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“i always felt weird around him after that”

our current cultural moment has provoked an unprecedented excavation of the female memory. recollections of violations large and small, thoroughly traumatizing and mildly annoying, top-of-mind and all but forgotten, have poured onto the internet like a million leaks from an ancient, overfilled vessel. many have seen themselves in the stories of alleged abuse by harvey weinstein, louis c.k., brett ratner, john besh, james toback, jesse lacey, or any of the dozens of other men who’ve been accused of sexual exploitation in recent weeks. some of these women had already recognized certain incidents from their past as harassment or abuse. others have been forced by this interminable news cycle to relive, reconsider, and reclassify some of the t...




mick mulvaney wanted to eliminate the consumer financial protection bureau. now trump’s putting him in charge of it.

the consumer financial protection bureau is the federal regulator charged with policing the predatory behavior of banks, payday lenders, student loan servicers, and all manner of other financial institutions that have a habit of ripping off customers. mick mulvaney is the deeply conservative and rhetorically inept former congressman from south carolina who now serves as donald trump’s budget director. you may remember him from the time he told reporters that meals on wheels “doesn’t work.” or his flailing attempts to redefine the word compassion to mean cutting programs that help the elderly. he is also, generally, not a fan of regulations or regulators, and especially not the cfpb. “i don’t like the fact that cfpb exists, i...




justice league hates its predecessor almost as much as the rest of us did

justice league, the latest ip-to-cash conversion scheme from warner bros. and dc comics, seems to hate its predecessor almost as much as the rest of us did. last year’s batman v superman: dawn of justice was as grim as its title was ungainly; justice league actually attempts to make jokes. that film was nihilistic, with protagonists who beefed with each other for no particular reason; this one strains to be hopeful, with unlikely compatriots uniting for a greater good. that movie, despite its promised tête-à-tête, was weighted down by extraneous flashbacks, clunky exposition, and inscrutable teases of future films. and this one … well, it muddles through a lot of flashbacks, exposition, and marginally less inscrutable teases. what di...




netflix’s mudbound gives one of our most promising filmmakers her biggest canvas yet

it’s almost difficult to believe that only six years after her feature debut, pariah, dee rees has now been empowered to create something as ambitious as mudbound. in a different era—say, 20 years ago—it would likely have taken much longer or never really happened at all. many black female directors emerged before her with promising starts, from darnell martin to julie dash to kasi lemmons to cheryl dunye, only to see their careers stall, sometimes indefinitely, due to forces largely outside of their control. it’s only recently that hollywood has become interested in promoting black female voices like ava duvernay’s, let alone those of black lesbian filmmakers such as rees. but here we are, in 2017, and you better believe it. rees...




protesters in east palo alto fight the evictions of working families forced to live in rvs

the city of east palo alto, california, sent a tow truck on wednesday morning to haul away a dozen rvs in which homeless families have been living. the tow truck was met by a crowd of protesters, who blocked its way and helped push broken rvs into new curbside parking spaces where they would be safe from the eviction order issued by the city. the san jose mercury news called the move “a crackdown on the new mode of low-income housing in the bay area.” the problem, east palo alto says, is that rv residents there have clogged storm drains by illegally dumping sewage from the campers. with big rains expected at the end of the week, the city is concerned the sewage could flood the area. this kind of police action, a periodic occurrence i...




republicans now plan to pass permanent tax cuts for corporations and temporary tax cuts for everybody else

the latest version of the senate tax plan can more or less be summed up in 10 words: temporary tax cuts for families. permanent tax cuts for corporations. this is the politically awkward workaround republicans have settled on in order to move their bill forward with a party-line vote. in the best-case scenario for taxpayers, it’ll be nothing but an on-paper charade meant to satisfy the senate’s restrictions against bills that add to the long-term deficit. in the worst-case scenario, it could turn into a broad tax hike on middle-class households that in turn pays for perpetual corporate tax reductions. how did we get here? republicans are relying on the senate’s budget reconciliation process to pass their tax plan without democratic...




