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#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

10 hours 3 min ago
The Associated Press reports: Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year’s presidential election. Now the national #MeToo spotlight is turning back to Trump and his past conduct. Several of his accusers are urging Congress to investigate his behavior, and a number of Democratic lawmakers are demanding his resignation. […]

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign

10 hours 6 min ago
CNN reports: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual assault. “President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,” Gillibrand […]

Trump accusers renew sexual misconduct charges against him, say it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see him elected

10 hours 7 min ago
The Washington Post reports: As the country grapples with a national reckoning over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, three women who accused the most high-profile man in America again questioned Monday why their claims did nothing to stop him from winning the presidency. It was “heartbreaking” for women to go public with their claims […]

Why the #MeToo movement should be ready for a backlash

10 hours 9 min ago
Emily Yoffe writes: In the final five years of his presidency, Barack Obama’s administration undertook a worthy and bold challenge: the elimination of sexual assault on campuses. In fact, Obama’s team had a much more ambitious goal in mind. Vice President Joe Biden, the point person for the campus initiative, said at the end of […]

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

10 hours 13 min ago
The Verge reports: Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created […]

Fusion GPS, producers of the Trump dossier, offer what they call ‘journalism for rent’

10 hours 15 min ago
The Washington Post reports: Fusion GPS bills itself as a corporate research firm, but in many ways it operates with the secrecy of a spy agency. No sign marks its headquarters above a coffee shop in Northwest Washington. Its website consists of two sentences and an email address. Its client list is closely held. The […]

Focus on Flynn, Trump timeline suggests obstruction is on Mueller’s mind

10 hours 17 min ago
NBC News reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what happened inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The questions about what happened […]

Macron awards U.S. scientists grants to move to France and escape from Trump’s anti-science regime

10 hours 19 min ago
The Associated Press reports: Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. The “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants – a nod to Trump’s “Make America Great […]

Is the Supreme Court finally ready to tackle partisan gerrymandering? Signs suggest yes

10 hours 21 min ago
Richard L. Hasen writes: Is the Supreme Court about to cause great political upheaval by getting into the business of policing the worst partisan gerrymanders? Signs from last week suggest that it well might. At the very beginning of its term back in October, the court heard oral arguments in Gill vs. Whitford, a case […]

Inside the botched raid that left four U.S. soldiers dead in Niger

10 hours 23 min ago
BuzzFeed reports: The mission that resulted in the death of eight soldiers — including four Americans — in a firefight with Islamist militants in Niger earlier this year was the result of reckless behavior by US Special Forces in Africa, according to insiders and officials with knowledge of the operation. The deaths came as a […]

Trump’s addiction to Diet Coke may be rotting his brain

10 hours 25 min ago
CNN reports: President Donald Trump downs a dozen Diet Cokes each day, The New York Times reported this weekend. His love of the bubbly beverage is shared by many Americans and at least one of his predecessors. President Bill Clinton was frequently photographed with a can in his hand and reportedly placed a Diet Coke […]

America’s uncritical admiration for its generals

Mon, 2017-12-11 09:00
Suzanne Garment writes: Trump came to office promising a return to American strength after years of what he calls failed foreign policy by an effete establishment. But Trump isn’t exactly an embodiment of American toughness: He’s an overweight and out of shape 71-year-old man who escaped military service by claiming bone spurs and has said […]

Roy Moore’s Alabama

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:58
Howell Raines writes: The hickory tree, which stood hard by the unpaved road at the northeast corner of my grandparents’ front yard, is gone. So is the bipartisan flexibility it symbolized in the alliance of an anti-Wallace Democrat like Mr. Elliott and my grandfather, a conservative populist Republican. Like much of Appalachia, Winston County had […]

Alabama has the worst poverty seen in the developed world, UN official says

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:57
Newsweek reports: A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. “I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally […]

Don’t let the alt-right hijack #MeToo for their agenda

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:57
Rebecca Solnit writes: That was fast. In this #MeToo moment, feminism has been coopted by both people who don’t understand it and by people who oppose it. Worse: it’s now being used against people who are feminists and allies. The most recent example comes from Mike Cernovich, the alt-right conspiracy theorist who led the way […]

Ambassador Haley on Trump’s accusers: ‘They should be heard’

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:57
The Washington Post reports: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the women who have accused President Trump of touching or groping them without their consent “should be heard.” Haley’s comments, made on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” diverged from the White House position on the more than a dozen women […]

In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:56
The Washington Post reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual-harassment scandals has driven out some members of Congress. Sen. Al Franken “felt it proper for him to resign,” Sanders said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” […]

The tech industry’s gender-discrimination problem

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:56
Sheelah Kolhatkar writes: One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. Vandermeyden, who was thirty years old, had been working as a pharmaceutical sales representative […]

The myth of Vladimir Putin the puppet master

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:56
Julia Ioffe writes: Over the past year, Russian hackers have become the stuff of legend in the United States. According to U.S. intelligence assessments and media investigations, they were responsible for breaching the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They spread the information they filched through friendly outlets such […]