Within the last 24 hours, Washington has seen members of both parties start to turn on their own. At least two dozen Democratic senators are calling for Al Franken to resign, with a sixth sexual misconduct allegation against the Minnesota Senator. On the other side of the aisle, former White House strategist Steve Bannon took on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his criticism of Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. In a tweet Monday, Romney stated "Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation ... No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity." Bannon responded to that Tuesday night in a fiery speech at a Roy Moore rally, declaring to Romney, “Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family.” Jim Braude was joined by Jessica Tocco, a senior vice president of government relations at Rasky Partners; Todd Domke, a political analyst and former Republican; and state Senator Barbara L'Italien, a Democrat from Andover.
The New York Times called Anne Finucane, the vice chairman of Bank of America, "one of the most powerful women in banking." She was named on both Forbes and Fortune Magazine's list of most powerful women— the group they call the smartest and toughest female leaders in the world today. These days, Finucane is looking to use her power to invest in good in her role in leading Bank of America’s environmental, social and governance efforts. She joined Jim Braude to discuss.
Today, Time Magazine named the “silence-breakers” as their 2017 Person of the Year. The group represents the countless people who have spoken up about sexual assault and harassment but, for many women, the fight to break free from that silence is just beginning. Several women on Facebook have reported that they’ve been temporarily banned from the site for posting comments like "men are scum" on friends' posts about abuse. Yet they say posts or comments like "women are scum" are allowed to stay up without any punishment— even when people actively report them to Facebook. Kayla Avery has started keeping track of the discrepancies on her website, FacebookJailed.com. Facebook Jail is the term she came up with to describe the 30-day bans Facebook is putting on many people for these comments. Jim Braude was joined by Avery to discuss the site and more.