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From the Vault: The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

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Ten years ago the Supreme Court struck down the points system for University of Michigan undergraduate admissions, but upheld consideration of race in admitting Michigan Law School students. This month, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that challenges the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions criteria. On June 27, 2003 Washington Week discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that declares race can be a factor in college admissions and how now retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the key swing vote.

Court May Limit Use of Race in College Admission Decisions

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Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court set the terms for boosting college admissions of African Americans and other minorities, the court may be about to issue a ruling that could restrict universities' use of race in deciding who is awarded places.

Obama courts the votes of a less-engaged youth

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Annie Hartnett was not old enough to vote in 2008 when she volunteered for the Obama campaign at the University of Iowa, where an older sister was a student. Now 21 and a leader of the Iowa State University Democrats, she said she was as excited as she was four years ago to be working for President Obama — yet she struggled to describe something that is missing.

Two Parties Find a Way to Agree, and Disagree, on Student Loan Rates

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As President Obama wrapped up a barnstorming tour of college campuses in swing states on Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans agreed that they wanted to avoid a steep increase in the student loan interest rate this summer. But the chief issue remained unsettled: how to pay the cost of doing so.

Warmth of Campus Spotlight Beckons Obama Back

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The arenas are rocking, the students are whooping and President Obama is feeling the love. “I love you back, I really do!” he calls out to thousands of young people packed to the rafters. When one shouts, “We believe in you!” he yells back, “I believe in you!” When he emphasizes a point, he calls out, “Can I get an amen?” For a president facing a tough re-election and a stubborn economy, there is no better amen corner, no more invigorating audience, than on campus.