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BuzzFeed is trying to normalize workplace masturbation after writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom video call with colleagues.

After Toobin trended on Twitter, BuzzFeed criticized those who shamed him. They proposed normalizing workplace Zoom masturbation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

BuzzFeed notes that workplace masturbation is already a thing.

In an article, titled "Jeffrey Toobin Can't Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls," BuzzFeed writes: "You're going to tell me you've never taken a quick three minutes midday to crank your hog? To mash your meat? To butter your own muffin? There’s so little joy left in our lives; are we not at least owed the time to toot our own horns?"

BuzzFeed news reporter and senior culture writer Scaachi Koul defended Toobin by comparing masturbating to other mundane activities employees do to pass the time when working from home.

"[E]ndless snacks without judgment, cigarette breaks at your leisure, Real Housewives on all goddamn day," Koul wrote, before adding, "Haven't we all done something on a work call that, in normal circumstances, we'd never do during a meeting?

"Let he without sin cast the first stone; the benefit of working from home is in the comfort to do whatever you want."

A few liberal companies already provide private spaces for male employees to give themselves a hand in a supportive, uplifting environment. One boss said normalizing workplace masturbation has cut down on incidents of sexual harassment on the job.

But not everyone agrees with normalizing masturbation during Zoom video calls.

"[W]hat the ever living f*** Buzzfeed," tweeted reporter Tim Pool, "you think its normal for people to masturbate during work calls?? is this what journalists do? is this normal for them??"

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O.J. Simpson weighed in on Jeffrey Toobin's Zoom masturbation scandal on Monday.

The former NFL running back jokingly compared Toobin to Pee-Wee Herman in a video clip he posted on his Twitter account on Monday.

"Daaaaamn, Jeffrey Toobin. At least Pee-wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. I'm just saying," Simpson laughed.

Herman was a fictional children's character portrayed by comedian Paul Reubens, who was arrested for exposing himself in an adult theater in July 1991.

Toobin, 60, was participating in a Zoom video call with his colleagues at New Yorker magazine and WNYC radio staffers when he began pleasuring himself.

The writers on the call included Jane Mayer, Evan Osnos, Masha Gessen and Jelani Cobb, who were simulating scenarios for the upcoming presidential election.

At some point during a break in the Zoom call, a few of the writers observed Toobin begin to masturbate.

New Yorker editor David Remnick sent an email to staffers informing them that Toobin had been suspended.

"Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David," Remnick wrote.

Toobin apologized on Monday for the "embarrassingly stupid mistake."

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin told Motherboard

"I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video," he added.

Toobin, a Harvard law grad, will also take a leave of absence from CNN, where he served as chief legal analyst.

Toobin made a name for himself covering Simpson's double murder case, which was dubbed "the trial of the century" in 1995.

His book on the murder case was adapted as a TV series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which won 9 Emmy Awards.

Simpson, 73, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But a civil jury found him liable for wrongful death and battery. Simpson was ordered to pay over $33 million in damages to the Goldman family.

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NY Mag writer Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by the NY Post after he was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom call between colleagues and WYNC workers.

Toobin, who also serves as CNN's chief legal analyst, was caught masturbating during a Zoom call.

According to an update from Vice.com, "This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating."

Toobin apologized in a statement to Vice. "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

The 60-year-old journalist added: "I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video."

A spokeswoman for the magazine said, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter."

Toobin is best known for his coverage of the OJ Simpson trial as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine in the 1990s.

Toobin, who hasn't tweeted since Oct. 13, appeared as a legal analyst on CNN on Saturday, but he has since taken leave to deal with his personal problems.

"Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," CNN said in a statement on Monday.

Toobin has served as CNN's Senior Legal Analyst since 2002.

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A Utah man has apologized after he lost his job for coughing on Black Lives Matter protesters.

Robert Brissette, of Kanab, issue an apology after he was caught on viral video coughing on Black Lives Matter protesters.

The incident happened on Saturday, Oct. 10, at a Kanab gas station. Brissette told the NY Post he was pumping gas when the protesters "goaded" him by throwing rocks at his pickup truck.

"The action was screwed up on my part," Brissette said. "I should never have done that, and that part I apologize for. But to the person that I did it at, I do not apologize to. I apologize to the general public for being a dumb s—t doing that. But the person I did it at deserved it."

Brissette, 42, said he didn't actually cough on the protesters. "I only made the sound. I didn't spit on them or anything. I fake-coughed. It was a fake."

Brissette said he fake-coughed 11 times and he knocked a cap off a protester's head. He said a female BLM organizer slapped him three times in the face, but the video didn't capture that.

