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Harvard fight could redirect 40 years of affirmative action

August 7, 2017
Joan Biskupic | CNN
The Justice Department this week signaled it would pursue Asian-American students' complaints of bias in admissions at Harvard University, a move that could ultimately alter the future of affirmative action nationwide.
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Session’s move to take on affirmative action energizes Trump’s base

August 3, 2017
Robert Costa, Sari Horwitz | The Washington Post
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s internal announcement indicating that the Justice Department is seeking to curb affirmative action in a university admissions case has roused President Trump’s conservative base by seizing on a longtime grievance of the right at a moment when the administration is struggling to fulfill core Republican promises.
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Transgender Wisconsin Student Can Use Boys’ Bathroom, Federal Court Says

May 31, 2017
Pete Williams | NBC
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a transgender Wisconsin high school senior who identifies as male can use the boys' bathroom.
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Trump Takes Aim at School Lunch Guidelines and a Girls’ Education Program

May 2, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Erica L. Green | The New York Times
The Trump administration took aim Monday at two signature programs of the former first lady Michelle Obama, rolling back her efforts to promote healthy school lunches nationwide and potentially rebranding her program to educate adolescent girls abroad.
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Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students

February 23, 2017
Jeremy W. Peters, Jo Becker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
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Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie

February 8, 2017
Emmarie Huetteman , Yamiche Alcindor | The New York Times
Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as education secretary on Tuesday, but only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.
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Dems focus fire on DeVos, vulnerable Trump picks

February 7, 2017
Tom LoBianco, Ted Barrett, Manu Raju | CNN
Democrats are mounting a 24-hour blitz to try and sink at least one nomination from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
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