Universities have a sexual harassment problem. Can they fix it?

By Anna North “Academia is really, really good at silence,” one professor said. Unfortunately, that helps harassment thrive. Karissa Fenwick says she was at a conference in New Orleans in January when her academic adviser tried to kiss her. Fenwick was a doctoral student in social work at the University of Southern California, working on her dissertation on mental health and substance abuse care in community treatment organizations. Erick Guerrero was the associate professor advising her work. In January 2017, Fenwick and Guerrero attended the annual conference of the Society of Social Work and Research, where they were scheduled to ...
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Greenland’s ice sheet is driving global sea level rise. One section is melting 80% faster.

By Umair Irfan Scientists found ice melt runoff in a section of Greenland suddenly surged as the climate changed. Average temperatures around the world may be slowly ticking upward, but their effects can be sharp and quick. Just this week we learned that Arctic sea ice extent is declining at its fastest rate in 1,500 years. And on Wednesday, scientists reported that the ice sheet on Greenland in 2003 suddenly began melting at a much faster rate. Greenland's ice is hugely important for the planet. The sheet of ice that covers 660,000 square miles is more than a mile thick ...
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Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building. ...read more Read more here: Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52.4bn ...
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Many conservatives are downright relieved that Roy Moore lost

By Jane Coaston “Take a big bow, Steve Bannon. You've done the impossible.” When I called David French, he sounded relieved. “This was a big moment for Alabama conservatives,” he told me. “While I'm still chagrined that [Moore] won the primary, Alabama conservatives essentially looked at this race and said, ‘Not in our name. We do have standards, and this man does not meet them.'” French is a native of Alabama and a senior writer for the National Review, and has written extensively on Roy Moore's campaign for the Senate, including “The Comprehensive Case against Roy Moore.” He and other ...
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Chris Froome case handling is a scandal – Tony Martin

The handling of Chris Froome's adverse drugs test is a "scandal" and suggests double standards, says four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin. ...read more Read more here: Chris Froome case handling is a scandal - Tony Martin ...
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EU leaders wrestle with migrant quotas at summit

There are sharp divisions over relocating asylum seekers in the EU. ...read more Read more here: EU leaders wrestle with migrant quotas at summit ...
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AP Sources: Pence to Delay Trip to Mideast Over Tax Bill

By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his weekend departure for the Middle East as Congress nears completion of a tax overhaul. White House officials say Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he can preside over the Senate during a vote on the tax package. Pence had planned to leave Saturday for Israel, following President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. White House officials say Pence will travel first to Egypt and then to Israel. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't... ...read more Read ...
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Omarosa Explosive Interview On Trump WH Exit: I Have A “Profound Story” To Tell That World Will Want To Hear

Dismissed Trump aide Omarosa Manigault gave an explosive exit interview to Good Morning America on Thursday. She said she resigned her position, that she was not fired. In fact, Manigault claims her resignation isn't effective until January the 20th. Manigault's official title is Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. GMA host Michael Strahan asked her to explain reports that she was distressed with President Trump's reaction to Charlottesville and his public support of Roy Moore. Manigault said she has to be "very careful" about her response because, according to her, "I have to go back and work ...
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What DACA recipients aren’t telling their children

By Dara Lind “It would break my heart and I know it would break hers”: Parents struggle to hide their fear and anxiety from their kids. DENVER — “You really don't realize how much your kids pay attention when adults are talking,” Treisi Martinez, a 25-year-old mother of two who is protected temporarily from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, told me in October. Martinez's oldest daughter is 5. That's old enough to ask heartbreaking questions, like why her mother isn't coming with the rest of the family to visit relatives in Juarez. But it's too young, ...
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Net neutrality isn’t the only way to keep the internet fair. It’s just the only way in America.

By Emily Stewart Everyone says they want competition. They just don't agree how to get it. The Federal Communications Commission votes Thursday on rolling back Obama-era net neutrality rules that require internet service providers such as Verizon and Comcast to treat all internet traffic equally. With Republicans controlling a majority of the five-member commission's seats, the repeal is expected to pass along a 3-2 party-line vote. Advocates of net neutrality argue it prevents telecommunications companies from blocking or throttling access to certain websites or services and bars them from charging consumers extra for internet “fast lanes.” Opponents say it discourages ...
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Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

Some 5,000 passengers are stuck abroad after the Austrian airline opens insolvency proceedings. ...read more Read more here: Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers ...
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Putin: Trump opponents harm US with ‘invented’ Russia scandal

Opponents of the US president "invented stories" to make his work seem illegitimate, says Vladimir Putin. ...read more Read more here: Putin: Trump opponents harm US with 'invented' Russia scandal ...
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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The man charged with the wellbeing of India's Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday. ...read more Read more here: India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh ...
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Ashes: Dawid Malan hits maiden Test century on day one in Perth

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow put England in a strong position on the opening day of the third Ashes Test in Australia. ...read more Read more here: Ashes: Dawid Malan hits maiden Test century on day one in Perth ...
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Somalia suicide bomber kills police at Mogadishu academy

At least 13 officers are killed by a bomber wearing a police uniform during a parade in Mogadishu. ...read more Read more here: Somalia suicide bomber kills police at Mogadishu academy ...
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Democrats look to spread that Alabama magic

