The Atlantic:Bill Clinton: A Reckoning — "It was a pattern of behavior; it included an alleged violent assault; the women involved had far more credible evidence than many of the most notorious accusations that have come to light in the past five weeks. But Clinton was not left to the swift and pitiless justice that today’s accused men have experienced. Rather, he was rescued by a surprising force: machine feminism. The movement had by then ossified into a partisan operation, and it was willing—eager—to let this friend of the sisterhood enjoy a little droit de seigneur."
Bloomberg: Don't Hold Your Breath On 'Reckoning' For Bill Clinton — "Younger liberal men such as MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Vox writer Matthew Yglesias were on board with the Kill Bill vibe, too. It seemed like a consensus was in the works to disinter Clinton’s presidency, let out a collective hiss and then bury it all over again with an ugly new epitaph.
But if the conversations I had this week with a few Democratic women in their 50s and 60s are any indication, not everyone's ready for the funeral."
Twenty years ago – the most powerful man in the world became embroiled in the biggest sex scandal of all time. President Bill Clinton. Impeached for lying about his relationship with a White House intern. Acquitted in the Senate. Democrats stood by him. Now, 20 years later, in the wake of Weinstein. Roy Moore. Al Franken. Now a moment of reckoning. Some Democrats saying they were on the wrong side of history. This hour, On Point: Bill Clinton and lessons for today. --Jane Clayson
Trump Jr., Kushner At Center Of Latest Russia Probe Revelations
November 19, 2017
Donald Trump Jr., son of President-elect Donald Trump waits for an elevator at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in New York. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
We'll have the latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election — including communications Donald Trump Jr. had with Wikileaks and increased scrutiny on the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner -- with CBS News' Jeff Pegues, Reuters' Jonathan Landay and Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Max Boot.
Max Boot, foreign policy analyst and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. (@MaxBoot)
The Russia investigations roll on quietly. A slow accumulation of contradictions, subpoenas, indictments, leads. But until and unless it adds up to something substantial, this nation sees two different stories: A president beleaguered by a Washington establishment determined to unseat him on a Trumped-up scandal. Or a presidency doomed. This hour, On Point: Making sense of the Trump-Russia story. Plus, the death of cult leader Charles Manson.
Foreign Policy: America Will Survive Trump, But It Won't Ever Be The Same — "When I walked into the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this summer, I was struck by the glowering portrait hanging in the lobby. Donald Trump is president? It seems like something out of a dystopian film. But it’s not science fiction; it’s reality. Exactly a year ago Wednesday, the voters of America, in their dubious wisdom, chose the reality TV star and real estate mogul as their 45th chief executive."
President Trump weighed in on the controversy around Alabama Senate canddiate Roy Moore, saying that his Democratic opponent should not be elected. Trump stopped short of endorsing Moore outright.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
President Trump weighed in today on the Alabama Senate race where Republican candidate Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct with teenage girls. Over the sound of his helicopter, Trump made the argument against Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones. I've looked at his record. It's terrible on crime. It's terrible on the border. It's terrible on the military.
SHAPIRO: This comes the same day that the longest serving member of the House, Michigan Democrat John Conyers, acknowledged paying a settlement over sexual harassment claims while denying any wrongdoing. For more on all this, we're joined here in the studio by NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Hi, Sue.
SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.
SHAPIRO: And at the White House, NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is with us. Hi, Mara.
MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Ari.
SHAPIRO: Mara, let's start with the president's remarks today. We heard him talking about democrat Doug Jones. What did he say about the Republican, Roy Moore, and the allegations against him?
LIASSON: Well, you heard him say basically it's better to have an accused child molester in the Senate than a Democrat. But he was also asked about Moore's denials. He said 40 years is a long time ago. And he went on to say this.
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TRUMP: He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also.
LIASSON: So although he implied it there, he would not say whether he believes Moore's denials or the women's accusations, although several members of the White House staff, including his own daughter, have said they find the women to be credible.
SHAPIRO: The president has generally been silent about Moore since this story broke. What do you make of his speaking out now?
