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Oct. 19 2016 6:24 PM

Reports of Ivanka Trump Talking About “Mulatto Cock” Are Exactly What This Election Needed

Perhaps you were sitting around today thinking that what this election needs is more cocks. You are in luck! Although, in fact, what this election got at 4:42 p.m. EDT was the specter of cocks unseen. BuzzFeed chief executive Jonah Peretti tweeted from an airport in Burbank, Calif. that Ivanka Trump’s reaction to her father’s infamous Access Hollywood recording (she called the GOP nominee’s pussy-grabbing remarks “a bit jarring”) gave him, Peretti, pause.

“Surprised Ivanka would be shocked by lewd language,” Peretti wrote. “I met her once & she casually said: ‘I’ve never seen a mulatto cock, but I’d like to.’ ”

Oct. 19 2016 6:07 PM

Here Are the Charges Anthony Weiner Could Face if He’s Indicted for Sexting a 15-Year-Old

A federal grand jury will convene to determine whether or not to press charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner for sexting a 15-year-old girl, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The tabloid site first broke the story several weeks ago, detailing the alleged months-long online relationship earlier this year between the then-51-year-old Weiner and the high school sophomore, complete with screenshots of sexually explicit messages and selfies of a shirtless Weiner. Among the more disturbing details, the girl alleges that Weiner sent her pornographic videos, encouraged her to engage in “rape fantasies,” and asked her to masturbate over video chat.


Oct. 19 2016 3:54 PM

Michelle Obama’s Glorious Versace Gown Is a Perfect Metaphor for Her Campaign Role

Much of our country is struggling to come to terms with the realization that Michelle Obama’s tenure as first lady cannot last for all time. She didn’t exactly ease our grieving process by showing up for Tuesday’s White House state dinner in a magnificent column of delicate chainmail, which shone and sparkled around her curves like a river of liquid gold.

The Atelier Versace gown nodded to the home country of the Obamas’ visitors, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini. The story behind the custom design, Vanessa Friedman reports at the New York Times, lent the dress some feminist import:

Oct. 19 2016 3:35 PM

The Most Unusual Thing About Vogue’s Clinton Endorsement? It Barely Mentions You-Know-Who.

This fall, several publications have made headlines with their unexpected political endorsements. USA Today had never endorsed a candidate before it came out for Clinton last month. The Atlantic’sendorsement was only its third since its founding in 1857. Several newspaper editorial boards that have long backed Republicans, including the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer, have also advocated for the former secretary of state. And now Clinton has racked up another surprise endorser:Vogue.

The Condé Nast fashion magazine, founded in 1892, has never made a formal endorsement for president before. But the United States has never seen this kind of presidential election before, either. Topped by a glamorous 1993 portrait of Clinton by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the unsigned editorial declares:

Oct. 19 2016 3:09 PM

Trump’s Lawyer Reiterates Trump’s Winning Argument That His Accusers Are Unattractive

One of Donald Trump’s favorite defenses against accusations that he has sexually assaulted multiple women over the years is that his accusers are ugly. If you think this argument is nonsensical, misogynistic, and irrelevant when it’s coming from the lips of a man who has recently been described as “a sentient pile of dirty sheets covered in poop,” just wait till you hear Trump lawyer trying to make the same argument on his behalf!

Michael D. Cohen, a longtime executive at the Trump Organization and personal counsel for Trump, appeared on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday to respond to a roster of witnesses corroborating People writer Natasha Stoynoff’s account that Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005. When asked about Trump’s suggestion that Stoynoff wasn’t hot enough to assault, Cohen gave an answer that was both very lawyerly and very Trumpish:

Oct. 19 2016 12:05 PM

Condoleezza Rice Delivers Subtle Burn 10 Years After Donald Trump Called Her a “Bitch”

A fundamentally nice guy, Donald Trump knows how to sandwich constructive criticism in compliments to make it go down easier. So when he called then–Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a “bitch” in a 2006 speech, he prefaced it with a bit of flattery.

“Condoleezza Rice, she’s a lovely woman, but I think she’s a bitch,” Trump said at the Learning Annex’sReal Estate Wealth Expo, according to a New York Daily News report at the time. “She goes around to other countries and other nations, negotiates with their leaders, comes back and nothing ever happens.”

Oct. 19 2016 10:36 AM

Patagonia’s On-Site Child Care Program Is Basically Eden for Children—and Their Parents

Many of us have reached a state of fatigue when it comes to talking about work-life balance. We’re frustrated by the way it often perpetuates the idea that women are responsible for care work, and annoyed by the very American boot-strap optimism behind the idea that individuals can achieve balance, if only we try harder. We’re also put off by our culture’s deep resistance to change.

