Mic Daily: Betsy DeVos expands rights for those accused of sexual harassment

Betsy DeVos sitting next to a kid in school

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After one journalist’s sexist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez critique goes viral, the memes ensue

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Washington Examiner writer Eddie Scarry learned the hard way that there’s no place for your sexist commentary on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — especially not on Twitter. Read more.

While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the Trump administration that aren’t about counting votes

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The midterm elections, for yet another week, were seemingly all anyone could talk about — but there was a lot more going on in Trumpland. Read more.

Betsy DeVos releases new rules on sexual harassment and assault that expand rights of the accused

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced new rules that both narrow the definition of sexual assault as well as expand the rights for those accused of such behavior. It’s a move that’s been condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union and other sexual assault awareness and advocacy groups. Read more.

Judge orders White House to reinstate Jim Acosta’s press pass, a blow to Trump administration

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Well, hey, turns out the Trump administration’s plan to use doctored footage to sway a judge wasn’t the world’s greatest plan. Who knew? Read more.

Why Jemel Roberson and other black men with legal guns don’t have political allies

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Mic’s Chauncey Alcorn looked at the NRA’s handwringing when it’s asked to defend back licensed gun owners — something it’s not so squeamish about when the gun owner is white. Read more.

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