CNN Radio News Day: December 3, 2012
December 3rd, 2012
04:36 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 3, 2012

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  • A new development  Monday is bolstering Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy's position and helps clear the way for a nationwide vote on a new draft constitution in less than two weeks.  A key judge's group, the Supreme Judicial Council, says it will delegate judges to monitor voting on the referendum December 15th.  That essentially throws support behind Morsy.  But some human rights advocates, like Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch, say they're concerned about some articles in the draft.

"This constitution does ignore the rights of women.  We see the inclusion of that provision as very problematic, together with the provision on non-discrimination, which no longer lists sex as one of the grounds of discrimination."

  • The landmark legislation from the 1970's, Title 9, is popularly known for providing for equality in university sports.  But the law has other implications, including how sex crimes are dealt with on college campuses.  Among the changes: colleges have to offer speedy resolution of these cases and they also must provide help to survivors. Sharon LaRue has helped students deal with trauma for ten years at the University of Louisville. She says students dealing with the aftermath of rape often come forward with a mundane request.

"Usually when they tell faculty or a staff person it has to do with something they need.  Maybe it's like 'I'm behind in my class or I can't focus on my studies so I need some assistance'"', says LaRue.

  • It's 29 days to go until the so-called fiscal cliff – when a series of across-the-board budget cuts and higher taxes will go into effect unless Congress takes action.  In recent days the rhetoric has turned defiant on both sides.  That's included a GOP rejection of the latest Obama administration proposal.  On Monday, Republicans offered-up a counter-proposal.  And CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash says it starts from a framework that one House Republican source admits both sides detest:

"That's the way Republicans are describing their very own counter-proposal, because they say they've got to shake things up and start to talk about these issues in a different way."

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