Brissette and the BLM protesters are Caucasian. He said he was forced to delete his social media accounts and change his phone number after receiving an avalanche of threats.

Brissette created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his legal defense. But he took the page down after police declined to charge him.
 

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A judge has ruled that a Miami strip club can keep its doors open past Miami-Dade County's "illegal" Covid-19 curfew.

Tootsie's strip club in Miami Gardens won a civil case that was closely watched by other local business owners who were forced to close amid the fading Covid-19 pandemic.

Tootsie's will be allowed to stay open past the county's Covid-19 curfew nearly three months after the curfew was put in place.

Miami-Dade County ordered all non-essential businesses to close at 11 p.m. to stop the spread of the weakening coronavirus.

Tootsie's filed a lawsuit, and last week, Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled that Tootsie's can remain open all night because of Gov. Ron DeSantis' statewide executive order that slaps down local mandates such as face masks and lockdowns.

"The Miami-Dade curfew orders conflict with [DeSantis' executive order] because they prohibit Tootsie's from operating; they prohibit employees and contractors from working; and they reduce capacity to zero for the entire time subject to the curfew," Butchko wrote in her ruling.

Broward County Mayor Dale Holness also imposed a similar order to close all businesses at 11 p.m.

Nightclub owners in Broward County demanded answers from Mayor Holness, who said businesses would still have to shut down at 11 p.m.

Strip clubs are considered essential businesses because they provide a much-needed outlet to release pent-up sexual tension in the male species.

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President Donald Trump was front and center in the pews during a mask-free service at a non-denominational church in Las Vegas on Sunday.

President Trump attended church service at the International Church of Las Vegas, where he pulled out a wad of bills and placed the cash in a collection plate.

Pastor Paul Marc Goulet thanked Trump for helping the church open its door during the fading coronavirus pandemic.

"He gave the church back a voice. He's given a voice to the unborn," Goulet said, as parishioners gave Trump a standing ovation.

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Trump attended the indoor service on Sunday morning alongside close aides Hope Hicks, Kayleigh McEnany and Dan Scavino. None of the four wore masks and there were only a handful of mask wearers in the crowd.

The president recently recovered from a coronavirus infection and he is now fully immune to the virus.

McEnany and Hicks both tested positive for the coronavirus a few days before Trump, the first lady Melania, and their son Barron, 14, tested positive.

All have fully recovered, and all are immune to Covid-19.

Hours before Trump attended the church service, Twitter flagged an anti-mask tweet by Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

"Masks work? NO," Atlas tweeted Saturday with a link to an article that confirms masks are ineffective against a virus. "LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes [sic], UK, Spain, Israel."

The tweet was deleted by Twitter for violating the social media site's "misleading information" policy, a spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News on Sunday.

A recent study by the CDC shows masks are ineffective against the virus.

According to the study, 85% of people who "always" or "sometimes" wore masks were infected -- while only 12% of people who "never" wear masks were infected.

The CDC has since pushed back against their own findings by claiming some of the people who "always" wore masks removed their masks to eat in restaurants.

The CDC seems to suggest that mask wearers should never remove their masks even to eat. The CDC stated that restaurants "are locations where even mask users become vulnerable by dropping their guard to exposure."

But in an email to WCNC News' VERIFY team, a CDC spokesperson stated mask wearing is not intended to protect the wearer from a virus.

"CDC guidance on masks has clearly stated that wearing a mask is intended to protect other people in case the mask wearer is infected. At no time has CDC guidance suggested that mask[s] were intended to protect individual wearers."

This is just another example of the CDC sending mixed messages to the public. If masks are not intended to protect wearers, why does the CDC urge healthy people to wear masks?

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A Florida teacher is under investigation for telling students she has a right to "dislike Blacks" because she was attacked on a train in Atlanta as a teen.

Tracey Brown, a teacher at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Osceola County, was teaching an online class on Monday when she made the statement to a student.

The student told Brown that some black people live in communities where cops "do not treat them right."

"Stop right there, David," Brown replies. "Stop! I want to be very clear. What you don't know about me could fill a friggin' swimming pool."

Brown then said she was attacked at age 16 on a train in Atlanta by a gang that "used the language of blacks."

"I have as much right as anyone else to dislike blacks for what happened to me," Brown said adamantly. "So, you don't get to preach to me what I do and don’t know."

A student posted video of the exchange on Twitter.com, along with a link to a disciplinary action petition and the school's contact info.

