July 29, 2015

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A Brief History Of Donald Trump Talking About Sexual Assault

The Gist: Trump has said his lawyer’s comments dismissing the concept of marital rape do not reflect his own thoughts, but he has a long history of making off-color public statements about sexual assault.

Scott Walker's Campaign Stop In Philly Goes Hilariously Off The Rails

The Gist: From prankster protesters to getting slammed for incorrect cheesesteak-eating etiquette, the Wisconsin Governor’s trip to Philadelphia didn’t go exactly as planned.

Huckabee's History With Holocaust Analogies Runs Deep

The Gist: The former Arkansas Governor is in hot water for comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust. But he’s been violating the unwritten rule against Holocaust analogies for years.

From The Reporter's Notebook

TPM’s Sara Jerde wrote about Barack Obama’s claim that he could win a third term if he ran for president again. In the same speech, President Obama said, “I’ll be honest with you—I’m looking forward to life after being president. I won’t have such a big security detail all the time. It means I can go take a walk. I can spend time with my family. … The point is I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they’ve got a lot of money.”

Agree or Disagree?

Donald Trump's lawyer's comment that "you cannot rape your spouse" is hardly a marginal view in certain conservative circles. As Amanda Marcotte writes, “The common theme here is that women’s bodies don’t belong to themselves.

Say What?!

"To find out that this culture of death is now leading to the sale – this is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany."

- First there was Sarah Palin -- now a GOP lawmaker has compared Planned Parenthood to Nazi Germany.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "After pulling Sandra Bland out of her car and kinda-sorta placing her under arrest, and after handcuffing her behind her back, threatening to "light her up," pulling and pushing her while knowingly uttering false statements for the benefit of the camera -- "Stop moving!" "Stop resisting!" while he was himself moving and manhandling her -- the cop and his partner proceeded to take her deliberately out of camera range and beat the crap out of her. So this was legal? A legal arrest? According to our resident TPM "expert" it was. Why, then, if the cop wasn't going to let her go on her way, didn't he put her in the police car and take her to jail, instead of taking her deliberately out of camera range, making false statements for the benefit of the audio recording, and proceed to administer a beatdown in which she probably suffered a concussion and what she thought was a broken arm (as she told her friend who was going to bail her out.)"

Related: Police expert: The Sandra Bland arrest was legal, but it wasn't good policing.

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What We're Reading

The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead. (Toronto Life)

How women can write about travel experiences without "becoming Elizabeth Gilbert." (Boston Review)

On growing pressure and, as a result, growing college suicide rates. (The New York Times)