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Anita Hill's Biden Answer May Be Good News for Him

'Of course I could' vote for him, she says

(Newser) - If there was one person you'd bet won't be sporting a "Vote for Biden" T-shirt during election season, it might be Anita Hill. After all, Hill didn't seem completely won over earlier this year when the former VP called her to express regret (but not to... More »

Biden Again Addresses Anita Hill Controversy

'She did not get treated well. That's my responsibility'

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he takes responsibility for the fact that Anita Hill was "not treated well" in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and Biden led the Senate Judiciary Committee, the AP reports. "I believed her from the... More »

Joe Biden Called Anita Hill Before Joining 2020 Race

But accuser of Clarence Thomas says Biden never apologized

(Newser) - Anita Hill says Joe Biden called her this month to express regret over "what she endured" during Senate hearings in 1991—an outreach Hill found inadequate. "I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, 'I'm sorry for what happened to you,'" she told the New ... More »

Biden Not Exactly Praised for His Latest Anita Hill Comments

Pundits say the topic could be a real 2020 problem for him

(Newser) - Joe Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 Senate hearing in which Anita Hill alleged sexual harassment at the hands of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. On Tuesday, Biden expressed regrets—and not for the first time—for his handling of the hearing. In what the... More »

Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh

Rachel Mitchell has experience prosecuting sex crimes

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are expected to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday—but viewers will not see Ford questioned on her sexual assault allegations by the 11-strong, all-male Republican contingent on the committee. Instead, they have hired Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor with experience... More »

Anita Hill's Family Has Running Joke About Biden

It involves the doorbell and a long-delayed apology

(Newser) - The Brett Kavanaugh controversy has drawn lots of comparisons to the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing of 1991, and as Politico notes, that's not such great news for Joe Biden. The former VP was not only on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, he was actually the chairman, and... More »

Anita Hill Offers Advice to Senators

Have a neutral investigation done, and don't rush

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify on Monday . Too soon, writes Anita Hill in the New York Times . In an op-ed offering senators advice on how to proceed from her unique perspective, Hill suggests that senators first employ a neutral,... More »

Magazine Raises Idea of Impeaching Thomas

Jill Abramson makes the case in 'New York' because of his 'lies' under oath

(Newser) - Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson authors a controversial new cover story for New York magazine, and the headline pretty much explains all: "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The lengthy piece revisits the Supreme Court justice's infamous confirmation hearings, along with the allegations of... More »

Biden Offers Apology to One Woman, Comfort to Another

Former VP says he's sorry he didn't shield Anita Hill more from attacks, consoles Meghan McCain

(Newser) - When law professor Anita Hill faced the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 to testify about the sexual harassment she said she endured from then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, she also faced down attacks on her character and credibility—and many (including Hill herself ) still blame Joe Biden, the senator... More »

2nd Woman Recounts Pickup Line by Hoffman

'Wendy, have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?' she recalls him saying at meeting

(Newser) - The harassment accusations set off by the Harvey Weinstein scandal continue to reverberate in Hollywood and beyond. A rep for one of the big new targets, Kevin Spacey, announced he was seeking "evaluation and treatment," but Spacey's was far from the only name making headlines. Here's... More »

HBO Movie Is a 'Hit-Job' on Clarence Thomas

Reporter who covered hearings says it sides with Anita Hill

(Newser) - Stuart Taylor of the Brookings Institution covered the Clarence Thomas hearings as a reporter 25 years ago, and he makes the case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the new HBO movie on the topic is a "Hollywood hit-job" on the Supreme Court justice, as the headline puts... More »

'Lady, You Better Get a Gun': How the Anita Hill Story Broke

Clarence Thomas' 1991 scandal proved frightening for NPR's Nina Totenberg

(Newser) - Conservatives are already critcizing HBO's upcoming Confirmation, a film debuting Saturday that documents the sexual harassment claims that rocked Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Nina Totenberg, the NPR reporter who first broke the story of accuser Anita Hill , now reveals in a podcast that although she'... More »

Cain Makes Joke About ... Anita Hill

Not that it'll hurt his fundraising ability...

(Newser) - Herman, Herman, Herman... Just one day after Herman Cain apologized for referring to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy,” he stepped in it again with a joke about Anita Hill. That’s right: Cain, facing allegations of sexual harassment, made a joke about the woman who accused Clarence Thomas... More »

Thomas Is Guilty; Anita Hill Is Owed an Apology

Kornacki: If he's still playing the victim, the case is still relevant

(Newser) - If you're tired of reliving the Clarence Thomas saga in the wake of his wife's request for an apology and his old girlfriend's support of Anita Hill, well tough. The case still matters, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon . He presents a thorough look at the evidence presented at the hearing... More »

Clarence Thomas 'Obsessed With Porn': Ex

And partial to big breasts, too, says Lillian McEwen

(Newser) - Ginni Thomas must be wishing she’d never extended that “olive branch” to Anita Hill : Clarence Thomas’s ex, who first spoke out Wednesday , is back—with a lot more to say about the Supreme Court justice. Hill’s allegations that Thomas made sexual advances toward her come as... More »

Clarence Thomas's Ex: Anita Hill Got It Right

Allegations didn't surprise old girlfriend Lillian McEwen

(Newser) - Most definitely not what Ginni Thomas hoped would happen when she called Anita Hill seeking an apology: Now that the story's gone national, the Washington Post talks to a woman who dated Clarence Thomas in the 1980s and says the lewd behavior alleged by Hill didn't surprise her. "The... More »

Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls Anita Hill, Seeks Apology

But Hill thinks it's a prank, calls cops

(Newser) - Bygones? Not so much. The wife of Clarence Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill requesting that she apologize for the testimony against her husband at his 1991 confirmation hearings, reports ABC News . “Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginny Thomas,” said the message. “I just wanted to... More »

Clarence Thomas Settles Scores

Book lashes out at media, liberal elites

(Newser) - In a scathing new memoir, Justice Clarence Thomas unleashes his wrath upon those who afflicted him during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, calling them a "high-tech lynching" by "left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony." The book, My Grandfather's Son, chronicles the Supreme Court justice's life from his... More »

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