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The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear suits alleging that race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina are discriminatory against Asian-American students.
The case takes aim at decades-old affirmative action policies designed to increase African-American enrollment in higher education and promote a more diverse student body.
The nation's highest court has previously upheld the policies, as recently as 2016. But six of the nine current justices are now conservative-leaning, including three nominated by former president Donald Trump.
A US District Court judge rejected claims in January 2019 that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants.
The case was filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a group led by conservative white activist Edward Blum, who previously attacked the affirmative action policies at the University of Texas.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that Harvard had used personality criteria to favor Black, Hispanic and white applicants over Asian students with similar grades.
They argued that if admissions were based just on grades then more Asian students would be admitted to Harvard, a prestigious Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Harvard denied discriminating against Asians but defended its use of broader selection criteria than academic excellence, such as personality, when considering who to admit.
Federal Judge Allison Dale Burroughs said that while Harvard's admissions process is not perfect, it was right -- for now -- to factor in race to form a diverse student body.
"The rich diversity at Harvard and other colleges and universities and the benefits that flow from that diversity will foster the tolerance, acceptance and understanding that will ultimately make race-conscious admissions obsolete," the judge said.
Students for Fair Admissions challenged the ruling in the Harvard case, which was upheld on appeal, and also brought suit against the University of North Carolina.
Lower courts have also sided with North Carolina, a highly selective public university which did not admit African-American students until the 1950s.
The Supreme Court agreed to consolidate the Harvard and North Carolina cases and will likely hear oral arguments this fall.
The Trump administration backed the challenge to Harvard's use of race in determining admissions, but the Justice Department under Democratic President Joe Biden has sided with the universities.
The affirmative action suit is the latest high-profile case to come before the court, which has already agreed to address gun rights, abortion and Covid-19 vaccination mandates.
According to a report from Punchbowl News, four years of Donald Trump as president -- and his two impeachments -- has created a rift between Republicans in Congress who have criticized the former president and the state parties that helped send them to Washington, D.C.
Beyond the high-profile wars between Trump and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) are squabbles between a handful of other lawmakers that have led to censures or votes of condemnation by either their respective state party or local Republican groups.
As Punchbowl reports, five percent of sitting members of the Senate have been censured at home, with only Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's censure being unrelated to Trump's impeachment.
According to the report, "It’s become commonplace in the 117th Congress for lawmakers to be formally rebuked by their state, local or county parties," adding, "The vast majority of the censured lawmakers are Republicans, of course. These Republicans voted for the impeachment or conviction of former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters."
"In the Senate alone, Sinema joins Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the 'censured by their state party' column after they voted to convict Trump last year following his Senate trial. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) avoided that title, although they were criticized back home," Punchbowl reports.
GOP members of the Senate are not the only ones in Congress who are battling with the folks back home who once championed their campaigns --which could have an impact on the midterm election.
According to the report, "On the House side, GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Tom Rice (S.C.) were censured by their state parties (and some county party organizations) following their votes for Trump’s impeachment. Cheney, of course, was later forced out of the House GOP leadership when she kept bashing Trump. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was censured by several county parties but not the Illinois GOP
In Michigan, the state Republican Party didn’t censure Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, but several county GOP parties did. Upton has actually been censured more than once by the Cass County GOP," adding that Washington state GOP lawmakers Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler were both "condemned" by the state part with calls for Newhouse to resign.
The report notes that Ohio GOP went even further by censuring home-state Rep. Anthony Gonzalez -- who has chosen to not run for re-election -- along with the nine other GOP House members from other states who voted for Trump's impeachment.
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Trump spokesperson cites anti-vax rant from football star Aaron Rodgers as proof election was stolen
Former President Donald Trump's chief spokesperson on Monday cited football star Aaron Rodgers as proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
While speaking to conservative podcaster Steve Bannon, Liz Harrington noted that Rodgers had expressed doubts about the election in an interview with ESPN.
"When the president of the United States says, 'This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' it's because him and his constituents, which, I don't know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking, but I guess he got 81 million votes," Rodgers said recently.
Harrington seemed giddy about the remarks.
"There's not a lot of good news," she said. "We see what happens after one year of an illegitimate regime in place. The only good news is the American people know it. I mean, you had four years of them saying the 2016 election was stolen by Russia and you never had quarterbacks questioning President Trump's legitimacy."
"You've got Aaron Rodgers just flat-out calling it out and saying, 81 million votes, yeah, I guess, but it doesn't certainly look like it," she added. "And so what we feel is we keep getting the word out. I mean, the numbers speak for themselves, which the [poll] numbers are inflated for Joe Biden just like they were in the 2020 election."
Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.
Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington cited football star Aaron Rodgers as proof the election was stolen.