Dennis Hastert

Hollywood's #MeToo wave engulfs Washington

From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals.<p>But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct …

Donald Trump

20 men at London's Old Vic Theatre report alleged sexual abuse by Kevin Spacey

by William Booth<p>The Old Vic theatre in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from …

Gender

Why McConnell Has So Little Leverage Over Moore In Alabama

National Republicans have called on Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore to step aside after allegations of child molestation. On Monday, Senate Majority …

U.S. Politics

Roy Moore and Our Faith in Our Abilities to Assess Others’ Character

From the first Morning Jolt of the week:<p><b>Roy Moore and Our Faith in Our Abilities to Assess Others’ Character</b><p>We all like to think we have a good sixth …

Conservative View

Bill Maher Goes Off on Republicans Over Roy Moore: ‘We Arrest Our Alleged Rapists’

The ‘Real Time’ host railed against the GOP for defending alleged pedophile Roy Moore and accused sexual predator Donald Trump while castigating …

Culture

When moralizers get caught with their pants down

OK, let’s get this straight. Roy Moore, the self-righteous, Bible-thumping Alabama Republican running for the U.S. Senate has been accused of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Three other women said he pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he …

Christopher Hitchens

First Question: Are Roy Moore's Accusers Credible? Next Question: If So, Then What?

We told you about the controversy roiling Alabama's special election for the US Senate last night, as four women told <i>Washington Post</i> investigative …

Conservative View

Moore: accusations I molested a teenager ‘very hurtful to me personally’

Follow @jordanfreiman<p>Roy Moore attended a Veterans Day event on Saturday where he addressed allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl when he …

Bill Cosby

Eye Planks

[<i>CONTENT WARNING: underage sexual assault, Roy Moore</i>]Remember this hoax?No? OK, here’s a refresher: Mike Cernovich was due to speak at Columbia …

Mike Cernovich

Craven Republicans Tie Themselves In Knots To Excuse Roy Moore

This morning on Morning Joe, Nicolle Wallace criticized Breitbart for defending Republican perv and hypocrite Roy Moore, and said it was an example …

Liberal View

What Paul Ryan can learn from John Boehner’s ‘tell-all’ interview

The Beltway crowd has been abuzz over the recent Politico story about former House speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Over the course of several interviews, Boehner speaks candidly about the reasons he abruptly resigned from the House and offers blunt assessments of President Trump, Barack Obama and …

U.S. Congress

Where Trump's Unpredictability Could Hurt Him

Donald Trump warned us.<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump advertised that he would be unpredictable, and, in fact, saw unpredictability as a strategic asset. In his campaign-season book “Crippled America,” he wrote: “I don’t want people to know exactly what I’m doing—or …

U.S. Politics

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department

One afternoon in late September, I sat down with Rex Tillerson on what, in hindsight, may well have been his last comparatively normal day as secretary of state. It was a little more than 72 hours before President Donald Trump would take to Twitter to declare that Tillerson, his top diplomat, was …

Long-form Journalism

Dennis Hastert accuser's lawsuit invokes Monica Lewinsky, Anita Hill

A suburban Chicago man who sued former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert over a decades-old sexual assault allegation said he was “intimidated into silence” by the former politician’s power and how others involved in 1990-era political sex scandals were treated.<p>Hastert has denied the allegations …

Corruption

Afternoon Mirror: Newsweek Sought Political Commentary From Alleged Pedophile

<b>Quote of the Day</b>:<p><b>“Rinse Pryyybus. Preeehbus. What is that anyway, is that like a skin disease? My Preeehbus is itching me.”</b><p>— ABC “The View’s” <b>Joy …

Harvey Weinstein

Trump Deliberately Tries to Break Obamacare. Does He Own It Now?

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Remember Colin Powell’s “Pottery Barn Rule” — if you break it, you own it? Well, consider the actions that the Trump administration has taken, …

U.S. Politics

Some Democrats returning money they received from Weinstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.<p>Weinstein …

U.S. Politics

Some Democrats are returning money they received from Harvey Weinstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.<p>Weinstein …

Harvey Weinstein

The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men

There are a few, rare exceptions that abortion opponents tend to allow to their hard-line rules: rape, incest, life or health of the mother, and “I got my mistress pregnant.”<p>The most recent culprit in the category of anti-abortion double-think is Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican who on …

Opinion

Democrats Rushing to Give Weinstein Donations to Charity

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Elizabeth Warren among them — along with the Democratic National Committee are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from the disgraced …

Democratic National Committee

Elizabeth Warren to donate Weinstein contributions

Senator Elizabeth Warren is among the Democrats that are donating political contributions from Harvey Weinstein to charities, following an explosive …

New York Times

How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms

The Republican Party laid the groundwork for dysfunction long before Donald Trump was elected president.<p>President Trump’s approach to governance is unlike that of his recent predecessors, but it is also not without antecedents. The groundwork for some of this dysfunction was laid in the decades …

Politics

'Serial child molester' Dennis Hastert denies bathroom stall attack

Before he went to prison, Dennis Hastert admitted he sexually abused multiple teenage boys back when he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High …

Crime

Wall Street’s Lunch Club Is Planning a Reboot in Trump’s D.C.

Wall Street’s most elite trade association has hired a former Treasury Department official as it seeks to reestablish its lobbying heft in Washington.<p>…

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Dennis Hastert 'adamantly denies' child sex assault allegation made in latest lawsuit

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert "adamantly denies" a child sexual assault allegation lodged against him in the latest lawsuit filed since his federal indictment.<p>In a legal motion this week, Hastert's attorney asked a Kendall County judge to dismiss the lawsuit, citing a statute of …

Corruption

Dennis Hastert ‘adamantly denies’ child sex assault allegation made in latest lawsuit

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert “adamantly denies” a child sexual assault allegation lodged against him in the latest lawsuit filed since his …

Corruption

Feehery: Governing in crisis mode

"We want you to do it together.”<p>That was the message from my friend Rick DiBella, who was then producing Fox News Sunday, hosted by Tony …

If You Want To Humble An Empire

If you want to humble an empire it makes sense to maim its cathedrals. They are symbols of its faith, and when they crumple and burn, it tells us we …

United States

Use Bipartisan Opening to Protect Dreamers

Posted: Sep 08, 2017 11:15 AM<p>President Donald Trump's decision this week to remove protection for 800,000 immigrants who came here illegally as …

Conservative View

Congress, don't do to Harvey what you did after Sandy | Editorial | NOLA.com

The expectation is that Congress will approve initial aid for Hurricane Harvey soon after Labor Day and then come back with a full relief package …

New Orleans