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When you look at the problem in search of an actual solution rather than a libertarian cliche, the point of the legislation — “yes means yes” — makes a lot more sense as a consent standard... Are the California Legislature’s proposed regulations for sexual conduct on colleges campuses yet another intrusion by a nanny state into the bedroom? That’s how critics dismiss lawmakers’ attempt to combat alarmingly common sexual assaults on women at California’s colleges and universities. But it’s nonsense. When you look at the problem in search of an actual solution rather than a libertarian cliche, the point of the legislation — “yes means yes” — makes a lot more sense as a consent standard... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58321726@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:14:01 MDT Kaplan: Obama must work with the bad to defeat the worse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58321607-82/state-islamic-obama-fight.html.csp By Fred Kaplan Slate WASHINGTON • With his speech on Wednesday condemning the Islamic State in newly stark, determined language, President Barack Obama now needs to step up his military campaign in equally dramatic fashion. That does not — and should not — mean sending American ground troops or taking steps that give even the whiff of an American-led war. Still, Obama described the Islamic State — an al-Qaida offshoot — in ways that demand further action and will later seem bizarre if they’re fo... By Fred Kaplan Slate WASHINGTON • With his speech on Wednesday condemning the Islamic State in newly stark, determined language, President Barack Obama now needs to step up his military campaign in equally dramatic fashion. That does not — and should not — mean sending American ground troops or taking steps that give even the whiff of an American-led war. Still, Obama described the Islamic State — an al-Qaida offshoot — in ways that demand further action and will later seem bizarre if they’re fo... 58321607@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:01 MDT McCartney: For 3 Salvadoran teens, a flight from barbarism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58321604-82/gang-salvadoran-sister-avoid.html.csp By Robert McCartney The Washington Post The most distressing part of listening to three young Salvadoran siblings describe the horrific violence that led them to flee their country in the spring and join their mother in Prince George’s County, Md., was, perhaps, their matter-of-fact attitude. The wiry 15-year-old boy, recalling how his friend Carlos was killed and his body mutilated by a gang that he refused to join, said with a small shrug, “He was just like me. He didn’t want to get in troub... By Robert McCartney The Washington Post The most distressing part of listening to three young Salvadoran siblings describe the horrific violence that led them to flee their country in the spring and join their mother in Prince George’s County, Md., was, perhaps, their matter-of-fact attitude. The wiry 15-year-old boy, recalling how his friend Carlos was killed and his body mutilated by a gang that he refused to join, said with a small shrug, “He was just like me. He didn’t want to get in troub... 58321604@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:40:01 MDT Op-ed: Streetcars vs. buses? Solution is not either/or http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58288258-82/transit-buses-streetcars-sugar.html.csp Streetcars or buses? Yes! There is an understandable question among Salt Lake City residents about whether streetcars or buses should be used downtown or in our neighborhoods. Considering the merits of these different mobility modes suggests different, complementary approaches. To build a “Great American City,” Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority (and our partners) are investing in a high-quality public transit network. Over the past several years, the city and UTA have made progress o... Streetcars or buses? Yes! There is an understandable question among Salt Lake City residents about whether streetcars or buses should be used downtown or in our neighborhoods. Considering the merits of these different mobility modes suggests different, complementary approaches. To build a “Great American City,” Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority (and our partners) are investing in a high-quality public transit network. Over the past several years, the city and UTA have made progress o... 58288258@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:29:02 MDT Cepeda: Misreading our demographics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58321543-82/majority-war-black-half.html.csp Chicago • “War” is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on people of color. Even as Ferguson, Mo., smolders after the shooting of a black teenager in a majority African-American town overseen by an almost all-white political leadership, “war” is too hyperbolic a statement. Bias, discrimination and neglect, cer... Chicago • “War” is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on people of color. Even as Ferguson, Mo., smolders after the shooting of a black teenager in a majority African-American town overseen by an almost all-white political leadership, “war” is too hyperbolic a statement. Bias, discrimination and neglect, cer... 58321543@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:18:02 MDT Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317807-82/percent-americans-whites-african.html.csp WASHINGTON • African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to now is how racially polarized the country is in its reaction to the shootin... WASHINGTON • African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to now is how racially polarized the country is in its reaction to the shootin... 