What We’re Following
Roy Moore: A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has come forward with an accusation against Roy Moore, stating that the Republican Senate candidate sexually assaulted her in 1977, when she was 16. “He told me … ‘You’re just a child … I am the district attorney of Etowah County and if you tell anyone about this no one will ever believe you,’” Nelson said. Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to drop out of the race, building on his former, more cautious comments to say, “I believe the women, yes.”
Harassment and Hypocrisy: The acts of harassment and sexual misconduct to which the comedian Louis C. K. has now admitted cast a disturbing new light on his comedy, which is confessional and sexually explicit. C. K., like Harvey Weinstein and a slew of other men who have been accused of abuses in recent weeks, had positioned himself as a feminist ally. In the 1990s, the progressive accomplishments of President Bill Clinton led some powerful feminists to defend him against allegations of sex crimes, belittling his accusers in the process. Caitlin Flanagan asks: Is it time to make things right?
Election Interference: Over the weekend, President Trump affirmed his belief that “Russia can greatly help” with America’s foreign-policy challenges, including North Korea’s nuclear program and the War on Terror. He also made conflicting statements about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, stating that he believes both Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of such interference and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that it happened. The intelligence agencies believe that the Kremlin chose the transparency organization WikiLeaks to disseminate hacked information as part of its interference campaign. The Atlantic obtained private messages, sent during and after the election, between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son and close adviser. Here’s what they said.