Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is slated to release new rules for how colleges and universities should handle sexual assault allegations on campus, including new rights for the accused like the ability to cross-examine their accuser, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The new regulation is the latest sign of a backlash against the #MeToo movement, particularly in the Trump administration. Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court after his assault allegations divided the country, and President Trump said it's a "scary time" for young men in the U.S. who face false accusations.

The details: The new rules, set to be released before Thanksgiving, would erase the guidelines the Obama administration put in place in 2011.

  • The accused would have the right to cross-examine their accusers through an attorney or adviser, though the proposal will include language barring questioning about an accuser’s sexual history, The Post reports.
  • The definition of sexual harassment would be tightened.
  • Universities' liability would be reduced, and they would be accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities, per The New York Times, which got a look at an early version of the proposal in August.
  • Schools could use a higher standard in evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault.
  • There would also be more flexibility for universities to offer more support for victims like schedule changes or housing reassignments.

What to watch: The proposal to let the accused — or at least their attorney — question the accuser is likely to be the most controversial change, with one advocacy group leader calling it an "extraordinarily cruel process" that would discourage women from reporting assaults.

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 18,543,662 — Total deaths: 700,714 — Total recoveries — 11,143,031Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 4,771,236 — Total deaths: 156,807 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.
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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.