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  1. Affirmative action banned? Well, not quite

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 11:03 PM

    "Supreme Court rules against affirmative action." That is likely to be a common shorthand description of Tuesday's decision upholding the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on the use of racial preferences in admission to state universities. But it's misleading.

    The 6-2 decision leaves undisturbed previous rulings in which the justices said that state universities may take race into account in admissions policies without violating the U.S. Constitution. But the court now has made it clear that although such preferences are permissible, voters may opt to prohibit them. That obviously creates an additional hurdle for those who believe -- as this page does -- that public institutions such as the University of Michigan or UC Berkeley should...

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: Can America lose its soul over a game? Yes

    Every once in a while, something grabs your attention and makes you shake your head. "Is nothing sacred?" No, nothing at all. Just take Monopoly, a 111-year-old board game that balances the tedium of real estate deals with the giddy joy...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Drone use is going to raise privacy issues

    It's simple to explain Google's and Facebook's sudden, intense interest in drone technology: An estimated 65 percent of the world's population today lacks Internet access, and flying robots probably can connect those 4.5 billion potential...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Debate over ethics of stem cells continues

    Controversies over stem-cell research are so last decade -- or so it seemed until last week. For the last few years, the promising field of stem-cell research has focused on a technique that skirts various ethical concerns about the...

  5. DANA MILBANK: Some fun for the GOP: a secession tournament

    March's NCAA playoffs are behind us but the madness continues. From Wisconsin, cradle of the Progressive movement, comes news that the state Republican Party -- the party of La Follette! -- has advanced a pro-secession agenda. The party...

  6. ESTHER CEPEDA: Questioning levels of parental involvement

    There will always be bad schools. And the same can be said for underperforming students. Why? Because there will always be bad, misinformed or clueless parents. Not just the ones who abuse their children, keep loaded guns around the...

  7. JAMELLE BOUIE: Dynasties are nothing new

    This week Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, and immediately political reporters began to complain about the "Clinton dynasty." "Can you say dynasty?" wrote the staff of the Week magazine. Those words were echoed quickly by the...

  8. JOHN DICKERSON: Barack Obama and the audacity of cynicism

    How do I get you to pay attention to this story? I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth...

  9. CYNTHIA ALLEN: Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

    In my early 20s, I suffered from an affliction I suspect is common among people that age: I felt great uncertainty about the world, what I believed and how I would ever understand it all. I was finishing up my bachelor's degree, cramming...

  10. DANA MILBANK: Taking a contrary view on the Pulitzers

    On Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency. On Wednesday, Post...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Choice to lead HHS is eminently qualified

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell is eminently qualified to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service. So, naturally, Republicans are lining up to voice opposition to her nomination. A graduate of...

  12. GREG SARGENT: A battle over 'personhood' is ahead of us

    Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over "personhood." A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: This is a tax break that is worth saving

    With lawmakers showing little enthusiasm for an ambitious proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., to overhaul the byzantine U.S. tax code, Congress has to decide what to do about dozens of temporary tax...

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