FROM Jill Filipovic
Republican Debate Roundup The first Republican Presidential debate raised more questions than it answered. Did he really say that? What did he mean? Do those two hate each other as much as it seems? And the main question: What is happening in the Republican Party? One thing is clear - the debate was a ratings bonanza. According to Nielsen, 24 million people tuned in, making it the most watched primary debate ever.
A Feminist Response to Caitlyn Jenner Since Caitlyn Jenner made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair last week, she’s been hailed as a hero and also criticized, for everything from her ultra-feminine look to her reality TV deal. Some of the sharpest criticism is coming from feminists. On Sunday, the New York Times published a controversial op-ed titled “What Makes a Woman?” which has been on the most emailed list for days. In it, journalist and former women’s studies professor Elinor Burkett says Jenner’s definition of womanhood undermines decades of feminist gains. The piece has sparked as much outrage as praise among other feminists online. We hear from the author and another feminist writer with a different experience.
Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb, and the New York Times Should frozen embryos be given a shot at life? A much talked-about op-ed in the New York Times today argues yes. The piece is by a wealthy businessman named Nick Loeb, former fiancé of actress Sofia Vergara. He and Vergara froze several embryos, but stipulated that they would not be implanted without the consent of both parties. Vergara broke off their engagement last year, and now Loeb argues that their agreement should be nullified. But in addition to taking issue with his arguments, critics are attacking the New York Times for running the piece at all. We check in on the controversy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.