LIASSON: I think there's been an evolution. He started out with a statement saying if the allegations are true, Moore should step aside. Then it morphed into the accusations are troubling, but the voters of Alabama should decide. Then you had Kellyanne Conway saying that we need Moore's vote in the Senate to vote for the tax bill. We know that Steve Bannon has - his former political adviser - has encouraged the president to stick with his hardcore base.
But now I think the president has gone full tribal. You know, Moore himself is describing this as a tribal fight, the Washington establishment, Mitch McConnell and Democrats all out to get him. That's Trump's brand, too. And today Moore immediately sent out video of Trump's comments that you just heard out to his supporters.
SHAPIRO: And I want to pivot to Sue Davis and allegations on Capitol Hill against Congressman John Conyers, a Michigan democrat who, as I mentioned, has served longer than anyone in the House. Sue, what's the story there?
DAVIS: According to sealed settlement documents that were obtained and verified by BuzzFeed, Conyers is accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards female staffers, including requests for sex acts, that he engaged in unwanted touching and that he was - asked staff to facilitate transportation for women that they believed were having extramarital affairs with the congressman.
Now, Conyers has denied the allegations then as he does today. He says that part of the settlement deal included an express denial of liability and that he agreed to a settlement to, in his words, save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation. The accuser has a different story. She - her identity is anonymous, but she did speak to BuzzFeed. She told the news outlet that she felt pressured to sign and to stay quiet and that she has been blackballed professionally because of it.
SHAPIRO: Congress has been taking several steps to address sexual harassment issues. Where do those efforts stand?
DAVIS: For John Conyers, it means a House ethics investigation. The committee's already announced that they're looking into this. For Congress, it means there is growing support for legislation to overhaul the process by which people can file these claims to do things specifically like make it optional to sign nondisclosure agreements and to put more public transparency on these settlements when they're paid out and, if it involves a lawmaker directly, to make them pay it out of pocket and not by taxpayers.
SHAPIRO: And of course there's a broader context for these specific accusations, which is that women across the entertainment industry, at media companies including NPR and in politics are stepping forward with more and more stories of sexual harassment and assault. Mara, I understand the president also spoke about that today.
LIASSON: That's right. He was asked, what's his message to women? And here's what he said.
TRUMP: Women are very special. I think it's a very special time because a lot of things are coming out. And I think that's good for our society. And I think it's very, very good for women. And I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out. And I'm very happy - I'm very happy it's being exposed.
LIASSON: So that is open to interpretation. Does it mean the women should be believed, Roy Moore's accusers should be believed? What about the more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct? Remember; he bragged during the campaign on video that he could grab women by the genitals, that they let you do anything when you're a star. He boasted about sexually molesting specific women. So what he thinks about that, he did not answer those questions today.
SHAPIRO: NPR's Mara Liasson at the White House and Sue Davis here in the studio - thanks to you both.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
40They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
Democrats have to careful not to take their “eyes off the prize,” getting rid of Donald Trump. In a sense of righteousness and vengeance, we must take a lesson from the Christian-Right and the Zionist and concentrate on what is best for America. Sexual harassment and rape are not acceptable in any circumstances. But the weakness of the Democrats is that they are too easily distracted by infighting. Fight the power that has and is about to reduce the US to Third World status.
It was the Blue Dog Democrats that made the Obama administration, all but a failure in the 2010 Midterm elections because of their conservatism. Everything went downhill from there as the Republicans took the House and the Senate. If we do not put off airing our dirty linen until after 2010, all will be lost again. I we recover either the House or the Senate, Trump can be impeached. Don’t be a Blue Dog—we have been betrayed enough already.
Professor Herbert P. Jones in his Centurial History of the United States writes that the century begins with a conservative US and moves gradually into the 40s toward liberalism. Then in the 60s into revolution. And in then into conservatism as the century begins to wane. This has happened since the inception of the Republic. This does not mean that we as democrats, with a small “d” can afford a Trump to destroy the government with what John Nichols names in "Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse" as a gang of thieves who have invaded the White House.
As Democrats, make a list and check it twice for the 2020 Presidential election, then we can eradicate all the bad guys in D.C. and elsewhere that have had the power to make female working lives “not worth living.”