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Advice Goddess Blog & Zephyr Teachout Column

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      Two well written takes today, by two different talented writers, on the brouhaha surrounding powerful men being accused and punished over their sex-based misconduct. There are things in both essays, "The Problem with 'Believe Women'" by Amy Alkon, and "I'm Not Convinced Franken Should Quit," by Zephyr Teachout, with which I agree, though I lean slightly more toward Teachout.

      Both are well worth reading and considering:

      http://www.advicegoddess.com/goddessblog.html

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      Massive Online Protest Planned Two Days Before FCC Net Neutrality Vote

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          We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, "Break the Internet" on your site, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in?


          https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/

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          Opinion | Our Medicare Policy For Kidney Transplants Is Totally Irrational

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              So, do you have deep compassion for people with severe kidney problems? If you do, good. But even if you don't, these Canadian researchers are completely persuasive that you ought, just as a matter of wise finances, to support government-based aid:

              https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-medica...

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              Democratic Women Senators Ask Al Franken To Resign

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                  By Adam Edelman (includes a video)

                  More than a half-dozen Democratic women senators on Wednesday called on their embattled colleague, Sen. Al Franken, to resign after multiple women have come forward alleging that the Minnesota lawmaker harassed them or engaged in sexual misconduct.

                  Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, all put out statements within minutes of each other saying it was time for Franken to go.

                  https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/06/democr...

                  All together, at least 24 Senators have called on Franken to resign.

                  http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/363543-women-in...

                  According to CNN, Franken is expected to issue a statement tomorrow, 12/7/17

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                  CAN TRUMP BE FORCED TO TESTIFY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS?

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                      The dotard seems to be caught in a swirling vortex of Karmic troubles. It couldn't happen to a more deserving baboon.

                      Lying under oath is an impeachable offense.


                      TRUMP COULD BE FORCED TO TESTIFY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS - AND IF HE LIES HE COULD BE IMPEACHED!

                      Summer Zervos, right, said Trump "very aggressively" kissed her, groped her breasts, and began "thrusting" his genitals at her in a 2007 meeting at The Beverly Hills Hotel. AP

                      • Summer Zervos, who accused Trump of sexually harassing her in 2007, is suing him for defamation because he called her and other accusers liars.
                      • Trump's lawyers will argue in a New York court on Tuesday that the lawsuit should be thrown out because he is a sitting president.
                      • But former President Bill Clinton was deposed while he was a sitting president over allegations of sexual harassment by Paula Jones. Later, when he was found to have lied under oath, he was impeached by the House of Representatives.

                      "People are going to find out who this guy really is," Mindy McGillivray, one of Trump's accusers, told Business Insider.

                      While everyone's talking about special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Trump campaign's communication with the Russian government, the president's lawyers are preparing for an altogether different case.

                      On Tuesday, in a New York state Supreme Court hearing, they're expected to try to have a defamation case against the president dismissed. If they fail, the president could be forced to testify on allegations that he sexually harassed more than a dozen women.

                      The suit was filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," who claimed last year that Trump "very aggressively" kissed her, groped her breasts, and began "thrusting" his genitals at her in a 2007 meeting at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Her claim is that Trump damaged her reputation when he called her a liar.

                      http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-could-be-forc...

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                          By Yvonne Abraham (edited.)

                          The men who say they were assaulted and harassed by Bryon Hefner, the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg, are still afraid to be named publicly. They’re not yet sure whether they’ll cooperate with an investigation into their allegations. And three of them are angry at what they see as Rosenberg’s continued unwillingness to grapple with what happened to them.

                          On Thursday, the Globe published the men’s claims that Hefner had used his relationship with Rosenberg to try to coerce these men into sex and to protect himself from the consequences.

                          They are glad to know they’re not alone, relieved that people believe them, heartened that at least some leaders at the highest levels are taking their claims seriously.

                          In 2015 and 2016, three of the men said, Hefner grabbed their genitals. Two of those allege he did it more than once. A fourth man said Hefner kissed him, forcefully and against his will. The men, who all work in politics, said they felt powerless to complain to Senate leaders, or to the police, afraid that doing so would harm their work and compromise their careers.

                          Thursday night, Senate majority leader Harriette Chandler announced that the Senate will hire an independent investigator to examine the allegations against Hefner.

                          http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/01/they-c...

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