Washington Refuses to Come to Terms With Abusers

Failing to meet the moment.

The endless cavalcade of predators continued its parade into disgraced exile on Wednesday morning with NBC’s abrupt defenestration of Matt Lauer, knocking him from his perch as the anchor of “Today,” a post he held for almost 20 years. Amid a national outpouring of courage by allegedly victimized women, Lauer joins an ignoble cast of high-profile men in media who have been relegated to the shadows following shameful allegations of sexual misconduct. In business, media, and entertainment, the lecherous and powerful are learning that they had not gotten away with the abuses they’d committed all those years ago. There is, though, one institution that has resisted this moment of catharsis and justice: Congress.

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