The Department of Education released today a list of 55 colleges and universities that are facing Title IX investigations for their handling of sexual abuse claims. Some of the most prestigious colleges in the country are on the list, including Harvard, Princeton, and Dartmouth. The release of the document is being seen as an "unprecedented step" by the White House in its continued efforts to combat sex crimes on college campuses.
As the The Washington Post notes, the list doesn't detail what the Education Department is investigating at each school. Nor does inclusion on the list mean that Title IX — a law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funding — has been violated. It just means that an investigation is ongoing. While perhaps best known for allowing female students equal access to sports, Title IX has long been used as a way to regulate how schools handle sexual violence on campuses. Up until now, the names of all the schools being investigated have never been released.
Catherine E. Lhamon, an assistant secretary for the department's Office for Civil Rights, said the administration hopes "this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue." The Washington Post has the full list here. Jordan Valinsky
The Navy on Friday confirmed responsibility for an obscene sky drawing made by a practicing aircrew over the town of Okanogan, Washington, northeast of Seattle.
— Alexander Tin (@alexandertinman) November 17, 2017
The crew of an EA-18G Growler attack jet flew the plane in a pattern that "left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground," a Navy representative said. "The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value," officials added, "and we are holding the crew accountable" for the phallic drawing.
Beijing said in state media reports Saturday "the traditional friendly relations between China and North Korea was founded and cultivated by both countries former old leaders, and is valuable wealth for the two peoples." The comments come after meetings in Pyongyang between representatives of both governments Friday.
The timing of the talks so soon after President Trump's conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping during Trump's tour of Asia has led to speculation that Beijing may have conveyed a message from Washington. Pyongyang said Friday nuclear diplomacy will not proceed unless the U.S. and South Korea stop conducting joint military exercises. Bonnie Kristian
Former Secretary of State Hillary on Friday drew a contrast between Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is "accepting responsibility, apologizing" for sexual misconduct allegations made against him, and President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, "who have done neither."
Her remarks came a day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, while allowing that the political climate surrounding sexual misconduct was different in the 1990s. "Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances, there should be a very different reaction," Gillibrand said. "And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him."
Gillibrand is historically a Clinton ally, and her comments are the latest development in the Democratic Party's renewed debate and division over sexual harassment and assault accusations against Bill Clinton. Clinton defenders argue it is disingenuous to suggest the former president escaped consequences for his behavior by putting him in the same category as Trump and Moore. Bonnie Kristian
Thousands of Zimbabweans marched in the streets in cities around their country on Saturday, demanding an end to the rule of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and is widely considered a dictator. Marchers carried signs with slogans like, "no to Mugabe dynasty," "this is the Zimbabwe we want," and "selfless not selfish government."
— Doug Coltart (@DougColtart) November 18, 2017
The demonstrations come several days after the Zimbabwean military, backed by the ruling Zanu-PF party, put Mugabe and his wife, Grace, under house arrest. The couple are "ready to die for what is correct" and will not step down, Mugabe's nephew said Saturday as the army, which supports the protests, prevented demonstrators from marching into the Mugabes' official residence. Bonnie Kristian
President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner did not give congressional investigators access to campaign-era email communications he is known to have had with Wikileaks about a "Russian backdoor overture," Senate Judiciary Committee leaders said in a letter Thursday. On Friday, citing an unnamed source familiar with congressional probes into Russian meddling with the 2016 election, CNN reported Kushner also denied any memory of those emails when testifying before Congress in July, contradicting the senators' account.
Kushner's attorney dismissed the story in a statement Friday night, maintaining Kushner was correct to say he did not have "contacts with Wikileaks, Guccifer, or DC Leaks." "From all I have now seen, his statement was accurate then as it is now," added Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell. "In over 6 hours of voluntary testimony, Mr. Kushner answered all questions put to him and demonstrated that there had been no collusion between the campaign and Russia." Bonnie Kristian
President Trump announced Friday he has delayed his decision on whether to maintain or eliminate an Obama-era prohibition on the import of trophies, like the tusks or skull, from elephants hunted for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the purview of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, had indicated Thursday the ban would be lifted, a change the agency said could increase the number of elephants by encouraging big game population management. Critics believe it would put elephants at greater risk of extinction.
The Trump family has taken an interest in big game hunting in the past. The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., hunted and killed an elephant on a trip to Zimbabwe with his brother Eric Trump in 2012. Bonnie Kristian
The White House on Friday released an updated list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees. There is no current vacancy on the Supreme Court, but the announcement does come on the same day as the national convention for the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization whose members have made up a significant portion of President Trump's judicial picks.
The White House's statement specifically noted the president's commitment to "Make the Judiciary Great Again" and reaffirmed that his next Supreme Court nominee would be "in the mold of Justice [Neil] Gorsuch." Trump released his original list of potential Supreme Court nominees last May, before Gorsuch was eventually confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
In October, Axios reported that Trump thinks he'll get the opportunity to nominate three more justices to the Supreme Court during his first term. Trump apparently told an individual who spoke to Axios that he would end up replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose imminent retirement is a long-standing rumor on Capitol Hill; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, because "what does she weigh? 60 pounds?"; and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is just 63 years old, because her health is "no good. Diabetes."
Neither the White House nor spokespeople for the Supreme Court justices in question commented on the Axios report. Kennedy has reportedly said that he plans to stay on the Supreme Court for at least another year, while Ginsburg has said that she wants to "do this job as long as I can do it full steam." Kelly O'Meara Morales