Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also thinks it’s a head-scratcher. And on Monday, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour she thinks Trump should resign. If you’ve been wondering why politicians from both parties are resigning over accusations of sexually harassing women, yet President Donald Trump is apparently getting a free pass, you’re not alone. Exclusive: @SenGillibrand says that President Trump “should resign” over sexual assault allegations, calling them “credible” and numerous.” https://t.co/quJhZ09vJi“President Trump should resign,” Gillibrand told Amanpour. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made a similar appeal after Al Franken (D) resigned his Senate seat over sexual misconduct allegations:

December 11, 2017 21:01 UTC

Gavin Newsom and education leaders are urging the University of California to address allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct by University of California Regent and radio mogul Norman Pattiz, nearly a year after several people said Pattiz made them uncomfortable in the workplace. The UC Regents, or as they are more formally known, the Regents of the University of California, are a governing board charged with overseeing the University of California system, including over 200,000 students and over 150,000 faculty and staff members. The scandal-plagued University of California system has been working to improve its handling of sexual harassment cases by speeding up investigation timelines. “There is no excuse for any such comments or making anyone feel uncomfortable,” he told the LA Times. I can assure you that you can teach an old dog new tricks.” McDonald told the outlet she did not accept Pattiz’s apology.

December 11, 2017 21:01 UTC

The state-run Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting Mount Paektu in an undated photo released Saturday. Kim Jong Un and North Korean archaeologists also found a unicorn’s lair, or at least “recently reconfirmed” the location of unicorns ridden by the ancient Korean King Tongmyong, according to the Guardian. Also, Kim Jong Il could control the weather, too. But North Korea appears to be taking a lesson from the ancient Egyptians, essentially deifying the leader of their country. Unlike the bellicose rhetoric North Korea sends toward its perceived antagonists, the country's soap operas set a softer tone.

December 11, 2017 20:48 UTC

"[F]or most of the story, I wanted to leave a lot of space for people to sympathize with Robert, or at least, like Margot, to be able to imagine a version of him — clueless, but well-meaning — that they can sympathize with," she said. "I have more genuine sympathy for Margot, but I'm also frustrated by her: she's so quick to over-read Robert, to assume that she understands him, and to interpret his behavior in away that's flattering to herself."

December 11, 2017 20:48 UTC

(CNN) In this terrific New York Times piece on Donald Trump in the White House, one line stood out to me as absolutely critical to understanding how the 45th President of the United States approaches the job. It's this one: "Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals." Start with the fact that TV is the frame through which Trump sees not only his presidency but his broader life. The equation for Trump is that simple. You see that focus-bordering-on-obsession manifested in all sorts of ways during Trump's first near-year in office.

December 11, 2017 20:37 UTC





Story highlights Elizabeth Shackelford was an award-winning foreign service officerShe warns of the administration's emphasis on the militaryWashington (CNN) A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency's influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the "stinging disrespect" shown by the Trump administration. In the letter, obtained by CNN and first reported on by Foreign Policy , Elizabeth Shackelford wrote on November 7 that if Tillerson is unable to show the leadership required to lead the agency and reverse an exodus of diplomats like her, "I would humbly request that you follow me out the door." Shackelford, who served in South Sudan, Kenya and Poland, wrote that under Tillerson, the State Department is being "diminished" and its influence around the world undercut as the administration increasingly relies on the military at a time of perilous foreign policy challenges. "We have ceded to the Pentagon our authority to drive US foreign policy," Shackelford wrote, "at the behest of the White House, but to our detriment as a nation." Withering bipartisan criticismRead More

December 11, 2017 20:37 UTC

Say this for the Golden Globes: Nowhere else is Nick Jonas likely to be nominated for an award taken home in recent years by the likes of U2 and Bruce Springsteen. Barnum musical “The Greatest Showman.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which hands out the Golden Globes, is known for its love of musicals. CAPTION Justin Chang and Glenn Whipp on what critics awards mean for the Oscars, factoring in the academy's expanding membership. Video by Jason H. Neubert CAPTION It's quite the challenge trying to interview the energetic child stars of "The Florida Project." It's quite the challenge trying to interview the energetic child stars of "The Florida Project."

