"Trump's lawyer, apparently reading from a rapist's dictionary: 'by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse,'" tweets The New Republic's Jamil Smith, reacting to a report from Daily Beast's Tim Mak that Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana once said she'd felt violated during sex. "Why does Donald Trump's lawyer believe 'you cannot rape your spouse'? Not true in NY for 31 years (in US, 22 years)," Extra!'s Jim Naureckas tweets in bewilderment. At the Texas Tribune, Terri Langford found some more legally unsound logic: "Divorce records in NY state are not open records. Say, what?" Also, as MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin observes, "Trump story would have been ugly but old news, then his lawyer managed to supercharge it with a lunatic response." Meanwhile, Mak's Daily Beast colleague Molly Redden draws the only natural conclusion from the crazed lawyer's threats: "'And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know.' I hereby renounce @timkmak." Commence the renouncing.
Elsewhere in politics, it appears that Jon Stewart has been making secret visits to the Oval Office during some of the president's toughest times. "Jon Stewart met with Obama before the 2011 budget fight & before Obama went on camera about Russia," notes Politico's Cate Martel. The White House has also responded to the petition to pardon Edward Snowden. Bartosz Milewski quips, "Gov response to Snowden petition: We'll throw him in a lake, if he floats, he's a spy, if he drowns, he's a hero." In news not political but nevertheless fascinating, we give you this piece on the crews who stalked a fugitive fishing ship for 110 days and across two seas and three oceans. "Environmental intrigue and hot pursuit on the high seas. Fun read from @ian_urbina," comes praise from Anthony York.
And by the way, yesterday's New York Magazine piece on the 35 alleged Cosby victims is back up (as is the rest of the site), so if you weren't able to read it before, you absolutely should now.