Monica Lewinsky

We never had footage of Bill and Monica or David Vitter and the madam. Here's what we missed.

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The work-life balance of public women has always been fair game for criticism, and it's getting old.

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Try the following thought experiment: Chris Christie, or Sarah Palin, or Andrew Cuomo is asked by a friend about sexual harassment allegations against a powerful Senator. Christie, or Palin, or Cuomo responds that he or she is tired of all these whiny women. Now imagine the friend's records are released. What would be the reaction in the media and among feminist organizations? It is inconceivable that there would not be an uproar, a forced apology, and some articles about how this will hurt the prospective candidate with women, and endanger his or her presidential hopes.

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The New Republic Sex Issue

No, we haven't published one. But if we did...

The New York Times Book Review published a sex issue Sunday, which includes reviews, author essays, and readers’ stories about losing one’s innocence.

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We're Sorry, Monica Lewinsky!

We thought you were bad, but now we've met Sydney Leathers

Was America too hard on Monica Lewinsky? It seems like a crazy question. She did, after all, almost derail a presidency after near-schtupping a married man. She paraded her literal dirty laundry in front of the nation, setting the navy work dress back decades. She became a stand-in for the moral degredation of post-empire America.

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Forget the "second-term curse." By year five, Obama should just be hitting his stride.

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The star debate moderator Martha Raddatz wrote for TNR in 1998 on the occasion of Clinton's impeachment. Here's her article:

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- If South Carolina is on the verge of its second great rebellion, then it is happening not with a bang but with a shrug.

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Monica

So, that infamous blue dress is back in the news. The whole flap--based on an Iowa politico's intemperate blog item, one he doesn't seem to have promoted in any other venue--is pretty silly. But it prompts a related thought: Monica Lewinsky has done a surprisingly excellent job of being totally invisible in this campaign. Think about it: The nation has been riveted by Hillary for months, yet as far as I know Monica hasn't said a single public word about the, uh, good old days.

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I just wanted to excerpt some key passages from Josh Green's Atlantic piece on Patti Solis Doyle, which illustrate the themes Mike mentioned earlier: After the race, Solis Doyle was put in charge of fund-raising and later became campaign manager for Clinton’s Senate reelection bid in 2006. She earned a reputation as a contentious, domineering boss.

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