FROM Lindy West
Women Leaders and Sexist Trolls in the Age of The Donald The Seattle City Council’s five-woman majority said "no" to a land use deal that might – or might not -- have attracted a new sports arena. Their decision provoked a misogynist online backlash from "go back to the kitchen," to "rot in hell" to threats of physical violence. Even Samantha Bee took note on her TBS show Full Frontal. They’re hardly the only women leaders facing vicious attacks on email and social media — because of their gender. Does this explain why so few women are willing to run for office… from City Hall to the White House?
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.
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?