Only in America
Some students at George Washington University are campaigning to drop the name “Colonials” from the university’s sports teams, saying it’s “extremely offensive.” The name and accompanying mascot—a white man in a three-cornered hat—was chosen in 1926 to honor George Washington, a military and political hero in Colonial America. A campus petition says the name “glorifies the act of systemic oppression.”
Dr. Dre, the hip-hop icon, has lost his battle to block Dr. Draion Burch, a Pennsylvania gynecologist, from trademarking the name “Dr. Drai.” Dre (the rapper) had argued that the similarly named brands would cause “confusion in the marketplace.” But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled this week that the potential for confusion is minimal, as “Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor.”
Boring but important
Israeli firm spied on ex-Obama aides
A private intelligence firm with ties to the Israeli government secretly worked to gather damaging information on former Obama administration officials in order to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, The New Yorker reported this week. Black Cube compiled detailed profiles of several officials who’d worked in the Obama White House, including foreign policy advisers Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl. Operatives using false identities also attempted to coax information out of the officials’ family members. The firm used similar tactics when it was hired by Harvey Weinstein to stop articles about his history of sexual misconduct. Black Cube was reportedly working for a business client who hoped to benefit from sanctions on Iran. The firm denied the story.