Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, the Department of Justice announced Friday. U.S. attorneys are normally replaced at the beginning of new administrations. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The call for resignations applies to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the New York Times reported. The move is a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times. read more
A residential advisor at Pitzer College sent a campus-wide email informing students -- white women, in particular -- that they should stop wearing hoop earrings.
Hooped earrings "actually come from a historical background of oppression and exclusion," wrote Alegria Martinez, according to The Claremont Independent. "Why should white girls be able to take part in this culture?"
The email was intended to serve as an explanation for the appearance of a message, "White girl take off your hoops!!!" on Pitzer's free speech wall. In her email to campus, Martinez identified herself as one of the authors of the message. read more
The teachers' pension fund in Puerto Rico looks very much like a legalized Ponzi scheme -- one that might hold a warning for teachers across America.
Puerto Rico, where the money to pay teachers' pensions is expected to run out next year, has become a particularly extreme example of a problem facing states including Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania: As teachers' pension costs keep rising, young teachers are being squeezed -- sometimes hard. One study found that more than three-fourths of all American teachers hired at age 25 will end up paying more into pension plans than they ever get back.
Clinton's message was devoid of policy discussions in a way not seen in the previous four presidential contests.
Other big lessons drawn in the paper include:
The impact of advertising may depend on the larger media environment and knowledge of the candidates. Ie. It's much more difficult for advertising to have an impact in a media environment that is saturated with sensational media coverage of the campaign -- and of two already well-known candidates -- but that does not mean that all advertising fails to work.
Message matters, and a message repeated endlessly does no good unless it resonates with a sufficient number of the right voters. Team Clinton's message that Trump was unfit for the presidency may not have been enough.
What happens at the presidential level does not always follow down ballot.
The unfolding story of gender in sport is best understood against the backdrop of the past. Sex verification of female athletes began as a means to deter gender fraud in the 1930s and '40s. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) created a Medical Commission in 1961 to check sex according to chromosomes females generally have two X chromosomes, and males an X and Y. The committee even granted certificates of femininity' on the basis its genetic results.
But this binary code hasn't held up. Not all females have two X chromosomes. And there are individuals with an X and Y chromosome who look and live like females because of androgen insensitivity syndrome, which inhibits the impact of testosterone on the cells.