What Happened at Slate This Week?

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FSU Finally Punishes Jameis Winston. For Shoplifting Crab Legs.

If I ran Florida State University, I’d be seriously pissed at star quarterback Jameis Winston. The university appears to have done everything it possibly could to keep Winston out of trouble for a rape allegation, which a fellow student made against him in December 2012. But Winston doesn’t know how to lead a charmed life. He was cited Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from Publix. And now FSU has finally taken action against him: by suspending him from the baseball team. (Don’t ask me how a Heisman-winning QB can also be a pitcher with a 1.50 ERA—Winston must be just one hell of an athlete.)


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Washington Takes on College Rape

It’s been a year or more of mounting anger and activism about college sexual assault, as awful stories of investigations botched and mishandled have emerged, and students have filed complaint after complaint against their universities. Gratifyingly, Washington is taking notice. The White House came out today with beneficial, if modest, recommendations for strengthening the laws that are supposed to protect students. And Congress may actually enact them, as Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand shift some of their focus on sexual assault in the military to sexual assault on campus.


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Power of the Pardon

Is President Obama really planning a mass pardon for hundreds or even a few thousand drug offenders? The administration floated that idea on Monday in an article on Yahoo News. On Tuesday, Obama finally removed from office the U.S. pardon attorney who has served since 2008 despite sharp criticism for years that he’s mishandled his job. And on Wednesday Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole laid out new criteria for the clemency applications of nonviolent offenders.  


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The "Can You Say President Rick Perry?" Gabfest

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