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May 8th, 2014

Victims of Campus Rape Should Be Dialing 911

    If a 19-year-old high-school dropout raped by her ex-boyfriend wants justice, she calls the police. The same should apply to a 19-year-old college freshman similarly attacked by another student.

    But it doesn't apply nearly enough. Colleges have let themselves become arbiters of violent crime. They have no business being in that business. Furthermore, they got into the business for bad reasons.

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May 4th

Sterling's Racial Honors

    Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatles declared that money can't buy you love.

    They hadn't met Donald Sterling.

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The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

    Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has become a prostitute.

    The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call-girls also believe they are doing a public service.

    Lackawanna College’s price is $2.5 million.

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Challenging Putin's Values

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Is Barry Whiffing?

    Stop whining, Mr. President.

    And stop whiffing.

    Don't whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don't do it at a press conference with another world leader. It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.

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Koch brothers vs. 'mute' button

    Across the nation, in congressional district after congressional district, state after state, the race has begun — the race between viewers’ thumbs and the Koch brothers’ pitch.

    In most cases, the thumbs win — find “mute” — before David and Charles Koch can tell them what a disaster the Affordable Care Act is and just who is responsible.

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NRA gathers its best troops in an echo chamber

    Second Amendment absolutists complain that gun-control advocates are an out-of-touch elite seeking to destroy the way of life of real men who pack heat, pass weapons on to their sons and are a rampart against government tyranny. It's dangerous out there.

    At the National Rifle Association's convention in Indianapolis last weekend, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre warned his members that their lifestyle was under assault.

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Rebranding rape makes accountability harder to come by

    Have you heard? It's not rape anymore. The newer, more palatable term at colleges across the country is "non-consensual sex." And it's become part of the weaseling, whitewashing way we deal with sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape.

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The racists among us

    Let's not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

    I hear regularly from proud racists who send me -- anonymously -- some of the vilest and most hateful correspondence you could imagine. You'll have to trust me about the content; this stuff, mostly vulgar racial insults directed at President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, is too disgusting to repeat.

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Brown’s Bittersweet Legacy

    What a bittersweet 60th anniversary: On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared “separate but equal” school systems inherently unconstitutional.

    After making great progress toward integrating public schools, our nation reversed course. Resegregation gradually replaced integration as a leading educational indicator over the past 25 years.

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