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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The nude photo scandal that spans all branches of the military has brought Marine Corps leaders to center stage. Now it has emerged that the Corps knew about websites on which explicit photographs of female Marines were being shared as early as 2014, according to Task & Purpose. At least 20 victims have come forward about how they were targeted on the sites, which had more than 30,000 members, per Marine Times.

In 2014: The Marine Corps was asked about several web sites where members were posting vulgarities, sexualized comments, photos, and encouragements to rape other Marines. A spokesman at the time said "The Marine Corps and the Inspector General's office monitor complaints but not necessarily the websites themselves," but that they had tried to get photo sharing groups removed from Facebook.

In 2017: The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, told the Senate last week, "we're going to have to change how we see ourselves and how we treat each other." Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was skeptical, noting the military has promised to remedy internal sexual abuse problems before to no avail.

  • Over the weekend, the Corps rolled out a new ad highlighting how Marines are good citizens, per the AP. The ad had reportedly been in planning for some months, but is surfacing just as the Corps is roiled in this public relations nightmare.
  • Today, the Marine Corps launched an update to its social media policy to make it easier to prosecute Marines under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to Stars and Stripes. Punishments could potentially include felony charges or end a service member's military career.

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Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record,

Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Sen. Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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