Robert Brady
Lying to FBI: A Democratic political consultant, Donald Jones, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. The case involved payment of $90,000 to an opponent of US Rep. Robert Brady (above) to drop out of the 2012 Democratic Primary in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Philadelphia City Council / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Putin Starts Syrian Troop Withdrawal on Surprise Air Base Visit (Trevin)

On Monday, upon arrival at Hmeymim, Russia’s main air base in Syria, Putin declared the Kremlin’s mission of defeating Islamist terrorists and ending the Syrian civil war accomplished.

Politicians’ Sudden Turnaround on Sexual Misconduct (Reader Steve)

In 2016, Susan Rubio obtained a restraining order against her then-husband — former Assemblyman Roger Hernandez. Rubio’s colleagues were silent at the time and chose to stand by the assemblyman. Now, despite their past actions, they are speaking out in support of victims of sexual misconduct.

Will Politics Ruin #MeToo Movement? (Dan)

Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, Paula Jones, and Bill Clinton. What do all these names have in common? They were part of an earlier movement against sexual misconduct — one that ended with the politicization of the cases — and little progress.

Russiagate Media Debacle (Jimmy)

Glenn Greenwald writes, “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the US media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.”

Trump Reportedly Drinks 12 Diet Cokes, Watches Up to 8 Hours of TV Per Day (Jimmy)

As detailed in a recent NYT story.