Nov 11, 2017

The "rapid changes" to workplace culture after Weinstein

There's been a clear shift in the workplace after the Harvey Weinstein allegations, "prompting companies to scrutinize how employees work with one another, in one of the most rapid changes in corporate behavior in generations," per Wall Street Journal front page:

Why it matters: "The speed and sweep of the consequences this time around show how shifting social values, given a catalyst, can abruptly force change in the social-media era — a phenomenon also seen in rapid policy shifts toward same-sex marriage."

"At a growing number of companies that haven't had public allegations of sexual harassment, including Dell Inc. ... and Facebook Inc., some employees have attended training sessions meant to detect biases that can lead to harassment."

"House Speaker Paul Ryan last week called upon members of Congress to provide sexual-harassment training for" staffers and members.

P.S. L.A. Times front page: "Louis C.K.'s candid admission .... that he engaged in sexual misconduct with multiple women has seemingly brought the curtain down on his acclaimed career and his extensive associations with several top networks."

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Barr claims "no correlation" between removing protesters and Trump's church photo op

Attorney General Bill Barr said at a press conference Thursday that there was "no correlation" between his decision to order police to forcibly remove protesters from Lafayette Park and President Trump's subsequent visit to St. John's Episcopal Church earlier this week.

Driving the news: Barr was asked to respond to comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said Tuesday that he "did not know a photo op was happening" and that he does everything he can to "try and stay out of situations that may appear political."

Updates: Cities move to end curfews for George Floyd protests

Text reading "Demilitarize the police" is projected on an army vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.. early on Thursday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Several cities are ending curfews after the protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people led to fewer arrests and less violence Wednesday night.

The latest: Los Angeles and Washington D.C. are the latest to end nightly curfews. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted Wednesday night that "peaceful protests can continue without a curfew, while San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted that the city's curfew would end at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Murkowski calls Mattis' Trump criticism "true and honest and necessary and overdue"

Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday that she agreed with former Defense Secretary James Mattis' criticism of President Trump, calling it "true and honest and necessary and overdue."

Why it matters: Murkowski, who has signaled her discomfort with the president in the past, also said that she's "struggling" with her support for him in November — a rare full-on rebuke of Trump from a Senate Republican.