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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?

The most remarkable thing about the current tide of sexual assault and harassment accusations is not their number. History instructs us that for countless men, the ability to possess women sexually is not a spoil of power; it's the point of power. What's remarkable is that these women are being believed.

Believing women about assault -- even if they lack the means to prove their accounts -- as well as an understanding that female employees don't constitute part of a male boss's benefits package, were the galvanizing consequences of Anita Hill's historic allegations against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Even though Thomas successfully, and perhaps rightly, survived Hill's accusations, something in the country had changed about women and work and the range of things men could do to them there.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore "Iranian markings," the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom's earlier allegations. The comments by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Force's Central Command in Qatar, further internationalizes the yearslong conflict in Yemen -- the Arab world's poorest country. Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them. Riyadh quickly backed up Harrigian's allegations in a statement to The Associated Press. "There have been Iranian markings on those missiles," Harrigian told journalists at a news conference in Dubai ahead of the Dubai Air Show. "To me, that connects the dots to Iran." read more

Friday, November 10, 2017

Last week, Republicans in Congress proposed a tax on wealthy private-college endowments as part of their make-or-break tax bill. The new tax, if passed, would bring in an estimated $3 billion from 2018 to 2027.

University leaders were shocked. Had Republicans in Washington forgotten their own Ivy League roots?

But it would be a mistake to dismiss this move as just partisan pandering. Democrats have also proposed state-level endowment taxes in Connecticut and Massachusetts, homes to some of the nation's wealthiest schools.

It's an increasingly bipartisan view that elite private colleges are islands of wealth. And there's good reason for that: It's true.

An investigative report this week by The New York Times, based on a leak of offshore financial records known as the Paradise Papers, revealed that dozens of wealthy college endowments use Caribbean islands as offshore tax havens for their investments. read more

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In all truth, I was originally never going to tell this story. Because for the longest time, I didn't even know if there was a story. I didn't take what had happened to me seriously.

Sexual harassment, unwanted sexual attention, grabby or flirtatious old men; we're taught as women to make excuses for them, especially as black women. You're supposed to be A-OK with a touch here, a squeeze there, a dirty look, or even an unwanted grab. You're supposed to laugh -- act grateful, even -- for the attention.

I used to work for a very popular media company, and we had a meeting that ended with a keynote speech by the living legend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

After Jackson's riveting and inspiring speech about the responsibility of black journalists, we all lined up to take a photo with him.

I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. read more

Friday, November 03, 2017

As the cascade of sexual harassment and assault allegations rock the entertainment industry, Hollywood's largest talent agencies are girding for tougher scrutiny of their working environments that, in many instances, have long been compared to that of a frat house.

Over the past six months, ICM and CAA have forced out male agents accused of sexual harassment of co-workers. Talent agency leaders are nervous about how aspects of their businesses will hold up to closer examination as fallout from the explosive allegations of Harvey Weinstein continue to ripple across the industry.

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Congrats Corky, you linked to two articles written on within two days of each other in January, 2017. The CNN link that says "No evidence has surfaced to make such a connection" was written on August 24, 2017 and was about 9 Russians who all have died since the election, including Erovinkin.

Nine months, nine prominent Russians dead

"Former intelligence official found dead in his car

Oleg Erovinkin, who had close ties to Russian intelligence, was found dead on December 26 sitting in his car on the streets of Moscow. Russian news outlets reported that he was 61 years old. Russian government agencies have not released an official cause of death.

He was a former general in the Russian law enforcement and intelligence agency known as the FSB. He also served as chief of staff to Igor Sechin, the president of state-owned oil giant Rosneft. Sechin enjoys a close relationship with Putin that dates back to the 1990s.

Because of Erovinkin's background, conspiracy theorists and Russia watchers have speculated that he might have been a source of information in the 35-page dossier that detailed alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. No evidence has emerged to firmly substantiate those claims."

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