58317807@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Will: Fed up with cupcake cops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317717-82/government-schools-cupcake-designed.html.csp Washington • In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity. Washington’s response to the menace of school bake sales illustrates progressivism’s ratchet: The federal government subsidizes school lunches, so it mu... Washington • In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity. Washington’s response to the menace of school bake sales illustrates progressivism’s ratchet: The federal government subsidizes school lunches, so it mu... 58317717@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT Pitts: What’s next in Ferguson? Let’s try a little education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317706-82/black-cultural-ferguson-kids.html.csp What next? That’s what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals, and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America? There will be no shortage of good ideas: dashboard cameras, community policing, the hiring of more black cops, t... What next? That’s what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals, and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America? There will be no shortage of good ideas: dashboard cameras, community policing, the hiring of more black cops, t... 58317706@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:07:01 MDT Washington Post: A budget gimmick http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317682-82/pension-smoothing-bill-tax.html.csp Fiscal irresponsibility is old hat in Washington. Nevertheless, if any bill could be described as breaking new ground in that department, it might be one President Obama signed into law this month: the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The measure provides $10.8 billion for infrastructure projects around the country, with more than half of the money supplied not by any real increase in revenue or reduction in spending but by an egregious budgetary gimmick known as “pension smoothin... Fiscal irresponsibility is old hat in Washington. Nevertheless, if any bill could be described as breaking new ground in that department, it might be one President Obama signed into law this month: the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The measure provides $10.8 billion for infrastructure projects around the country, with more than half of the money supplied not by any real increase in revenue or reduction in spending but by an egregious budgetary gimmick known as “pension smoothin... 58317682@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:03:01 MDT Bloomberg Op-ed: Keeping up with the Comcast call-center fiasco http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317661-82/comcast-call-center-customer.html.csp I’ve been intending for a while to write about the Comcast call-center fiasco, but it’s hard to keep up: the story just gets weirder and weirder. Following the now-viral recording of the telephone call in which a customer service representative essentially fought with tech journalist Ryan Block over Block’s effort to cancel his service, and disclosures by former employees that the call was hardly atypical, the website Consumerist last month published an internal Comcast memorandum urging more re... I’ve been intending for a while to write about the Comcast call-center fiasco, but it’s hard to keep up: the story just gets weirder and weirder. Following the now-viral recording of the telephone call in which a customer service representative essentially fought with tech journalist Ryan Block over Block’s effort to cancel his service, and disclosures by former employees that the call was hardly atypical, the website Consumerist last month published an internal Comcast memorandum urging more re... 58317661@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:02 MDT Gale: Time for Changes in Higher Education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293669-82/college-education-graduates-higher.html.csp Not long ago, The Economist magazine published a leader (editorial) about higher education titled “Creative Destruction.” Among other things, it said the cost of higher education skyrockets while productivity falters. A study by Oxford University says half of today’s occupations may be phased out in coming years. Another study by the Pew Research Center found that fewer than half of college graduates think their education was useful in preparing them for jobs or careers. Fifty percent said they ... Not long ago, The Economist magazine published a leader (editorial) about higher education titled “Creative Destruction.” Among other things, it said the cost of higher education skyrockets while productivity falters. A study by Oxford University says half of today’s occupations may be phased out in coming years. Another study by the Pew Research Center found that fewer than half of college graduates think their education was useful in preparing them for jobs or careers. Fifty percent said they ... 58293669@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:10:01 MDT Lowry: Free Rick Perry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313205-82/perry-lehmberg-indictment-vetoing.html.csp It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy. Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill. That Perry could, in theory, face more than 100 years in pris... It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy. Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill. That Perry could, in theory, face more than 100 years in pris... 58313205@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:40:01 MDT Bloomberg View: Mr. Google goes to Washington to tame technology monsters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313194-82/government-technology-dickerson-digital.html.csp Every president has his method of taming the leviathan of bureaucracy. Harry Truman tried vast reorganizations. Lyndon Johnson preferred cerebral task forces. Jimmy Carter tried feeding the beast, George W. Bush starving it. President Barack Obama likes to appoint “czars.” The idea is to give a smart and worthy mandarin — often from the consulting world — a small budget, an intractable problem and the mandate to fix it. About two dozen of them now roam Washington, by one count. The latest is Mik... Every president has his method of taming the leviathan of bureaucracy. Harry Truman tried vast