Headlines of the day: The circus has come to town

We begin with the Washington Post:

GOP tumbles toward anarchy: ‘It’s every person for himself or herself’

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision to no longer stump for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump prompted biting condemnations from within his caucus and from Trump himself. It also destroyed any semblance of party unity behind a nominee whom many Republican leaders said they could no longer

Next, the Los Angeles Times:

‘Far worse’ comments by Trump? Pressure grows on TV execs to release unedited ‘Apprentice’ tapes

  • Mark Burnett, the prolific producer behind “The Apprentice,” “Survivor” and “Shark Tank,” is discovering what it means to be on the harsher side of reality.
  • Within hours of the leak of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump making lewd comments about women, reports began emerging that other explosive footage existed: specifically on the pre-edited tapes of “The Apprentice,” the reality show that Burnett created and Trump starred in for 14 seasons.
  • Burnett, who made a fortune selling his production company to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, found himself in the middle of an increasingly nasty political controversy after a former show producer, Bill Pruitt, tweeted Saturday that there “are far worse” offensive comments made by Trump during the taping of “The Apprentice.”

A follow-up from Rolling Stone:

Donald Trump on ‘Blue Sky’ Singer Emily West: ‘Her Skin Sucks’

  • Republican presidential nominee allegedly critiqued appearance of country singer in 2010 episode of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
  • “I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know,” says Trump.

Next, from Salon:

Donald Trump’s team blames Beyoncé: Surrogates equate his boasting of sexual assault to rap lyrics

In addition to arguing over the definition of sexual assault, the Trump campaign is also using Beyoncé as a shield

And from our Department of What Planet Does He Come from, this gem from the London Daily Mail:

‘I don’t characterize that as sexual assault’: Senator backs Trump saying grabbing a woman’s genitals is not a sex attack

  • Republican Senator Jeff Sessions has defended Donald Trump’s comments
  • A 2005 video released showed Trump making obscene comments about women and describing how he had tried to have sex with a married woman 
  • Trump later apologized and dismissed the remarks as ‘locker-room banter’ 
  • Rushing to his defence Senator Jeff Sessions said: ‘I don’t characterize that [grabbing a woman by her p***y] as sexual assault’

And from the New York Times:

For Many Women, Trump’s ‘Locker Room Talk’ Brings Memories of Abuse

  • A social media movement was born as multitudes of women came forward to share their stories. The result has been a kind of collective, nationwide purge of painful, often long-buried memories.
  • Facebook pages and Twitter feeds filled with comments and multiplying threads from women who recalled being groped by doctors, by piano teachers, by photography instructors, by perfect strangers. They told stories of being flashed on the bus by masturbators, of having male colleagues rub up against them at the copy machine in their office, of dates and bosses demanding sex.

Finally, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Carrie Fisher Says Donald Trump’s Sniffles Are ‘Absolutely’ a Cocaine Thing

‘I’m an expert’ tweets the actress

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