bill gates’ smart city in arizona is not smart, not a city, and has little to do with bill gates

here are some things you should know about the smart city bill gates is building in phoenix. it’s not a city, nor is it “smart,” nor does the microsoft founder appear to be involved in any meaningful way. and when outlets like cnbc say it’s in phoenix, well… the plot of land in question is some 40 miles west of phoenix, on the western edge of the metropolis’s westernmost suburb. still, it appears to be true that cascade investment llc, the firm that manages an uncertain number of billions of gates’ money, used a subsidiary llc called mt. lemmon holdings to invest $80 million in a greenfield development project here—if the term can be applied to the very-not-green arizona desert. despite suggestive posts from the verge, c...




republicans have decided to attack obamacare to pay for their tax cuts

introducing the politics of obamacare repeal into the tax reform conversation seems like a very easy way for republicans to once again sabotage their policy agenda. it looks like they’re doing it anyway. faced with difficult budget math that could force them to scale back their tax ambitions, gop senators have decided to fund some of their proposed tax cuts by repealing obamacare’s individual mandate. killing the rule, which requires americans to purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty, could save the government $338 billion over a decade, according to the congressional budget office—essentially by dissuading people from signing up for medicaid or buying federally subsidized coverage on the affordable care act’s exchanges....




fox analyst steps down from management at her law firm after saying women regularly lie about sexual harassment

the fox news legal analyst who told sean hannity that women regularly lie about sexual harassment and that actual victims of predators are rare has stepped down from management at her law firm following the controversy over her comments. mercedes colwin, an employment lawyer who specializes in defending corporate executives accused of harassment, will no longer serve as the managing partner of gordon rees scully mansukhani’s new york office, according to a report on the american lawyer. colwin appeared on hannity’s show last week to discuss the washington post’s report that alabama senate candidate roy moore had dated teenagers and allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl. colwin, who has been a fox analyst since 2005, told the host th...




the spy reporters who broke the james toback story 28 years ago on everything since

last month, as a ... of revelations about harvey weinstein began to inspire people to speak out about other men in hollywood, the los angeles times’ glenn whipp published an article reporting that 38 women said director james toback sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. the article outlined a pattern in the women’s accounts: in allegation after allegation, toback used his name and reputation as a director to entice young women to meet with him alone then quickly turned the conversation to sexual topics before masturbating or dry-humping his victims. those first 38 opened the floodgates: in the days after the story was published, whipp was contacted by more than 200 additional women who shared their own experiences with toback. (...




the spy reporters who broke the james toback story 28 years ago on everything since

last month, as a ... of revelations about harvey weinstein began to inspire people to speak out about other men in hollywood, the los angeles times’ glenn whipp published an article reporting that 38 women said director james toback sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. the article outlined a pattern in the women’s accounts: in allegation after allegation, toback used his name and reputation as a director to entice young women to meet with him alone then quickly turned the conversation to sexual topics before masturbating or dry-humping his victims. those first 38 opened the floodgates: in the days after the story was published, whipp was contacted by more than 200 additional women who shared their own experiences with toback. (...




the senate’s tax bill is still a cruddy deal for the middle class

credit where it’s due: the tax reform bill that senate republicans revealed last week is less of an egregious giveaway to the very wealthy than what’s being concocted in the house. contrary to what some headlines have suggested, however, the biggest winner under the senate’s plan is not the middle class. far from it. the legislation still favors the rich—particularly those who stand to benefit from corporate tax cuts—and millions of ordinary households either won’t get much in the bargain at all or will end up owing more to the irs than they do now. the house tax plan was a gaudy gift to the gop’s donors—the legislative equivalent of wrapping a bow around a buggati and leaving it in charles koch’s driveway. according to...




on reputation, the “old taylor” is dead, but the new one isn’t quite ready to come to the phone

“my reputation’s never been worse/ so you must like me for me,” sings taylor swift on “delicate,” one of the many times the title of her new album reputation appears in the lyrics. it’s a self-conscious move from this self-conscious artist, and one that hints at the arc the whole record traces, just loosely enough not to turn into a full-on pop opera. the heroine’s public life is hitting bottom, but after raging, lashing out, getting drunk, having clandestine affairs, and otherwise letting her bad-girl colors show more brazenly than ever before, she achieves a kind of liberation. just maybe, now, she can make her private life her own at last, and get past her own obsession with how she’s seen—able to shrug, in the closin...




