This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives began its impeachment debate. A vote could come either late today or Saturday.
If the House votes to impeach President Clinton, he will face a Senate trial that will begin next year and is likely to last several months. A two-thirds majority of the Senate must vote against President Clinton in order to remove him from office, a prospect which is possible, but unlikely.
Last night, incoming House Speaker Robert Livingston admitted in a private meeting of House Republicans that he had engaged in several extramarital affairs. Livingston was forced to come clean about the affairs after he learned that individuals were exploring his personal life.
In particular, Hustler magazine had recently offered a reward to individuals who could provide proof of affairs with Congressional members. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt revealed that four women had come forward, alleging affairs with Livingston. Flynt said that some of the women were from Livingston's home district in Louisiana, and that one lived in the Washington area.
Livingston, who revealed his adulterous affairs only when it was clear that he could no longer hide them, claimed that his affairs were completely different than Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky because, "These indiscretions were not with employees on my staff, and I have never been asked to testify under oath about them."
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal told the Boston Globe, "The hypocrisy of the Republican right wing that is driving this impeachment is shocking."
10/13/2015 EEOC Launches Hollywood Gender Discrimination Probe - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has contacted several women directors in Hollywood in an effort to determine whether legal intervention is necessary to disrupt the industry's discriminatory hiring practices.
In a letter sent to some 50 women filmmakers, the EEOC - which is responsible for protecting individuals from employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion and national origin through enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - requested interviews with them to "learn more about the gender-related issues" women behind the camera face in both the film and television industries.
In May, following the release of a study by the San Diego State University Center for the Study of Women in Television in Film revealing only 7 percent of 2014's 250 top-grossing movies were helmed by women, the ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project urged state and federal rights agencies to investigate Hollywood's failure to hire equal numbers of women. . . .
10/12/2015 Report Finds Texas' HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times - A new report released by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Policy Evaluation Project found patients seeking abortions in Texas have experienced an increase in wait times since the passage of HB2, the 2013 Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill that attempts to cut off abortion access by requiring abortion providers in the state to fulfill medically unnecessary ambulatory surgical center requirements and secure hospital admitting privileges.
More than half of 42 clinics providing abortion in Texas have been forced to shut their doors since HB2 passed two years ago, leading Texas women to wait up to 20 days for a first consult at one of the surviving 18 reproductive health clinics operating in the state, the second most populous in the nation. . . .
10/9/2015 Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cede Footage to NAF - On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its leader David Daleidan must turn over all previously unreleased "sting" videos and outtakes of National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings the group obtained surreptitiously as part of a smear campaign against the abortion provider.
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