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Zoe Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The University of Southern California is facing a federal civil rights investigation after students filed a complaint that alleged the school ignored campus rape and failed to prosecute attackers even after they confessed.

One anonymous USC student involved in the complaint said that campus police had decided she wasn't raped because her alleged attacker did not orgasm, the Huffington Post reported Monday.

"Because he stopped, it was not rape," she was told, per the complaint. "Even though his penis penetrated your vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime."

The campus police did not refer the student's case to the Los Angeles police department.

Another student, according to the complaint, was told by the university Department of Public Safety that women should not "go out, get drunk and expect not to get raped" when she tried to report a rape.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating potential violations of Title IX, the federal gender equality law that criminilizes a failure to respond to claims of sexual violence.

Photo: In a Friday March 1, 2013 photo, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sophomore Landen Gambill, center, stands with supporters during a rally, on the steps of the South Building on campus in Chapel Hill, N.C.. Gambill, who faces possible expulsion after saying publicly that she's a rape victim, has filed a federal complaint against the school, saying it retaliated against her, her attorney said Monday, March 25, 2013.

Anthony Weiner's online sex chat scandal is likely nowhere near over.

In an interview with the New York Times, Nik Richie, the editor of The Dirty, "suggested" the website was preparing to release more embarassing information about the online relationship between the New York City mayoral candidate and a 22-year-old Indiana woman.

The online sex chat scandal that has engulfed Anthony Weiner’s run for mayor of New York City began when a 22-year-old woman contacted Weiner on Facebook.

The woman, a Democrat from Indiana, wanted to "express her disappointment" with the first scandal that preceded Weiner's resignation from Congress, the New York Times reported Wednesday. She had thought of Weiner as a hero.

Their correspondence veered from politics to include explicit photographs and sexual language, Nik Richie, the editor of The Dirty, told the NYT.

Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambrige, briefly emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in central London on Tuesday, carrying their newborn baby boy. The child is third in line to become king of England.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) isn't pleased hip-hop icon Jay Z is joining Stevie Wonder's boycott of Florida in protest of the state's "stand your ground" law, the Hill reported Tuesday.

“Look, thank god we live in a free country and people can opt to be silly and foolish but that’s a contrast —they go to Cuba and that's okay,” Diaz-Balart said Tuesday on the Laura Ingraham radio show, referring to Jay-Z's trip to Cuba with Beyonce earlier this year.

“They hobnob with the regime, that’s okay. But they won’t go to Florida, where we're free, that's their choice but I think their priorities are a little bit off,” Diaz-Balart said.

The Rolling Stones, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, have reportedly also joined Wonder’s boycott, according to the Hill.

Kansas' corporation-regulating body is considering new rules to require companies disclose some information about what chemicals they inject into the ground for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," wells, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Under the proposed rules, companies would have to submit information about each injected chemical to a public state registry, or to the FracFocus.org database. If the company considers the chemical a trade secret, however, this rule does not apply. 

In some states, fracking rules stipulate that trade secret information can be withheld from the public, but must be provided to the state regulatory body. In the event of a spill or other emergency, the state agency would have information about the proprietary mix of chemicals on hand, though they would still remain confidential to the public. 

Under the proposed rules in Kansas, companies are not required to disclose trade secret chemicals to the regulatory agency unless a need arises, as in the event of a spill, in which case the company must provide the chemical information to regulators and medical personnel within two days.

“This is as far as other states have gone,” Ryan Hoffman, the Kansas Corporation Commission attorney who outlined the proposed regulations for legislators, told the Associated Press.

The KCC plans to hold a hearing on the rules on Aug. 15 in Wichita.

Photo: In this March 29, 2013 photo, a worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. 

Clarification: A previous version of this post said that "many" states had fracking rules that forced companies to disclose trade secrets to a regulatory body but allowed them withhold those secrets from the public. But information published by ProPublica showed those rules only apply in a handful of states. The post has been updated to indicate those are the rules in "some" states. It has also been updated to indicate that the rules are designed so that the state has the information on hand in case of an emergency.

Correction: Because of an error by the AP, this post originally said the hearing would be held on Aug. 10. It is actually scheduled for Aug. 15.

A six-year-old boy died after being accidentally shot in his Battle Creek, Neb. home Saturday, local TV station KTIV reported.

No additional information was available about how the boy, identified as Lawson Walz, died, according to KTIV.

An internal report conducted by the Pakistani government and obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism puts the number of civilians killed in the country by CIA drone strikes at 147. That number is much higher than the U.S. government's official count of civilian deaths.

Of those civilians killed, 94 are said to be children, according to the report.

The numbers recorded in the report are far higher than the 50 or so "non-combatants" reported by the U.S. government to have died in CIA drone missions in Pakistan. In June, CIA Director John Brennan described claims of larger-scale civilian deaths as "intentional misrepresentations."

The document, which the Bureau says it obtained from three separate sources, outlines 75 separate CIA drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009, and details the casualties in many of the attacks.

Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has admitted radioactive water "likely" leaked into the sea, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The admission confirms what experts already suspected, and what the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. originally denied.

Last week, steam or vapors appeared to be rising from the crippled plant, but the Tokyo Electric Power said radiation levels remained steady. 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law Thursday new restrictions on when, how, and where a woman may obtain an abortion in the state, the Associated Press reported.

The omnibus anti-abortion bill bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and places new building requirements on abortion facilities that opponents say will force all but five Texas clinics to close.

The bill ignited weeks of protest and long hours of testimony and debate, as well as a marathon filibuster by State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) in June.

 

 

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