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HC Wake-Up Call: One of Trump’s Accusers Is Running for Office, House Votes to Overhaul Handling of Sexual Misconduct & SpaceX’s Rocket Launch

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Rachel Crooks, One of Trump's Accusers, Is Running for Office in 2018

Rachel Crooks, one of the 19 women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, announced on Monday that she plans to run for the Ohio state legislature in 2018, the Huffington Post reports. Though she says she never considered running for office prior to Trump's election, Crooks says her experience being forcibly kissed by Trump in a Trump Tower elevator when she was 22, as well as the sexual misconduct experiences of other women whose perpetrators haven't been held accountable by the current system, was what inspired her to run.

"I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now," Crooks said. "Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them."

The House of Representatives Has Voted to Completely Overhaul Its Treatment of Sexual Misconduct Cases

After multiple allegations against many of its members in recent months, as well as revelations that taxpayer dollars were used toward settlements in these cases, the House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to completely overhaul its handling of sexual misconduct cases in the House. The bill passed would completely overhaul the Office of Compliance, which was responsible for many of the secretive settlements, and would require all members of Congress to reimburse taxpayers for any settlements within 90 days. If they refuse to do so, portions of their salaries would be withheld until the settlements were paid off. Among several other provisions, the bill also explicitly prohibits romantic relationships between lawmakers and staffers.

While the bill still has to pass the Senate as well, hopefully, lawmakers can understand that cracking down on sexual misconduct is a bipartisan issue that we can all get behind.

SpaceX Has Successfully Launched the Most Powerful Rocket in Decades

Elon Musk's company SpaceX became the first-ever private company to launch a rocket into space with the launch of its Falcon Heavy on Tuesday, NPR reports. The rocket, which is the newest and most powerful design in decades, was launched as a major step in SpaceX's eventual goal of creating cheap space flight — and ideally one day, a colony on Mars. To make the whole thing even cooler, the rocket has a red Tesla on board, equipped with cameras providing insane views of Earth and Mars.

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Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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