On 'ET,' host Nancy O'Dell addresses Donald Trump's sexual assault boasts

ET host Nancy O'Dell (Shutterstock)

“There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter — not even in the locker room,” Nancy O’Dell says on "Entertainment Tonight."

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Debate: Trump admits paying no taxes, denies sexually assaulting women, says Hillary is the devil


By millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump's standards, the second debate was a success. Hillary Clinton was cagey and tense, leaving him free to blather on incoherently and bicker with the moderators when they told him to stop. Her supporters are left to wonder why she's such a cautious closer. His are left to drown themselves in the joy of bullshit—and hope that it buries a brutal news cycle for their man. Read the rest

Elephants abandon stinking shit


After week of ranting at women and being heard boasting of groping them, millionaire Presidential candidate Donald Trump teeters on the precipice. For many Republicans, it's the end, and BuzzFeed's Jim Dalrymple II compiled a list of pols publicly withdrawing their endorsements.

After a year of naked racism, sexism, bigotry and nativism, here are the Republicans who've finally found a principle worth standing for:

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Gov. Gary Herbert Gov. Brian Sandoval

Sen. Kelly Ayotte Sen. Mike Crapo Sen. Deb Fischer, Sen. Cory Gardner Sen. Mark Kirk Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lisa Murkowski Sen. Dan Sullivan Sen. John Thune Sen. Rob Portman

Rep. Bradley Byrne Rep. Jason Chaffetz Rep. Mike Coffman Rep. Joe Heck, Rep. Mia Love Rep. Martha Roby

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Former Gov Jon Huntsman, Jr Carly Fiorina

In contrast, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sens. Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch and Joni Ernst waffled about how horrible he was, but stuck by him.

Also sticking by their man are Marco Rubio, David Duke and Ted Cruz, at least so far. Party chairman Reince Priebus is avoiding cameras.

Mittens, Jeb and Kasich all condemned Trump, but they never endorsed him either. If Trump now loses, as expected, they'll be the only leadership left in the party not stinking of him. The Republican civil war the media is desperately hoping for will presumably be fought between these men and all the Trumpkins who'll want to stick with the new "base" he's exposed. Read the rest

Zine goddess Chloe Eudaly is running for Portland City Council


Chloe Eudaly, whose zine emporium Reading Frenzy (previously) and publishing makerspace the Independent Publishing Resource Center are PDX institutions, is running for Portland City Council, campaigning on affordable housing for all in a city whose longterm residents are being left behind by runaway rents and spiraling housing prices. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about in his "apology", chart edition, Oct 8


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law


Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who've never traveled and never held a driver's license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver's license) to vote, and the DMV has failed in its duty to issue him a non-driver ID. Read the rest

Trump apologizes for boasting about groping women, says he'll be talking about Bill Clinton more now


A day after hot-mic audio emerged of millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump boasting of groping and forcing himself on women, he has promised to be "a better man." In a taped statement about his taped statements, Trump apologizes for the words he used, if not the actions they describe.


I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them.

Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.

I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they placed in me.

I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.

Let’s be honest: We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs; we are less safe than we were eight years ago; and Washington is totally broken. Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground.

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What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Oct 7


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

U.S. accuses Russia of trying to “interfere with the U.S. election” through internet attacks


“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” said a statement today from the Obama administration about a series of cyberattacks on U.S. political figures and organizations.

Them's fightin' words.

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Anti-Trump and pro-Hillary pins won't save the world


But they can't hurt! Pins Won't Save The World was just launched to let designers create pins for this year's crazy election. While most designs are anti-Trump, some are pro-Hillary or generally pro-America messages of progressivism. Read the rest

Vote on questions for upcoming presidential candidates' town hall


Adam from Bold Progressives writes, "For the first time, questions from the internet will asked to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at a presidential 'town hall' debate this Sunday. Even better, the wisdom of crowds can impact what gets asked!"

The Atlantic reports, "Debate moderators confirmed they are embracing a format that a broad bipartisan cross-section of activist and civic groups known as the Open Debate Coalition have been pushing for years. Americans will be able to submit and then vote on questions online at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com, and ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular queries when they jointly plan the debate."

Organizations across the political spectrum are taking this seriously and engaging their supporters, from the NAACP to NARAL to the NRA. Millions of votes have been cast so far. Add your voice to the mix -- vote today!

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Canadian government has turned "consultation" on warrantless mass surveillance into a sales-job


The old Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper had many controversial policies (cough climate denial cough), with mass surveillance powers very near the top of the charts. Read the rest

Trump in a slump


A week after his dreadful debate performance with Hillary Clinton, polls have headed south for Donald Trump.

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Left-wing activists across the former USSR launch "September," to rally opposition to far-right movements


September is a new website launched by left-wing groups in Ukraine, Belarus, and other former Soviet states, devoted to finding common cause among activists across the region (the name is a bit of an inside joke about the October, 1917 revolution, embodied in the site's strapline, "It’s not October yet, but it’s close"). Read the rest

Calculate how much you'd pay in taxes if you paid the same rate as Donald Trump


Here's an amusing piece of "editorial code" at Hillary Clinton's campaign site: "We’ve developed a formula to calculate how much you would pay in taxes if you paid the same as Donald Trump." Read the rest

There's a "Garbage Pail Kids" Topps card set for the 2016 Presidential Race, and it's pretty great


Topps has released a 2016 Presidential campaign themed "Garbage Pail Kids" edition. They're updating the series pretty quickly! There's already a Donald Trump vs. Alicia Machado card.

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What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 30


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

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