2. Is Capitol Hill next?
"Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers," the WashPost's Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Elise Viebeck write in a front-pager, "The high risk of reporting sexual harassment in Congress":
- Why it matters: "The result is a culture in which some lawmakers suspect harassment is rampant. Yet victims are unlikely to come forward, according to attorneys who represent them."
- "Like Hollywood, ... Capitol Hill ... is dominated by powerful men who can make or break careers. Congress has resisted efforts that could improve the culture such as making anti-harassment training mandatory in their offices."
Around the nation ... Boston Globe top of front page, "BEACON HILL'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET ... Women describe climate of harassment at Mass. State House" — Commentary by Yvonne Abraham: "A dozen women who have worked in and around the State House over the past two decades described a climate of harassment and sexual misconduct."
- L.A. Times A1 above fold, from Sacramento, "CAPITOL GROPING CLAIM LED TO REBUKE: Assemblyman [Raul Bocanegra], who was then a staffer, was disciplined in 2009."
P.S. CNN: "Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing total to at least a dozen."