This lack of knowledge partly explains why nearly four in 10 Americans think Congress should pass a law in direct contradiction of the First Amendment, which reads in part: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." (emphasis added). ...Wonkblog,WaPo
And why not? Birth control, emergency contraceptives, and medical abortions are all way safer than anti-choice Republicans and somber after-school specials would have us believe, but they're only as effective as they are accessible. And we're so busy defending women’s right to choose that it’s easy to forget how easy choosing could be, given the green light to disrupt.
That's the option the federal government has, effectively, if campuses don't get real about sexual assaults. That "nuclear option" isn't out of the question.
Colleges would lose access to federal student grants and loans — the lifeblood of colleges that are dependent on tuition, which includes all but the colleges with the largest endowments. Federal research funding could also be at risk. ...Vox
It's not likely to happen. But the Obama administration is serious about dealing with the seemingly endless reports of sexual assault -- actionable under Title IX -- that colleges have been virtually ignoring.
Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican senator who asked the Discovery Channel to film him and a Democratic colleague last month as they subsisted on an uninhabited Pacific island, came home with a sunburn, a 10-pound weight loss — and a desire to see Senate leaders put through the same ordeal.
“To see Senator Reid and Senator McConnell,” Flake said Thursday, “I will level that challenge right now. If they would spend six days and nights on an island, we could move legislation forward here.”
Flake paused, then smiled. “And if they didn’t survive, we could still move legislation here,” he added.
Well sure. We could vote them out of office. Or we could ask ourselves how, in America, we have become so indulgent of childish behaviors that we elect people with the emotional maturity of 9-year-olds when they are well over thirty.
At 11 o’clock on a Tuesday night, Amanda, a senior at Princeton University, got her first text message from Stephen, a 60-something Wall Street banker. He wanted her at his New York City apartment. Immediately.
“I told him it was too late—the trains just stopped running,” Amanda said. “He said he’d send a limo.”
Amanda agreed, on the condition that she’d be back on campus for her 10 o’clock class the next morning. After dinner at a fancy restaurant, sex, and some post-sex apartment decorating, Amanda was back in the limo. When she got back to Princeton, she had just enough time to change her clothes, grab her books, and run to class.
Stephen is just one of the many men Amanda has met on Seeking Arrangement, a website that connects “sugar babies”—young, pretty women—with “sugar daddies”—usually rich, older men. On Seeking Arrangement, the most important part of the profile is the number at the top of the page: net worth. Men with annual incomes of over $5 or $10 million get the most attention. The site advertises “mutually beneficial relationships,” in which young women shower men with attention in exchange for “the finer things in life”—fancy dinners, extravagant vacations, or monthly allowances. ...CarolineKitchener,Atlantic
The comments on this article at The Atlantic are a Whole Nother Story...
The executive branch seems to believe that it can ignore restraints on pursuing what looks very much like a war by denying that it is one, while avoiding checks on constitutionally questionable practices in the name of an ineffable war. By this logic, war is both nowhere and everywhere. ...AmyDavidson,NewYorker