Last weekend, as the hot lights turned on the secretive and degrading manner in which sexual harassment is handled on Capitol Hill, we learned that John Conyers wasn’t the only congressman to recently used taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim from a former staffer. In 2014, Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Texas, was hauled […]
Earlier this month, we learned about the secretive and degrading way in which sexual harassment is handled on Capitol Hill. Staffers who claim to have been harassed by lawmakers have to go through a tedious process that involves mandatory counseling and mediation, interspersed with mandatory waiting periods. While staffers have the option of filing suit, they […]
In a sane world, Donald Trump’s presidency should have ended on Wednesday afternoon, when he declared that he would rather have a suspected sexual harasser and child molester in the Senate than a Democrat. He made that loud and clear when he all but endorsed former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore for the former seat of […]
On Tuesday, Buzzfeed revealed that in 2015, Congressman John Conyers, the ranking Democrat and former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, reached a settlement with a former staffer who claimed he’d fired her after she refused to “succumb to (his) sexual advances.” As part of the staffer’s complaint, four other staffers filed affidavits stating that […]
Earlier this spring, the government was poised to take a Russian real estate firm to court for using Manhattan real estate to launder money stolen from Russian taxpayers. But just two days before the trial was due to start, the Justice Department abruptly settled the case for barely a fraction of that company’s illicit loot. Now, the […]
House Resolution 1447, also known as the Death in Custody Reporting Act, passed through its final hurdle in Congress and will soon head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.??The measure, first introduced by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) in April of 2013, and co-sponsored by John Conyers (D-MI), passed the Senate on a […]
Ending racial profiling in law enforcement is not only the right thing to do, it would also save money … so why do Republicans oppose it?