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Today the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively blocking it. Two years ago, Obama took executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. That was challenged in court by Texas and about two dozen other states. Today’s tie means that a lower court ruling siding with the states still stands. What does all this mean for some 5 million undocumented immigrants who would’ve been affected by Obama’s order?
In another case out of Texas, the Supreme Court today upheld affirmative action. The justices found that limited use of “race-conscious admission” does not violate the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Here in California, not much will change. Voters banned affirmative action in California 20 years ago. It was the nation’s first ban on affirmative action at public universities. UCLA, however, has tried to find ways around that ban. What are they?
Democratic members of the House held a sit-in this week to demand gun control legislation. The the whole thing was broadcast live, but not on C-SPAN; rather on social media sites like Facebook and Periscope. We talk about that and more news of the web in our weekly Internet news roundup.
In the last couple of years, a head-scratching headline has popped up from time to time: Can an animal be a person? That question is the subject of a new documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. “Unlocking the Cage” follows attorney Steven Wise as he tries to get the courts to acknowledge that an ape is a person - not in the biological sense, but in the legal sense - giving them certain rights, the way corporations have rights.
Yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday announced a new hockey team for Las Vegas. They’ll start playing in 2017. This is the first major league professional sports team of any kind to set up in Vegas. Why has it taken so long?
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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California case: free speech v. abortion rights Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is arguing that the law violates their freedom of speech.
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