Colleges Are Banning Frats All Over For Outrageous Behavior

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A recent string of high-profile scandals has reopened the debate over whether college fraternities are positive forces for building community on campus or breeding grounds for dangerous attitudes and behavior towards minorities and women.

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The Cruz Troika

In all the other Ted Cruz nonsense over recent days, I'm not sure how many people saw this piece by Josh Rogin, now at Bloomberg, on Cruz's foreign policy agenda. The article is based on extensive interview from last year. The part that stuck out to me is Cruz's list of three foreign policy experts he most trusts. It's quite a list.

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Weaponized

I've been mainly away this week. So I only got a chance to catch up with the site this evening. And I have to say our headline on this story about Tucker Carlson's brother's email about de Blasio's spokeswoman seriously understates what's in the piece. I have zero sensitivity to vulgar speech. But I'd say this fellow may have some unworked through hostility toward women. Buckley Carlson appears to suffer from a pervasive fear of emasculation common among certain early 21st century bros. In my recent Annals of Psychiatry journal article I termed this condition "ejaculatory rage." Read the story here.

This is a Key Point

"To understand Cruz’s role in 2016, one must recognize that the Tea Party in Washington today is a not an insurgency from below. It is a realignment within the Republican establishment that has committed the party to a position of extreme non-compromise." The rest here.

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It Will Never Happen

There are few people I do not take seriously in politics. Or to put it more specifically, there are few people I fully discount in the context of national elections. Ted Cruz is one of those people. By contrast, I think it is highly unlikely that Rand Paul can make it in the GOP primaries, let alone a national election. There are so many intra-party disputes, so many iffy stories lurking in the background for him and his father and a lot more. But there are enough unexpected and cross cutting aspects to Paul that I can't be sure. Always important, many people who don't agree with anything Paul says find him somehow appealing. Cruz is entirely different. It is hard to think of someone who has been accorded such press attention as a presidential contender while being so certain to go down to defeat. It is extremely unlikely that Cruz could ever win the GOP nomination. And as certain as one can ever be in this fallen world that he cannot win a national election.

This is for three reasons.

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