December 11, 2017 20:37 UTC

Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose tearful reaction to bullying was captured on video by his mom, is getting waves of celebrity support after the clips went viral under the hashtag #StandWithKeaton. More than a minute of the video can, however, be seen all over the place on social media and elsewhere online. They say I have no friends,” says Keaton, who, according to WTVF in Tennessee, was born with a tumor. It's not their fault,” Keaton said, earning a reply from “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, who wrote, “Different is special. The singer-songwriter called it “a window into how we assess/index/respond to situations and ultimately what we walk away from them thinking.” He closed a long Twitter thread by writing, “Pay attention to what you’re thinking about and how you’re thinking about it here.

December 11, 2017 20:31 UTC

On this point, the agreement — which still has to be approved by European Union leaders when they meet in Brussels later this week — was deliberately ambiguous and open to different interpretations. Yet by suggesting that this might never happen, Mr. Davis strayed into dangerous territory of appearing to undermine his government’s commitment to it. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Sign Up You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. Their faith in its negotiating ability may not have been bolstered by another comment made on Monday by Mr. Davis, when he described the skills needed to perform his job.

December 11, 2017 20:31 UTC

I’m not talking about Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, or any of that crew of predators. In these years of predation, the president ― any president ― has become an assassin-in-chief. George W. Bush began the process with 50 drone strikes in the Greater Middle East during his years in office. He even had his own White House “kill list” and “terror Tuesday” meetings to decide just who should be on it. Donald Trump has simply given the U.S. military and the CIA license to send those drones wherever they please.

December 11, 2017 20:26 UTC

(CNN) Here's what you might have missed on CNN today:-- An explosion near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York rattled rush hour commuters after suspect Akayed Ullah detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in what police called an attempted terrorist attack (watch the moment the bomb went off here ). The 27-year-old Brooklyn native of Bangladeshi descent cited Israeli actions in Gaza as his motive, police say. Follow this developing story here-- A group of women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault held a news conference in which they detailed their accounts and asked for a congressional investigation. -- Celebrity Chef Mario Batali is stepping away from his business and show "The Chew" amid sexual misconduct allegations. -- One week later, the California wildfires rage on with no end in sight.

December 11, 2017 20:26 UTC

The battle in Alabama between Roy Moore and Doug Jones has pollsters thoroughly flummoxed. In the last two off-year elections in Alabama, somewhere between 40% and 50% of registered voters cast ballots. The Alabama secretary of state has estimated that this year’s special election will draw a smaller turnout, more on the order of 25%. By contrast, automated polls, which by law cannot call cell phones, have tended to yield results more favorable to Moore. Everyone wants to know who’s going to win, but forecasting the outcome isn’t the only reason — or even the main reason — for polling.

December 11, 2017 20:26 UTC

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell is sworn in on Capitol Hill in 2014. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)The former acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, decided last year that it was time to get political. He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. But he sure seems to see with clarity what the downside was now that Trump is president.

December 11, 2017 20:21 UTC

Universal PicturesThe new trailer for the upcoming latest chapter of the successful Jurassic Park franchise, with the title Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, reveals what seems to be some basics of the plot. Other than in the original novel, there was never an attempt to eradicate the loose dinosaurs, so they proliferated over time. One scene shows a dark cloud rushing down from an exploding mountain, likely a pyroclastic flow. It's impossible to escape a pyroclastic flow if you're standing or running in its path. Models, based on fossil trackways and dinosaur anatomy, suggest that some, agile species (not seen in the trailer) reached 50 miles per hour.

December 11, 2017 20:21 UTC

Video gaming has come a long way since the introduction of Pong in the 1970s. Today’s gaming sector encompasses the most sophisticated aspects of technology, with new trends extending to e-sports, video streaming and multi-player experiences. Several MoneyShow.com contributors offer their favorite ideas for investors looking to play the video gaming space. Jim Kelleher, Argus ResearchThe February 2016 acquisition of King Digital Entertainment catapulted Activision into mobile casual gaming, the fastest-growing segment of the video game industry. The ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF — which is up 53% year to date — is a good place to start.

December 11, 2017 20:15 UTC