"I was told to take to twitter so the link for a disciplinary action petition as well as the school’s contact page are in my bio," the student wrote.

She added: "The teacher's name is Tracey Brown and I go to Poinciana High School."

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Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being sued for sex assault and harassment by the same female cop he was seen kissing the night he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in a drunken stupor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car last year.

Johnson, who was promoted to superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement when he was canned.

Before officers found Johnson slumped at the wheel, he was spotted at a bar kissing Officer Cynthia Donald.

On Thursday, Donald filed a lawsuit claiming Johnson sexually harassed her after having her reassigned to his unit.

She said he sent her nude photos, forced her to engage in sex acts and sexually harassed her at work.

Donald said Johnson told her he was attracted to her. Three months later, he pushed her onto a couch, pulled down her pants and "forcibly" performed oral sex on her. Afterward, he ejaculated on her, and said: "Now you belong to me."

Ofc. Donald claimed Mayor Lightfoot "retaliated" against her after she found out about her affair with Johnson in 2016.

During a press conference to announce Johnson's termination on Dec. 2, Lightfoot refused to release details of his relationship with Ofc. Donald, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children.

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Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured above, 2nd from right) were married in 2017. A scowling Mayor Lightfoot is pictured at left.

Johnson is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett against the city of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was sued by the City for over $390,000 for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies about a hate crime.

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A nodding woman stole the show at President Donald Trump's Miami town hall on ABC Thursday night.

The dark-skinned Latina, wearing a red mask, was seen nodding her head and giving the thumbs up while Trump spoke.

Twitter quickly dubbed her the #noddinglady and #LadyinRed. Some Twitter users demanded to know who she was so they could make her life miserable for being an obvious Trump sympathizer.
 

It wasn't long before Twitter sleuths found her. She was identified as Mayra Joli, an immigration attorney and pro-Trump activist who once ran for Congress and lost to Democrat Donna Shalala.

One user tweeted: "Are you the amazing woman behind President Trump in the town hall tonight? You were fabulous if so."

Another user wrote: "you kept me smiling during the town hall tonight... thank you!"

A third user tweeted: "Were you the red masked lady at the Trump town hall? If so...my hero!!! Made my night."

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Mayra is happily married to a former Marine and current University of Miami law professor Steve Befera. They met in 1995 and share a son, according to Heavy.com.

Mayra is active on Twitter, and calls herself a "former Democrat, always conservative."

Among her tweets in the past few weeks is a pro-Trump song by Cuban-American artists titled "Yo Voy a Votar Por Donald Trump" (I will vote for Donald Trump).

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CNN canceled an interview with rap legend Ice Cube after a Trump aide revealed he was working with the Trump administration to develop a $500 billion investment in the Black community.

"So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight," the 51-year-old rapper-turned-actor tweeted to his 5.5 million followers on Thursday.

Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, said he was surprised CNN even asked him for an interview.

"I've actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can't handle the truth."

Trump top adviser Katrina Pierson took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank the legendary rapper for helping the Trump administration develop the "Platinum Plan."

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Trump plans to "Increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion" to be spent in various ways, including creating 3 million new jobs for the Black community and creating 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

In another tweet, Ice Cube made it clear that he hasn't endorsed anyone in the 2020 presidential elections.

"I haven't endorsed anybody," he tweeted, in response to a user who unearthed a 2016 tweet in which the rapper said he would "never endorse a mothaf–ka like Donald Trump."

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Senator Kamala Harris canceled her travel plans after two campaign staffers tested positive for Covid-19.

The vice presidential candidate was not in close contact with either of the two infected staffers.

Her campaign made the decision to cancel her travel plans "out of an abundance of caution and in line with [the] campaign's commitment to the highest levels of precaution."

The news comes a day after presidential candidate Joe Biden called a press lid to avoid questions about a bombshell email leak that compromised his son, Hunter Biden.

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Some of the emails conflict with denials Joe Biden made saying he never met with officials at a Ukraine gas company that hired Hunter Biden and paid him $50,000 a month.

In one email dated 2015, a Burisma official thanked Hunter for arranging a meeting with his father, Joe, then-vice president for Barack Obama.

But Biden's camp claimed there was no such meeting on Biden's "official” schedule for that time period.

After the email leaked on Wednesday, Biden's camp released a statement admitting for the first time that Biden "probably" met with the official.

Some 40,000 emails and thousands of text messages were found on the hard drive of a laptop computer at a repair shop in Delaware in 2019.

When the laptop's owner missed the 90-day deadline to pick up the laptop, it became the property of the repair shop. The shop owner turned the hard drive over to the FBI, but he never heard back from them.

