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.
A new report reveals that Russian officials were systematically doping over 1,000 athletes for the Olympic Games; the latest on the impeachment of South Korea’s president; 30 years later, we revisit CA’s warning labels – do they actually make a difference?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review ‘La La Land,’ ‘Office Christmas Party’ and other recent movie releases. TGI-FilmWeek!
A new bill calls for attacks against law enforcement to be under the purview of California's hate crime statute; the Los Angeles city attorney's office is expected to file suit against Macy's, Sears, Kohl's and J.C. Penney for false reference pricing in their marketing strategies; Mark Shriver's intimate portrayal of Pope Francis in his latest book; and more.
After President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about the cost of Air Force One, Boeing's stock went down as much as 1 percent - we take a look at how journalists and news outlets should report on the future president's Twitter platform; the Pentagon killed an internal report that found $125 billion in administrative waste; bursting through Facebook bubbles in a heated and contentious election cycle; and more.
Intense debates have sparked among the 538 members of the Electoral College, who are set to cast their votes on December 19 - are they bound to support their state's candidate, or should they be free to vote their conscience?; Amazon launches a new market shopping experience without cash registers or lines; and we take a look at how counterterrorism efforts continue to impact personal privacy and tech concerns one year after the San Bernardino shooting.
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