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Weinstein Made Us Pay Attention. What Next?

[Content Note: Rape culture; descriptions of sexual assault at links.] Lauren Holly is the latest actor to publicly disclose having been assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. At the link is a description of what happened, which is very similar to stories other women have shared. And then comes this: After leaving the hotel, Holly went to a previously planned dinner with other Hollywood n...
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Trump and McConnell make a show of friendship, but that doesn’t mean they get anything done

On Monday, Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell conducted a joint press conference to showcase just how super sympatico they are on every subject you can imagine. That’s how the Senate passed Trump’s … and moved forward on his big plan for … okay, moving on. Behind the scenes, Trump, his administration and even some senators are...

‘De-certifying’ the Iran Deal May Be Trump’s Most Reckless Decision Yet

Phyllis Bennis Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility. ...

Report: Suspected Carcinogen from Farm Runoff Fouls Drinking Water Across Rural America

Environmental Working Group (EWG) ...

Trump’s drug czar pick withdraws after report he blocked DEA from fighting opioids

Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar has withdrawn from consideration after a major Washington Post investigation showed that he sponsored a law stripping the Drug Enforcement Administration of a major tool to fight the opioid epidemic. Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader ...

Cartoon: Choose your own sexual harassment adventure

Of course, rape and sexual assault victims (as many of Weinstein’s accusers claim to be) don’t have a choice. The point here is that women are damned in workplace harassment situations no matter what they do. Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen ...

Mississippi school district bans ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ citing language that offends students

Nearly six decades after it was published, the book To Kill a Mockingbird remains a classic. While it has always provoked controversy, it has also been a wonderful tool for fostering dialogue, education and awareness among young people about racism and white supremacy in the United States. Thus, it is somewhat telling and most certainly ironic that so many school systems continue to ...

Here Are Two Things to Read About Hillary Clinton

Hello. I am so tired of Donald Trump. It is an exhaustion like I have never known. If you feel like I do (and I bet you do!), then the opportunity to read something, anything, about someone likeable and admirable is enormously welcome. And all the better when that someone is Hillary Clinton. So here are two things to read about Hillary Clinton this morning! 1. Sirena Bergman at the Independent: ...

Donald Trump: Liar, hostage-taker, sucks as a deal-maker

Donald Trump reminded us who he is on Monday. In a pair of public appearances, Trump told his usual blizzard of lies, while his recent policy decisions lead CNN’s Ronald Brownstein to write that “Trump’s go-to move has become to create what amounts to a political hostage situation.” In three separate cases—his repeated insistence ...

Bowe Bergdahl: Traitor to American Exceptionalism and White Supremacy

Matthew Hoh “There is no forgiveness in this loudly and righteously proclaimed Christian nation, only the scapegoating of a young man and his family for the failures of immoral and unwinnable wars.” ...

Morning Digest: Tennessee’s former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says he’s considering a Senate bid

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off TN-Sen: Well, well, well… after ruling out a Senate campaign to succeed retiring Republican Gov. Bob Corker in late ...

‘Low As It Gets,’ Says NBA Coach in Searing Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Trump

“To lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers” is “beyond the pale,” said San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ...

Abbreviated pundit roundup: The president blames everyone but himself for his failures

We begin today’s roundup with Paul Waldman at The Week and his thoughts on the GOP’s civil war: Parties don’t descend into vicious civil wars when things are going well for them. So the fact that it’s ha...

A Code of Honor and Conduct: On Making People Uncomfortable

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Rex Tillerson not literally castrated—please, no film at 11

It turns out there is some good news in Washington. Tapper also asked Tillerson to respond to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said during his weeklong feud with the president that Trump had “publicly castrated” the secretary of state. … “I checked; I’m fully intact,” Tillerson responded. ...

What We Are Reading: 10/16/2017

Becoming a Steelworker Liberated Her. Then Her Job Moved to Mexico. : he man from Mexico followed a manager through the factory floor, past whirring exhaust fans, beeping forklifts, and drilling machines that whined against steel. Workers in safety glasses looked up and stared. Others looked away. Shannon Mulcahy felt her stomach lurch. It was December 2016. The Rexnord Corporation’s factory still...

Republican senator: The big premium hikes caused by Trump’s Obamacare sabotage ‘helps the family’

Campaign Action Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy teamed up with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to create the very worst of the still-standing “replacement” plans for Obamacare, and he’s still trying to make it happen. That means Cassidy must keep popular vote loser Donald Trump on his side. That also means ...

Trump campaign spent $1 million on lawyers in just three months

Donald Trump promised he’d create jobs as president. He didn’t mention they’d mostly be jobs for lawyers representing himself and his son in the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia: The $1.1 million the campaign spent on lawyers during the third quarter of the year is nearly d...

Paul Krugman: The G.O.P. Is No Party for Honest Men

"A strategy based entirely on lies": The G.O.P. Is No Party for Honest Men, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: According to a new CBS News poll, almost 60 percent of the American public believes that the current Republican tax plan...

Is The Fed Setting Itself Up To Fail In The Next Recession?

Tim Duy:   Is The Fed Setting Itself Up To Fail In The Next Recession?: The Federal Reserve remains committed to a December rate hike, persistent low inflation not withstanding. With unemployment below Fed estimates of its longer-run natural rate, most FOMC participants do not need evidence of stronger inflation to justify further rate ...