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.
Larry sits down with former LAPD Police Chief and current NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to get his take on the state of policing. Also, Amnesty International will meet next week in Dublin to debate a proposal to decriminalize prostitution. Then, Artistic Director Cameron Bailey is in Los Angeles this week to help Film Independent kick off a series on Canadian films at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
As 14 large wildfires burn in California and the drought continues, two California members of Congress are working respectively to help the state combat both. Also, a study shows same-sex couples might be more effective when it comes to divvying up the chores. Then, as the nation marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week we look at the latest tech helping those with disabilities.
With republican candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Donald Trump set to debate on Fox News next week, are national polls the best way to determine which candidates debate? Also, the Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to ban firearm magazines with a capacity of more than 10 bullets. Then, author Marc Lewis argues that addiction is not a disease and why the disease model prevents healing.
Now that Boston is out of the picture, could L.A. beat out the likes of Rome, Paris and Hamburg for the 2024 Olympics? Also, tech giants are pushing back against a federal funding bill that would require the companies to report suspicious activity on their networks that could be terrorist-related. Then, an incident at an Atlanta Braves game has sparked a conversation on whether it is ethical to out unfaithful men and women.
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