Sen. Al Franken has found a sure-fire way to rile his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill -- and keep them riled: Force them to cast a vote that pits corporate interests against victims of rape. "Partisan," complained Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma. "Daily Kos-inspired," carped John Thune, of South Dakota. And that was just the other day. They voted in October.
Her pleas for safer housing were ignored. Four days after her arrival, Ms. Jones was drugged and gang raped. She requested medical attention, and a doctor administered a rape kit. Parts of that rape kit have since mysteriously disappeared. After Ms. Jones reported the rape to her supervisors, she was locked in a shipping container with an armed guard and prohibited from any contact with the outside world. They locked her in a container?!? It was only after she convinced one of the guards to lend her a cell phone that she was able to talk to her father, who enlisted the help of Representative Ted Poe, a Republican congressman from Texas, to arrange for her safe return to the United States. (Full text here.)