reorganizations. Lyndon Johnson preferred cerebral task forces. Jimmy Carter tried feeding the beast, George W. Bush starving it. President Barack Obama likes to appoint “czars.” The idea is to give a smart and worthy mandarin — often from the consulting world — a small budget, an intractable problem and the mandate to fix it. About two dozen of them now roam Washington, by one count. The latest is Mik... 58313194@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:38:01 MDT Blake: Why Obama shouldn’t go to Ferguson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313181-82/obama-ferguson-monday-president.html.csp By Aaron Blake The Washington Post On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Barack Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Missouri, amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea. “When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” he said. And for now, that’s probably the right call. As with everything Ferguson, there are no easy answe... By Aaron Blake The Washington Post On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Barack Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Missouri, amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea. “When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” he said. And for now, that’s probably the right call. As with everything Ferguson, there are no easy answe... 58313181@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:34:00 MDT Keating: Could Scotland really break away from Britain? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313166-82/independence-scotland-britain-percent.html.csp By Joshua Keating Slate Washington • We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent poll has support for independence at 38 percent versus 47 percent opposed with 14 percent s... By Joshua Keating Slate Washington • We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent poll has support for independence at 38 percent versus 47 percent opposed with 14 percent s... 58313166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:31:01 MDT Rampell: Scandals hiding in plain sight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313138-82/scandals-christie-governor-perry.html.csp The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follo... The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follo... 58313138@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:23:01 MDT Op-Ed: LDS leader delivered a confusing message to graduates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58308967-82/marriage-nelson-sex-god.html.csp Last Thursday, Mormon Apostle Russell M. Nelson challenged Brigham Young University summer graduates to carry the heavy “burden of discipleship” by refusing to yield in their defense of traditional marriage. His statements communicated to graduates that their status as defenders of traditional marriage sets them apart from those who believe same-sex marriage should be legal. Nelson argued, “History is not our judge. A secular society is not our judge. God is our judge!” And he distinguished the... Last Thursday, Mormon Apostle Russell M. Nelson challenged Brigham Young University summer graduates to carry the heavy “burden of discipleship” by refusing to yield in their defense of traditional marriage. His statements communicated to graduates that their status as defenders of traditional marriage sets them apart from those who believe same-sex marriage should be legal. Nelson argued, “History is not our judge. A secular society is not our judge. God is our judge!” And he distinguished the... 58308967@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:08:20 MDT Rubin: A key ingredient for a healthy economy? Immigrants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58310155-82/immigrants-economy-immigrant-reform.html.csp By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post I’ve suggested that the border crisis paradoxically may make it easier in the long run to achieve immigration reform. If everyone agrees to get serious about border security first, other reforms may be less contentious. Indeed, a recent Fox poll shows that if given the choice between doing nothing and setting up a pathway for citizenship (not just legalization), the public favors the latter (65 to 20 percent) as do Republicans (56 to 28 percent). Given spe... By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post I’ve suggested that the border crisis paradoxically may make it easier in the long run to achieve immigration reform. If everyone agrees to get serious about border security first, other reforms may be less contentious. Indeed, a recent Fox poll shows that if given the choice between doing nothing and setting up a pathway for citizenship (not just legalization), the public favors the latter (65 to 20 percent) as do Republicans (56 to 28 percent). Given spe... 58310155@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:10:01 MDT Op-ed: Export-Import Bank crucial to Boeing’s Utah operations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293782-82/boeing-utah-aerospace-bank.html.csp In recent years, aerospace companies such as Boeing have expanded their manufacturing in Utah for a variety of reasons: a skilled and productive work force, a state government that promotes policies hospitable to business, a first-rate university system and an ability to attract and retain talent due to an exceptional quality of life. There’s another important reason for the aerospace industry’s growing presence in Utah: a strong and increasing global demand for American aerospace products that ... In recent years, aerospace companies such as Boeing have expanded their manufacturing in Utah for a variety of reasons: a skilled and productive work force, a state government that promotes policies hospitable to business, a first-rate university system and an ability to attract and retain talent due to an exceptional quality of life. There’s another important reason for the aerospace industry’s growing presence in Utah: a strong and increasing global demand for American aerospace products that ... 58293782@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:31:01 MDT