Ударами «Града» артиллеристы сорвали переброску ВСУ у западной границы РФ


Инцидент произошел в приграничном с Белгородской областью районе Украины.

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На территории Волгоградского НПЗ после падения БПЛА начался пожар


В результате случившегося никто не пострадал.

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VOA Newscasts


Give us 5 minutes, and we’ll give you the world. Around the clock, Voice of America keeps you in touch with the latest news. We bring you reports from our correspondents and interviews with newsmakers from across the world.

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Адвокат Кудерко объяснила, кого не пустят за рубеж из-за ремонта в квартире


Из-за незаконной перепланировки могут запретить покидать страну.

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So much for Paul Manafort


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Whenever people are washed up and nearing their end, they often try to bring back the people from their heyday – even if those people are also washed up. This brings us to Donald Trump, who is close enough to his end that he’s just about fully senile and he’s currently on criminal trial.

Trump, who seemingly can’t remember who most people are anymore (he thinks Nikki Haley is Nancy Pelosi and he needed a card to remember his kids’ names), is definitely at the stage of his downfall where he’s trying to relive his old glory. To that end he decided that Paul Manafort, his 2016 campaign manager who ended up in prison and is now a radioactively scandalous has-been, should play a part in planning this summer’s Republican National Convention.

The fact that Trump thought he could bring in someone like Manafort, without understanding the flashing red lights it would set off, is probably all the proof you need of Trump’s senility. Predictably, after mounting backlash, Manafort has now decided to withdraw from his role in the convention.


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It’s the latest reminder that Donald Trump isn’t playing with a full deck, or any deck. The guy really thought he was going to be able to have Paul Manafort planning the Republican National Convention, and everyone was just going to be fine with it. What next, is he going to pick Al Capone for his running mate? There is nothing left of Trump’s brain at all.

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Senile Donald Trump admits he’s “screaming like a lunatic”


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Donald Trump’s babysitters finally ran out of excuses today to keep him from holding a rally. So he’s now on the stage humiliating himself in New Jersey, a state that won’t be a factor in the 2024 presidential election, but is close enough for Trump to travel to from his criminal trial without too much strain on his failing mind. Or maybe not.

During his rally today, Trump decided to confess that he was simply “screaming like a lunatic” during his speech:


Trump: I’m up here screaming like a lunatic pic.twitter.com/JMeEfBooxI

— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) May 11, 2024

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It now appears that Trump’s behavior has become so compromised by dementia, even he’s concerned about how little sense he’s making. We’ve seen past instances where he’s let out a frustrated sigh after he realized his brain was only able to spew nonsense words. But now Trump seems to be openly acknowledging that he knows there’s something wrong with him. How much longer before he admits he has dementia?

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Video: Smuggler in stolen pickup leads Texas authorities on chase


(NewsNation) — Dramatic new video from the Texas Department of Public Safety provides a look inside the dangerous cat-and-mouse game playing out at the southern border between criminal smugglers and law enforcement.

In one pursuit captured on camera, a smuggler in a stolen pickup truck carrying six undocumented migrants brazenly attempts to evade authorities. The chase unfolds across Val Verde County, with the driver blowing through multiple intersections before crashing into a tree after tearing through a ranch fence.

The smuggler and migrants then scatter on foot trying to flee the scene. But with aerial support from the Texas DPS Aircraft Operations unit, authorities managed to arrest the smuggler and track down the six migrants, who were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol.

The smuggler was identified as Carlos Lombardich-Villalobos of Lockhart, Texas. He faces a litany of charges including smuggling of persons, criminal mischief, trespassing, deadly conduct, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

This high-speed pursuit was just one of many unfolding amid the border crisis.

In another incident, video shows a smuggler in a pickup leading authorities on a chase before making a desperate run for the Rio Grande. With helicopters hovering overhead, the driver plunges the truck into the river and swims back to Mexico in a bid for freedom.

Border officials say they are also seeing an uptick in American teenagers being recruited by cartels and smuggling organizations to move undocumented immigrants.


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Меган Маркл назвала Нигерию своей страной после ДНК-теста


Согласно генеалогическому тесту ДНК, Меган Маркл является на 43% нигерийкой.