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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, who until two weeks ago was one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars, is now fighting for political survival amid mounting allegations that he committed sexual abuse and a solidifying resolve within his party to take a hard line on any such transgressions.

The senator from Minnesota's problems were compounded Thursday by a move by top Democrats to force out another lawmaker showed a growing eagerness to immunize the party on an issue that is turning into a social movement.

In the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her three deputies called on Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D., Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress, to resign in the face of accusations that he mistreated female aides for more than two decades. "Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone," Pelosi said.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

If she decides to challenge President Trump in 2020, Warren will have to relitigate a controversy that first ignited in 2012.

When President Donald Trump casually invoked "Pocahontas" during a ceremony honoring Native Americans on Monday, Washington's political class swiftly went into its familiar and usually unfulfilling ritual of trying to decipher his deeper intentions.

Was he attempting to purposefully distract media coverage away from the White House's skirmish with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Was he simply reaching for cheap levity among a group he was largely unfamiliar with?

Or did he view it as an irresistible opportunity to strike at a reoccurring political nemesis who he views as a gathering threat to his re-election prospects in 2020? read more


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

During an interview on Andy Cohen's satellite radio show Radio Andy, actress Melissa Gilbert claimed that director Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors.

At first, Gilbert told her story without naming any names. She kept the accusations very anonymous saying that she was humiliated during an audition because she had "embarrassed him in a social situation." Gilbert ended up running out of the room crying.

"I'm actually sitting here telling you this story, afraid to say his name, because I'm worried about backlash," she said in the interview. After being reluctant she eventually said, "Oh f*** it! It was Oliver Stone, and it was The Doors."

Gilbert says the role she was auditioning for was the Meg Ryan's character. She goes into detail about the scene she had him read -- a scene he said he wrote especially for her. read more


Monday, November 20, 2017

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances."

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic. read more


Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the longstanding liberal narrative about Bill Clinton and his scandals, the one pushed by Clinton courtiers and ratified in media coverage of his post-presidency, our 42nd president was only guilty of being a horndog, his affairs were nobody's business but his family's, and oral sex with Monica Lewinsky was a small thing that should never have put his presidency in peril.

That narrative could not survive the current wave of outrage over male sexual misconduct.

So now a new one may be forming for the age of Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump. Liberals might be willing to concede that the Lewinsky affair was a pretty big deal morally, a clear abuse of sexual power, for which Clinton probably should have been pressured to resign.

It may be that the conservatives of the 1990s were simply right about Clinton, that once he failed to resign he really deserved to be impeached. read more


Comments

Once you get tired of the drama induced circle flapping, you will see that Ryan isn't wrong:

Saving Social Security

They aren't going to cut SS, but it will run out of $$ by 2030 if they do nothing.

Medicare for All is going to happen in the next 10 years, so quit hyperventilating and get your congressperson to focus on how to fix the shortfalls that the tax bill is projected to create, since no matter how hard you whine about it is will be a reality in about two weeks.

And the hits keep on coming:

New England Elected Official Says Al Franken Tried to Give Her A 'Wet, Open-Mouthed Kiss' Onstage

A former elected official in New England who has requested anonymity tells Jezebel that Al Franken attempted to give her a "wet, open-mouthed kiss" onstage at an event in 2006, shortly before he ran for Senate. The woman says the encounter left her "stunned and incredulous."

The New England woman told Jezebel she came forward in an effort to encourage Franken to take responsbility for his actions, but didn't wish to be named.

"I want my name associated with my own accomplishments," she told us, "and not publicly linked to a man's bad behavior."

According to the woman's account, she was working as the chair of her town's Selectboard in 2006 when Franken, who was then a host for the progressive radio station Air America, came to her community. The woman was invited to appear as a guest in a live taping of his show and be interviewed in a theater in front of a large audience. Jezebel has independently confirmed that she appeared on the show.

After the interview, the woman tells us, "I reached out my hand to shake his." Then, she says, "He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek."

The woman says she was in disbelief. "I was stunned and incredulous. I felt demeaned. I felt put in my place." She says, too, that although they were in an extremely public place, no one noticed: "It was onstage in front of a full theater... It was insidious. It was in plain sight and yet nobody saw it." She adds, referring to the women who say Franken groped them during photo ops: "The other women's accounts of him grabbing their buttocks in front of their mothers and husbands, I believe them."

Just so we are straight, if the attempted kiss was less than 2.9 seconds it doesn't count?

Yea. But. His constituents couldn't care less about child molestation.

Agreed, most of his constituents and their sisterwives think this is normal.

The Republican Party doesn't care.

You couldn't be more wrong, the National Republican leadership has repeatedly stated that this is unacceptable and he should step down. The Alabama Grand Ol' Perverts, on the otherhand have supported him, but that goes more to my point above.

And Donald Trump, aka the master of sexual assault, is campaigning for him.

Trump has been bashing his opponent and been saying that he doesn't want to see a Dem in that seat and actively campaigned for his primary opponent. Oh yeah, you will undoubtedly retort, what about the ad that Moore released? From Alabama.com:

Though President Trump has not formally endorsed Roy Moore, he makes an appearance in Moore's latest campaign ad released Wednesday.

The ad uses a brief video clip of Trump's Nov. 21 comments to reporters at the White House criticizing Moore's opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, in the Dec. 12 Alabama Senate special election.

According to reports, Trump is foremost concerned with Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate. If Jones won the Alabama seat, the GOP majority would be a narrow 51-49 heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

Attacking Jones, rather than directly supporting Moore, appears to be the approach Trump will take with less than two weeks left before the election, according to a Politico report on Wednesday.

The White House has said there are no plans for Trump to campaign for Moore in Alabama.

If Moore wins, I doubt the GOP will seat him, they have already drawn that line.

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