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Two major decisions today from the US Supreme Court -- A 4 to 4 deadlock effectively ended President Obama’s sweeping immigration plan to prevent the deportation of parents of citizens and lawful permanent residents. And today the court upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas, Austin.

Also, Venezuelans can’t afford to eat -- Chronic food shortages and a failing economy have prompted rioting, ransacking and mass looting there in past weeks. Could the world’s most oil-rich nation fail?

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Supreme Court Finds Race-Conscious College Admissions Constitutional 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Let’s start with immigration and the United States versus Texas -- this deadlock is a blow to the President’s “DAPA program”… Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

Here to talk about it is Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

Supreme Court Deadlock Ends Obama’s Immigration Plan to Prevent Deportation 15 MIN, 57 SEC

A deadlocked Supreme Court affirmed the appeal which blocks President Obama’s sweeping immigration plan. The program would have deferred deportation for as many as 5 million immigrants. This effectively ends what the President had hoped would be an enduring legacy of his administration.

Guests:
Marielena Hincapié, National Immigration Law Center (@MarielenaNILC)
Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law / Cato Institute (@JoshMBlackman)

Chronic Food Shortages Prompt Riots in Venezuela 27 MIN, 27 SEC

Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis has spilled over into chaos in recent weeks. Hungry protestors have been rioting, ransacking and looting stores and restaurants, leaving scores of businesses in shambles and at least five people dead. The government has declared a state of emergency, and basic necessities are being rationed. How did a relatively recently prosperous country which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves come to this -- the world’s worst rate of inflation and nearly 90% of its population unable to afford to eat?

Guests:
Nicholas Casey, New York Times (@caseysjournal)
Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez, Northwestern University / Foreign Policy magazine (@DLansberg)
Juan Cristobal Nagel, Caracas Chronicles (@juannagel)
Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue

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