Trump on E. Jean Carroll’s Assault Allegations: ‘She’s Not My Type’

In an interview with The Hill on Monday, President Trump again denied writer E. Jean Carroll’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s—and added that she wasn’t his “type.” “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump told the news outlet. When asked if he thought Carroll was lying, the president said she “totally” was. “I don’t know anything about her. I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. “She is—it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.” Trump previously stated that he had never met Carroll, despite there being photographic evidence published alongside Carroll’s first-person essay published in The Cut that the two met at least once.


SCOTUS: Patent Office Can’t Ban Trademark for FUCT Clothing Brand

The Supreme Court on Monday overturned a provision of a 1946 law that banned the trademarking of “immoral or scandalous” terms. At issue was the trademark application for FUCT, a popular clothing brand. In Iancu v. Brunetti, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had refused the application, citing the 1946 law, but the court unanimously found that to be a violation of the First Amendment. The case had been closely watched because activists had challenged the trademark of the Washington Redskins football team on basis of the same law.


Italy’s Milan and Cortina to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

For the first time, the Olympic Games will feature two different cities as hosts in its official name. Milan-Cortina will share the glory in northern Italy for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and will be the Games’ fourth appearance in the country. Milan-Cortina beat out Stockholm-Åre for hosting duties Monday as officials convened in Switzerland. Unlike previous Olympics, the bids for 2026 were split among regional hosts rather than individual cities. The decision was effectively between northern Italy and Sweden/Latvia as the International Olympic Committee eased restrictions for hosts to bid together, in an attempt to have the Games use more pre-existing venues and ease the financial burden and eliminate white-elephant venues. Milan will be the base for the 2026 Games, and towns in between Milan and Alpine ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo will also host some events. Italy hosted the Winter Games in Cortina in 1956 and in Turin in 2006, as well as the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. The IOC reported Italy had 83 percent of public support and Sweden 55 percent in favor of hosting the Games in March.

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White House Declines House Oversight Invite for Kellyanne Conway Hearing

White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Monday evening that Assistant to the President Kellyanne Conway would not be able to testify before the committee on Wednesday. “In accordance with long-standing precedent, we respectfully decline the invitation to make Ms. Conway available for testimony before the Committee,” Cipollone wrote in a letter to the House Oversight Committee. According to Politico, the committee will vote to subpoena Conway if she does not show up to the hearing Wednesday. The hearing reportedly would have focused on the conclusions of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which claimed Conway violated the Hatch Act multiple times. The Hatch Act bars federal employees from “participating in political speech” while on “official duties.”


Heat Exposure Likely Killed Woman, Toddler, Infants Found Dead Near Mexico Border, Sheriff Says

One woman in her early twenties, a toddler, and two infants who were found dead in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday likely died due to dehydration and heat exposure, authorities said Monday. The four were likely crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. when they were overcome by the heat, the Associated Press reports. The four bodies were found in or near Anzalduas Park, and authorities said the victims could have been dead for several days before being found. Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Medrano said the area where the victims were found is commonly used by migrants seeking to enter the country illegally. The FBI, which is leading the investigation because the bodies were found on federal land, said: “It’s an incredibly heart-breaking situation.”


Ex-Student Found Guilty of Murdering Visiting Scholar at University of Illinois

An ex-University of Illinois doctoral student was found guilty of raping and murdering a visiting scholar from China on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Brendt Christensen, 29, reportedly showed “no emotion” when his verdict was announced after the jury spent just 90 minutes deliberating. His defense attorneys admitted their client killed visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017 after abducting her from a bus stop. Prosecutors further alleged that Zhang was beaten to death with a baseball bat and decapitated. The jury was also presented with evidence that Christensen bragged about killing 12 other individuals before he murdered Zhang. While Illinois no longer permits capital punishment, Christensen could be sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court. The upcoming penalty phase of the trial, which could last multiple weeks, will reportedly focus on Christensen’s brutality and possible “mental health issues.”


Migrant Kids Moved From Texas Border Facility After Reports of Poor Conditions

More than 300 children are being relocated from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following an Associated Press report highlighting poor conditions at the facility. The government has moved most children out of the facility, which is near El Paso and was operating over capacity, and now only 30 children remain. The AP’s previous report said children as young as 10- to 15-years-old were taking care of toddlers and that there was inadequate food, water, and sanitation services. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) said some kids were sent to a different facility in El Paso, but it is unclear where all of them have been moved to.


Missing Connecticut Mom Jennifer Dulos Could Have Vanished in ‘Gone Girl’ Situation: Husband’s Lawyer

An attorney for the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Farber Dulos claimed she wrote a manuscript that was similar to the novel Gone Girl, suggesting she could have staged her own disappearance, The Hartford Courant reports. Attorney for Fotis Dulos, Norm Pattis, said in a statement to NBC News he had been given a “very dark, 500-plus page novel” written by her. “We don’t know what had become of Jennifer, but the Gone Girl hypothesis is very much on our mind,” Pattis said. The Courant said the manuscript was written in 2002, a decade before Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was published. Flynn’s book and the adapted screenplay depicts a woman who faked her own death after disappearing to frame her husband for murder.

The spokeswoman for Dulos’ family, Carrie Luft, said she has seen the manuscript and claimed Pattis was mischaracterizing it. “Trying to tie Jennifer’s absence to a book she wrote more than 17 years ago makes no sense. Evidence shows that Jennifer was the victim of a violent attack in her New Canaan home. Her book has nothing to do with Gone Girl,” Luft said in a statement, adding that Dulos’ situation was “not fiction or a movie.” Dulos, who was locked in a bitter divorce battle with her husband, has now been missing for a month.


Employee Sues Kennedy Center for $1 Million Over Signed ‘Hamilton’ Poster Dispute

A building manager is not throwing away his shot against his employer, the Kennedy Center. Joseph Burgess filed a $1 million lawsuit on Monday against the center over a dispute involving a signed Hamilton poster. Burgess’ civil suit against the Kennedy Center says officials treated him unfairly and alleges defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and creation of a hostile work environment. In the suit, Burgess says he asked for and was promised a “Hamilton” poster, which he then arranged to have signed by the musical’s cast during their 2018 run at the Kennedy Center.

After the poster was signed, members of Kennedy Center management reportedly asked for the poster back, and Burgess complied with the request, the suit says. The official who gave him the poster then sent an email to other Kennedy Center employees saying that Burgess should not be allowed backstage due to complaints from managers and cast members, which Burgess believes was libelous. Burgess also says the collection of performance memorabilia by employees is a common practice at the theater. The lawsuit names the Kennedy Center and an additional employee as defendants.