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Sept. 21, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to question the truthfulness of allegations of sexual assault made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times reports. In a tweet, the president wrote that if Kavanaugh's attack on his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, "was as bad as she days, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities." He went on to write that she should "bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" Trump has been accused of more than a dozen instances of sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, Ford and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee continue to negotiate her possible appearance on Capitol Hill to address her claims.
    In the last two years, a woman has been a serious presidential contender and a record number of women have launched congressional bids. Now, Americans would like to see more women in top leadership positions, says a Pew Research report released Sept. 20. According to the report, 59 percent of adults say there are too few women occupying high political office and executive business positions. There are significant divides between women and men, and Republicans and Democrats, on women in leadership, however: 48 percent of men say there are too few women in the higher rungs of politics and business, and just 33 percent and 38 percent of Republicans and people who lean Republican said there were not enough women in those positions, respectively.

  • The Idaho State Board of Education is dedicating a quarter of a million dollars to finding efficiencies on public college and university campuses in the Gem State. According to a press release from the board, Chicago-based consulting firm Huron has been selected to visit the University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College in search of ways to consolidate services, and "reduce or avoid operating costs." Huron is on a tight deadline: It's expected to present its findings to the BOE at the College of Western Idaho in December.

    "This analysis will include an intensive review of all back-office functions to determine which functions can be delivered at lower cost and higher quality by consolidating services currently being managed separately at each college and university," wrote BOE member Andrew Scoggin in the release.

  • A mass shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland that took place on Sept. 20 was the third mass shooting in 24 hours, CBS News reports. Local law enforcement responded at just after 9 a.m. to reports of the shooting, which left three people dead and three others seriously injured. The suspect, 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, who was a temporary employee at the distribution center, shot herself after shooting her co-workers and later died at a local hospital. According to a recent FBI study, female suspects in mass shootings are extremely rare, making up just 6 percent of of all mass shooting suspects between 2000 and 2013. Other mass shootings took place on Sept. 19 in Middleton, Wisconsin, where a gunman wounded four coworkers before being shot and killed by police; and in Masontown, Pennsylvania, where a gunman shot and wounded four people outside a courtroom before being shot and killed by a police officer.