Someone Asked What If the Starr Report Had Been Given to Clinton's Attorney General to Summarize, and Monica Lewinsky Just Had the Most Relatable Response

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Though the 90's may seem like a distant memory to most, for some—like Monica Lewinsky—the decade is all too vivid.

News of then-President Bill Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky while she was a White House intern became public in 1998. Lewinsky was harassed and mocked by a country that suddenly had intimate knowledge of a deeply personal facet of her life—one that would define her to the public for decades.


Attorney Kenneth Starr was the independent counsel who investigated the scandal. Starr's subsequent report concluded that Clinton committed perjury when testifying under oath that he had not had sexual relations with Lewinsky. This proved to be enough to spur decade-defining impeachment proceedings against Clinton.

Flash forward to the delivery of the Mueller Report to Attorney General William Barr last week, which Barr summarized in four pages and delivered to Congress on Sunday. Calls for the report to be made public are growing, but it reportedly won't be released for weeks despite claims from the Trump camp that it is a "total and complete exoneration" of the President.

USC law professor Orin Kerr wondered what would've happened had the current standard been applied in the Clinton era.

And you'll never guess who responded.

Lewinsky has reclaimed her narrative in the past decade, using her experience during the Clinton era to become an anti-bullying activist, women's advocate, and motivational speaker.

People were certainly motivated upon seeing her response to Kerr.

Though the Mueller Report remains secrets, Republicans sold hardback copies of the Starr Report to the public in the 90's.

Barr's concealment of the full Mueller report has frustrated many.

Barr's summary said that Mueller couldn't establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives—not that Mueller found no evidence of it. However, until the public sees the full report, it's impossible to gauge how important that distinction is.

We don't even know how many pages it is—crucial knowledge that could give clues to the breadth of  information it holds.

The White House will also reportedly get a chance to claim "executive privilege" over parts of the report.

Interesting how much has changed.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.

Among the most urgent of obstacles some governors are facing is a shortage of crucial medical equipment—including ventilators—often needed to treat the highly contagious respiratory virus.

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The respiratory virus that's ballooned into a global pandemic and brought daily life in the United States to a halt has carried another chilling side effect with it.

Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.

That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.

Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.

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