As tired as we may be of the work-life balance conversation, there are occasionally signs of progress and hope that deserve our attention. The success of Patagonia’s in-house child care center is one of them.

Oct. 18 2016 3:49 PM

Are Parents of Just Daughters More Likely to Support Clinton Than Those With Sons?

Politicians love to cite their daughters as the reason why they can’t condone boasts of sexual assault. If they’re influential enough to get some Republicans to rescind their endorsements of Donald Trump, could female offspring get their parents to support Hillary Clinton?

“Voters with daughters are much more likely to support Hillary Clinton for president,” read a Washington Post headline from Monday, citing its own poll conducted with ABC News. The post’s URL promised a great reveal: “The fascinating connection between having sons and daughters and support for Hillary Clinton.” I think I’ve got it: People with daughters have a more intimate understanding of the challenges women face, so they’re more attuned to the sexism Clinton has battled throughout her career. Maybe they’re disgusted by Trump’s lifelong objectification of women and the multitude of sexual assault allegations against him. Perhaps they’d like a woman in the White House as a role model for their daughters. Fascinating!


Oct. 18 2016 3:15 PM

In 1993, Trump Pitched a TV Show Called Donald Trump Presents the Most Beautiful Women in the World

In 1993, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sent a letter to the president of ABC News pitching a special called Donald Trump Presents the Most Beautiful Women in the World. Good to know that some things never change: Before Donald Trump was dashing off hastily considered tweets, he was dashing off ill-advised typewritten letters.

In this one, Trump promises “huge ratings” for what sounds like a People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People”/“Sexiest Man Alive” thing crossed with a Barbara Walters special crossed with the Westminster Dog Show. Believe it or not, though Trump went on to own the Miss Universe pageant and maintain a presumably fascinating and ever-changing personal ranking of most beautiful women, the special never materialized.


Travis Vogan

January 6, 1993
Mr. Roone Arledge
ABC News
East 47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Dear Roone,
John McLaughlin’s interview with me got the highest ratings in the history of CNBC. Likewise, on public television, Charlie Rose’s interview with me almost got the highest ratings. Who the hell knows why, but it just seems to happen—ask Larry King, Donahue and Oprah.
In any event, in conjunction with Pierre Cossette, I am going to do a one to one and a half hour special entitled “Donald Trump Presents the Most Beautiful Women in the World.” This show will consist of a series of shorts and interviews with ten of the most beautiful women in the world, including Lady Di (who I know and I think will speak to me), Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc… This program will be done on a yearly basis and will get huge ratings. I will promote it heavily—along with everything else I do.
Another network is very interested, but I wanted to speak to you before proceeding. I would appreciate a call as soon as possible.
With best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year,
Donald J. Trump
P.S. I’ll bet it gets one of the top five highest ratings of the year!

Travis Vogan, a professor at the University of Iowa, shared a snapshot of the letter with Slate. He came across it last year while researching a book on ABC Sports.

The letter is classic Trump, who was then in his tabloid heyday as the comb-over playboy of Manhattan. In the note you can glimpse his longtime commitment to ratings and rankings. You can also detect his signature bluster and his sledgehammer negotiating technique: Better jump at this, Roone, because another network is already interested. Trump likely had a receptive audience in Arledge, the man who is sometimes credited for bringing the “honey shot” to sports broadcasting.

For reasons lost to history, however, Arledge did not take Trump up on his idea. What a pity. On this count, at least, the real estate mogul was something of a visionary. His pitch for a TV show of a list of women brilliantly predicts the modern web’s love of listicles and making videos out of things that don’t really need to be videos. Hillary founded Isis; Donald Trump invented BuzzFeed.

Oct. 18 2016 12:46 PM

It’s Revolting to Watch Donald Trump Try to Kiss a Little Girl as She Squirms Away

Earlier in this campaign season, I proved that nobody likes being touched by Donald Trump. With a portfolio of incontrovertible photographic evidence, I confirmed my then-unpopular suspicion that enduring physical contact with the man who still believes he was right to call for the execution of five innocent teenagers is an unpleasant experience.

But the many allegations of sexual assault and forced kissing that women have brought against Trump since then have cast a more sinister light on Trump’s repulsive touch. He’s not just a handsy creep; he’s admitted that he enjoys touching people without their consent.

So when Trump tried to kiss a little girl on the lips at a rally in Wisconsin on Monday, observers grew concerned. “WHERE ARE HER PARENTS” and “WHO LET THIS HAPPEN,” wondered a Facebook commenter. “He is disgusting and sick,” someone wrote on YouTube. It wasn’t just that Trump went for her mouth after planting a smooch on her cheek—it was the look on her face, a stoic smile and blank eyes, as she turned her head away from him.