Dec 28, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: The next #MeToo arena

"Academia — like Hollywood, the media and Congress — is facing its own #MeToo movement over allegations of sexual misconduct," the AP's Maria Danilova reports:

  • One estimate is "[t]hat the number of reported complaints has risen by about 10 percent since the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced in early October..."
  • "The increase is mostly from women complaining of harassment by faculty members who are their superiors."
  • "[A]ctivists suggest various possible remedies: spelling out what interaction is appropriate between faculty and students; more transparency in reporting and investigating complaints; more women in senior leadership positions in academia; and making a student's career less dependent on just one professor."

Why it matters: "Activists say young women pursuing graduate studies are especially vulnerable to sexual misconduct because they depend heavily on their academic adviser to complete their degrees, pursue research in their field of study and get recommendations for future jobs. Reporting misconduct could endanger an academic career."

Read more: All the high-profile men facing sexual misconduct allegations

2 Axios scoops
  1. From Jonathan Swan: There's an operational reshuffle coming at the top level of the White House. Senior Trump administration official Johnny DeStefano is set to assume greater responsibilities and influence, including overseeing the beleaguered White House political operation. Go deeper.
  2. From Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News, an Axios contributor: The U.S. and Israel have reached a joint strategic work plan to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East. U.S. and Israeli officials said the joint understandings were reached in a secret meeting between senior Israeli and U.S. delegations at the White House on December 12th. Go deeper.
3. What you missed
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  2. Trump's tweets: He mocked Vanity Fair and Anna Wintour for a Hillary Clinton video, and called out China over reports of selling oil to North Korea.
  3. No dice, Roy Moore: An Alabama judge today certified Doug Jones' win.
  4. A federal appeals court ruled that the EPA has 90 days to revise a policy designed to protect children from lead-based paint. Details.
  5. Instagram announced this week that posts from accounts users don't follow will start appearing in a new section of News Feeds called "Recommended for You." More.
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