Democrats look to spread that Alabama magic

By isaac@politico.com (Edward-Isaac Dovere) Doug Jones' earth-shaking win in Alabama Tuesday has Democrats dreaming of 2018 aftershocks across the country and in states where they haven't been competitive in years. They're eyeing Senate races in Utah, Nebraska and Texas; governors races in South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee; and House districts where Republicans hold more than a 5-point advantage heading into the midterms. The party is close to landing a recruit (a distant relative of Elvis) in Mississippi, the last Senate race where they need one, with hopes that a divisive GOP primary could create another unexpected opening in the ...
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Democrats cool to Trump’s infrastructure pitch

Democrats cool to Trump’s infrastructure pitch

By tsnyder@politico.com (Tanya Snyder) The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win — but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate.The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this ...
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DOJ releases provide fodder to Mueller critics

DOJ releases provide fodder to Mueller critics

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) Amid a rising drumbeat of Republican criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, members of Congress and former prosecutors say the Justice Department has amped up the pressure by quietly putting out information bolstering claims that the investigation is unfairly biased against President Donald Trump. Through a series of small and sometimes subtle moves, DOJ's actions appear to run counter to the goal of keeping Mueller's probe free of political meddling. Now that Mueller's investigation has reached into Trump's White House — former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty earlier this month and is ...
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Delhi zoo hosts party for Rita the chimp, aged 57

A cake is cut as schoolchildren sing "happy birthday" to India's oldest living chimpanzee. ...read more Read more here: Delhi zoo hosts party for Rita the chimp, aged 57 ...
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2017 Congressional Job Approval Average Remains Low

2017 Congressional Job Approval Average Remains Low

In 2017, U.S. congressional job approval averaged 19% -- slightly higher than in 2016 because of improved ratings from Republicans. ...read more Read more here: 2017 Congressional Job Approval Average Remains Low ...
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Film-maker Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct

Super Size Me documentary maker Morgan Spurlock tells of paying to settle a harassment case. ...read more Read more here: Film-maker Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct ...
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Don Lemon: Trump Riding The Economic Momentum Created By Obama, He Should Be Thanking Him

Don Lemon on his CNN show Tuesday night and Wednesday night said President Trump should be thanking former President Obama for "handing" him a really good economy. He said on Tuesday that he doesn't think "people are stupid" and "realize" that Trump is "riding the momentum" of an economy Obama created. On Wednesday's show, Lemon used the 'thank you' line and said he wonders if Trump "would be crying" if he was given the economy that Obama inherited when he took the presidency in 2009. "He is riding the momentum of President Obama, and I think people realize that. I ...
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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: “No Good Cause” To Fire Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed special counsel Mueller, said there is no good cause to fire him when questioned by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. REP. JERROLD NADLER (D-NY) According to the department, the Office of the Inspector General informed Special Counsel Mueller of the existence of these text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on July 27th, 2017 -- the texts you sent us last night. Mr. Mueller immediately concluded the Mr. Strzok could no longer participate in the investigation, and he was removed from the team ...
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‘Someone listened’: Messages from Australia’s abuse survivors

More than 1,000 people use handwritten notes to describe the experience of coming forward. ...read more Read more here: 'Someone listened': Messages from Australia's abuse survivors ...
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Chuck Todd: Trump “Seems To Get More Enraged When A Woman Criticizes Him”

NBC's Chuck Todd appears on Wednesday's broadcast of Megyn Kelly Today and weighs in on President Trump's controversial tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and his reaction to criticism from women. CHUCK TODD: You know, what's interesting is about how he reacted to her? She's actually the fourth Democratic senator, I believe, to call for his resignation over the accusations of sexual harassment. The first three were men, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley and I think Cory Booker. The first time he seems to notice this is when Kirsten Gillibrand does it. Coincidence? I'm not sure. But that is something — ...
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Sanders: “Too Much Of Democratic Party Money Has Gone To Consultants,” Not In Organizing

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Democrats have taken the black vote for granted. He also admonished the national Democratic party for spending "too much" money on consultants and TV advertising. From Wednesday night's Anderson Cooper 360: ANDERSON COOPER: We heard from a number of people, Charles Barkley who supported the Doug Jones campaign... who said the national Democratic party has taken African-American voters, their support for granted and that Doug Jones didn't do that. That he laid a foundation that he has been doing the work for years and years. Do you think that's true that ...
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Stu Stevens: “Creepy” Moore Might As Well Drive Around In Van With “Free Candy” On Side

Republican consultant Stuart Stevens appeared on CNN to discuss Roy Moore's loss in Alabama the role of Steve Bannon in the Republican party going forward. Stevens was an advisor to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. "I think Steve Bannon made the mistake that a lot of people do when they first get involved in politics and you end up working for a campaign that wins, you think people voted for you and not the candidate. That's not the case," Stevens said on Wednesday's broadcast of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. "This was particularly toxic in ...
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Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year

The now infamous line "please tell me that's not your penis" captured the minds of New Zealanders. ...read more Read more here: Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year ...
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GOP Rep. Peter King: Bannon “Looks Like Disheveled Drunk”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) reacts to Republican Roy Moore's loss in Alabama and said Steve Bannon looks like some "disheveled drunk that wondered on to the political stage." CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Republican Congressman Peter King from New York tweeting this morning, after Alabama disaster, GOP must do right thing and dump Steve Bannon. His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous. If we are to make America great again for all Americans, Bannon must go and go down. Congressman King joins me now. Congressman, thank you very much. If I don't get to speak to you again, Merry Christmas ...
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Brexit bill: May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

The EU summit comes after a Tory rebellion defeats the government in a key vote on Brexit. ...read more Read more here: Brexit bill: May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss ...
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