The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on Michigan’s law banning race-based university admissions . In past affirmative action cases the Court has stopped short of outlawing affirmative action. Michigan and five other states including California have laws outlawing the use of racial preferences in college admissions. The Michigan law was modeled after California’s Prop 209.
It’s day 15 of the federal shutdown in D.C. and lawmakers are still duking it out over proposals to reopen the government by Thursday’s deadline. It’s still anyone’s guess when Republicans and Democrats will strike a deal – but one thing is clear – Congress is more divided than ever. But a new national survey found that American voters may not be as politically polarized as their representatives.
Advanced placement classes are no longer just nice to have on your high school transcript they are a must have for competitive college applications. In an effort to give more students an opportunity many schools are getting rid of some of the barriers to getting into AP classes. Some critics say it will dilute the standard and content of AP classes.Others say that it gives students who would otherwise not be encouraged a chance to take part in the advanced classes.
How do you follow up with a book titled, “Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?” How about by looking at all manners of sexual perversions. In “Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us,” author Jesse Bering has delved into the world of kink, pecadillos, and odd forms of turn-ons to examine the morality of sexual deviance, with the ultimate goal of getting us to stop asking what is “normal” or “natural,” but instead to look at outlying sexual desires in terms of which ones are harmful.
President Obama has secured enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal. Also, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is now refusing to issue marriage licenses entirely, to avoid having to issue one to a gay or lesbian couple. Then, without solitary confinement, how will California prisons control gang members?
Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive women who've had abortions. Also, in his first bid for the U.S. presidency, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won eight states and the Iowa Caucuses. How is Huckabee’s campaign different this time around? Then, 18-year-old Michelle Carter is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly convincing her former boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself last summer.
On the day that LAPD lapel cameras make their debut, we talk about the ratcheting-up of tensions between cops and activists. Also, the AP is bringing legal action against the FBI after a sting operation that involved impersonating an AP journalist and creating a false AP news story as part of a sting operation. Then, how has the tone of immigration debate changed over the decades? All that and more, on today's AirTalk.
On Monday, the LAPD rolls out the first batch of its brand new officer body cameras. Also, rents here are the most unaffordable in the nation and there are tens of thousands of homeless. There is a program out there that’s supposed to help people who can’t afford homes - Section 8. Then, for us mere mortals, there are four seasons in the year. For Hollywood, there’s a fifth -- Awards Season.
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