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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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affirmative action

Jul 15, 2014 — In a case sent back by the Supreme Court last year, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the university's use of race as a factor in admissions is acceptable. Plaintiffs have vowed to appeal.
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Apr 22, 2014 — In a 6-2 decision, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside as discriminatory the state's voter-approved ban on race-conscious college admissions.
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Jun 24, 2013 — Thomas sided with the majority but argues that state-sanctioned racial discrimination is "automatically fatal." In his view, the court should have taken broader action to prohibit the use of race in college admissions.
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Jun 24, 2013 — In a 7-1 decision, the justices ruled a lower court had not applied the right standards when it upheld a University of Texas program. It said that court needs to put the Texas program through "strict scrutiny," and had not done that.
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Jun 24, 2013 — The court's term is set to end this week. But the justices still haven't issued rulings on cases involving same-sex marriage and voting rights.
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Jun 20, 2013 — With little time left on the 2012 term, cases on affirmative action, gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act are still outstanding. The court could rule on any of these as early as today.
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Feb 27, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the future of affirmative action, and the opinion page looks at single parenting. In the second hour, the author of Am I My Genes?, and what could work for Somalia.
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Feb 21, 2012 — A Texas state university admissions policy has been challenged. The Obama administration favors the program. The president's potential Republican opponents do not. So watch for much discussion.
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