Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman told the Senate judiciary committee about the systemic failures that allowed Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse to continue even after young women came forward with their allegations.
“Over the past few years, it has become painfully clear how a survivor’s healing is affected by the handling of their abuse,” Raisman said in her testimony. “And it disgusts me that we are still fighting for the most basic answers and accountability over six years later.”
She later added, “My reports of abuse were not only buried by USAG and USOPC, but they were also mishandled by federal law enforcement officers who failed to follow their most basic duties.”
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The US treasury department released a report today that said the country’s childcare system fails to serve families because of market failures that make it too expensive for families and force providers to keep costs low, leaving workers barely able to make ends meet.
The report found that the average family with at least one child under age 5 would need to devote about 13% of their income to pay for child care. It also highlighted the burden on people who work in early childhood education and care – one in every 110 US workers and one in every 55 working women.
“While the benefits of child care and early childhood education are myriad and well-documented, the United States invests woefully little in early childhood education and care,” the report said.
Treasury secretary Janet Yellen is holding an event with Kamala Harris at 4pm ET today to discuss how the proposed $3.5tn spending bill could help alleviate burdens like the cost of child care.
Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will testify on Wednesday about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, as the US Senate examines why the FBI failed to investigate his crimes sooner.
Biles and Raisman will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside their fellow former Olympic teammate McKayla Maroney and former gymnast Maggie Nichols, who was the first victim to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics.
The hearing comes after the justice department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, in July issued a scathing report which blasted the FBI for botching its investigation in a series of errors that allowed the abuse to continue for months.
Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday as will the FBI director, Chris Wray, who is expected to face sharp bipartisan questioning about why the agents who botched the probe were never prosecuted for their misconduct.
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California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, has prevailed in a historic recall election that had him battling for his political life.
Newsom’s most popular challenger was Larry Elder, a rightwing radio host who drew comparisons to Donald Trump over his efforts to sow baseless doubts about the election process.
Newsom did not hold a watch party or election night celebration. Instead, he struck a somber tone speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, saying: “Tonight I’m humbled, grateful, but resolved.”
Speaking in Sacramento, Newsom said that in voting no on the Republican-led recall, Californians said “Yes to science, we said yes to vaccines.