Fearing a coverup at the federal level, the shop owner contacted President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, who leaked the emails and explicit photos to the New York Post.

Former vice president Biden is still expected to participate in Thursday's town hall event on ABC News.

His campaign is furious that President Trump's town hall event will air at the same time, 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC.

Trump is expected to discuss the damaging emails found on Hunter Biden's laptop.

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First Lady Melania Trump revealed her son Barron, 14, tested negative for Covid-19 after first testing positive.

President Trump announced he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. But Barron and his siblings reportedly tested negative.

The first lady revealed her son Barron's positive test in a statement posted on Whitehouse.gov, titled "My personal experience with COVID-19."

"It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received - I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation's Commander-in-Chief, received the same news."

She continued: "Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn't help but think 'what about tomorrow or the next day?'. My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive."

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Melania was relieved that her 6-foot-5 teenager experienced no symptoms.

"Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative."

Melania went on to say she experienced "minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after. I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time."

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President Trump was treated with antibodies and a steroid at Walter Reed Medical Center. But Mrs. Trump chose a "more natural route ... opting more for vitamins and healthy food."

The first lady encouraged Americans to "continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy."

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Joe Biden called a "press lid" Wednesday morning after bombshell emails and photos were released that appear to show his son Hunter engaging in sex acts and smoking a crack or meth pipe in bed.

The photos and emails were part of a cache of documents discovered on a laptop computer that was never picked up from a computer repair shop in 2019.

The store owner in Delaware told the New York Post a customer dropped off the $2,000 laptop for repairs in April 2019.

After no one returned to pick up the laptop, the store owner copied data from the hard drive and contacted the FBI and Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani handed the 40,000 documents and photos over to The New York Times.

Among the photos found on the hard drive are sexually explicit images of Hunter engaging in sex acts with an unidentified woman, and smoking what appears to be a crack or meth pipe in bed.

Joe Biden called a press lid this morning, shortly after news of the emails and photos broke.

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Most damning for Joe Biden is an email that appears to conflict with the presidential candidate's claim that he never spoke with Hunter about his business dealings in Ukraine.

In the email, a Burisma adviser said it was an "honor and a pleasure" to be introduced to Joe Biden.

He also asked Hunter, 50, for "advice on how you could use your influence" at Burisma.

The email is significant because in 2015 Joe Biden lobbied to get a Ukraine prosecutor fired in exchange for a $1 billion loan from the U.S. to Ukraine.

In a speech in 2018, Biden, 77, described a conversation he had with Ukraine officials: "I looked at them and said: I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money."

The investigator was fired in March 2016.

Hunter joined the Burisma board in 2014, receiving $50,000 a month for a five-year term.

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A fiber optic cable was accidentally cut, shutting down Virginia's online voter registration system on the final day to register.

The cable was inadvertently cut during a Chesterfield County roadside utilities project.

The Virginia Department of Elections said in a statement on Twitter that the fiber optic cable was accidentally severed and no foul play is suspected.

Technicians are working to repair the cut cable, but there is no end to the conspiracy theories online.

Many skeptics believe the cable was cut intentionally to interrupt online voter registration on the last day in Virginia.

Voting advocates said the accident couldn't have come at a worst time. Some voters wait until the last day to register, sometimes after being reminded by the news media or social media.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in support of extending the deadline one more day, but he said only the courts have the ability to extend the deadline.

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The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into Dr. Dre's estranged wife, Nicole Young, for cleaning out one of their corporate accounts.

Nicole is being investigated by the LAPD for alleged embezzlement, sources close to the case tell TMZ.

Dre's business partner, Larry Chatman, recently filed a police report, claiming Nicole, 50, withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars from their business account without authorization.

Larry had previously alleged similar allegations in legal letters fired off to Nicole's attorneys in the past few weeks, and the LAPD launched an investigation into the case.

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In the report to the LAPD, Dre's team claims Nicole cleaned out a corporate account, stealing $385,029 from the label she co-owned with Dre.

As TMZ previously reported, Dre, 55, called out Nicole for making 2 bank withdrawals -- which totaled the $385k -- after filing for divorce. Nicole claims she had a right to withdraw the cash because her name was on the corporate account.

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Nicole, pictured during happier times with Dre, could face up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted of embezzling funds from the now defunct business.

Nicole's legal team tells TMZ Larry's claims against her are nothing but a smear attempt and a PR stunt because, so far, she is losing the court battle. Her attorneys maintain she's done nothing wrong.