Photo: Forensic experts invistigate the scene at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, October 9, 2016. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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The New York Times and other news outlets have interviewed several women describing sexual aggression by Donald Trump. The Republican presidential candidate has called the claims "fabricated" and "outright lies," and is promising to go "buck wild" on allegations of womanizing by former President Bill Clinton.
Meantime, First Lady Michelle Obama chimed in at rally for Hillary Clinton today in New Hampshire, reminding the audience, "This isn't about politics. This is about basic human decency. It's about right and wrong. And we cannot ignore this or expose our children to this for another minute, let alone four years." Amy Sullivan, who once worked in Democratic Party politics, is now senior editor at Yahoo News, has more on the allegations.
For months, State Department officials and a few members of Congress have warned that America's at risk of violating international law. Until today, it was all about US military aid to Saudi Arabia's bombing of civilian targets in Yemen, its tiny neighbor already devastated by civil war. Today, an American warship fired cruise missiles into Yemen — in retaliation for shots fired from shore -- making the US more directly involved than ever. Now Iran is sending ships to the region -- escalating an already tense international situation while a humanitarian disaster unfolds on the ground.
Today, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy announced this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. It goes to a poet favored by President Obama and Salman Rushdie, but the winner is still a surprise: singer and song writer Bob Dylan. Asked why Dylan was chosen, the Secretary said, “the times they are a 'changin'…”
We get perspective on the prize and the poet from Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the Los Angeles Times, and from Kevin Dettmar, chair of the English Department at Pomona College and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010
Photo by Alberto Cabello
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