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.
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
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
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
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.