watching louis c.k.’s new movie and saying goodbye

scandal is way too small a word for what’s happening right now in the world of hollywood, and washington, and the tech industry, and the restaurant business, and—i guess it’s quicker and more comprehensive just to say “the world.” scandal implies an aberration in a system, a disruption in a previously stable field. this is something deeper and more unsettling: the revelation that the whole system was rotten all along. we need a name for whatever the thing is that’s happening, though, because it’s apparently just going to keep on happening. now louis c.k., maybe the most influential comedian of the past decade, has been felled by the scythe of sexual misconduct allegations that’s clearing a swath through our popular culture...




the lawyer who told hannity that women lie about harassment for money is a boss at one of the country’s largest firms

i try not to allow myself to get worked up about the vile things fox news hosts and their guests say on air most nights. but i’ve had trouble getting this clip from thursday night’s hannity out of my head. in it, a powerful female attorney with a management role at a major american law firm says that women frequently make up sexual harassment claims for money and that actual victims of sexual predators are “few and far between.” fox news legal analyst mercedes colwin was appearing on sean hannity’s show to discuss the bombshell allegations against alabama senate candidate roy moore, who according the washington post took home and undressed a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old prosecutor. the segment...




every single star in murder on the orient express is upstaged by kenneth branagh’s moustache

kenneth branagh has a history of being upstaged by his facial hair. his 1996 version of hamlet was the first to present shakespeare’s play in its entirety on film, but that feat, and the preservation of branagh’s celebrated stage performance, was undercut by the shape-shifting soul patch sported by his prince of denmark, which seemed to fluctuate with the north-northwest wind. as the villain in wild wild west, his intricately landscaped beard made for a pointed contrast with hero will smith’s untended stubble; only a truly evil man could spend so much time self-grooming. those follicular follies, however, pale before the massive moustache strapped onto branagh’s face in murder on the orient express, in which he plays agatha christ...




what texas can teach democrats about defending sanctuary cities

a nine-point margin of victory on tuesday night for ralph northam, the democratic candidate for virginia governor, appears to have vanquished the doubts that clung to his campaign in the days before the election. that his victory speech was interrupted by three protesters with signs that read, “sanctuary for all,” a reference to the governor-elect’s waffling on a state-wide pre-emption law for so-called sanctuary cities—jurisdictions in some way uncooperative with federal immigration police—will be an afterthought. to the extent anyone remembers the sanctuary city issue in the virginia gubernatorial election, they’ll remember it for the fear-mongering advertisements of northam’s opponent, ed gillespie, that drew condemnation f...




trump’s top economic adviser goes full-plutocrat in embarrassing cnbc interview

gary cohn, the former goldman sachs president who’s now donald trump’s top economic adviser, accidentally went full-plutocrat during an interview with cnbc’s john harwood published today, while attempting to defend the administration’s ludicrously regressive tax plan. among other bloopers, the national economic council director explained that ceos of big corporations were “the most excited group out there” about a proposal that would ultimately raise taxes on a good chunk of the middle class. he also said that while the administration hadn’t “set out” to lower taxes on the wealthy, he’s “not upset” about it, as if its massive rate cuts for business owners were merely some form of serendipity. cohn also left it un...




three billboards outside ebbing, missouri is martin mcdonagh’s darkest, funniest movie yet

mildred hayes, the divorced single mother played with searing ferocity by frances mcdormand in three billboards outside ebbing, missouri, is a hard person to be around. understandably so, since it’s only been seven months since her teenage daughter, angela, was found raped and murdered near their house in the small town of the title. fixated on finding the perpetrator, mildred cruises the streets in her old wood-paneled station wagon, dressed in a union work suit she seems never to take off, gaze fixed stonily ahead. she has no patience for the soothing pleasantries of the local priest, who drops by her house for a cup of tea and is served a profane rant about pedophilia in the catholic clergy. she even scoffs at the repeated pleas of her...




carrier plant trump "saved" planned to lay off 200 people on last working day before christmas

remember president-elect trump's triumphant appearance in indiana at the carrier plant where he'd cut a deal to save jobs that were set to be moved to mexico? well, in the first place, the agreement only ever extended to 800 specific workers, not everyone at the 2,000-person plant. and this week the company announced that some of the workers set to lose their jobs would be extended through jan. 11—a departure from the the original plan, which was to lay them off on dec. 22, i.e. the last working day before christmas. from the indianapolis star: carrier expects to lay off 215 people in january, down from its last estimate of 275. that would bring the total number of layoffs to 553 for the year, down from a previous figure...