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Should colleges be allowed to use race to help decide whether to admit or reject prospective students? The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on affirmative action today.

Meanwhile, California banned the practice in public universities 20 years ago. What effect has it had?

Then, a look at how jihadist groups like ISIS use social media to recruit followers.

Next, we examine the murky world of drone warfare.

And finally, L.A.’s new Petersen Automotive Museum is causing quite a stir with its daring design.

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SCOTUS Considers Affirmative Action 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Should colleges be allowed to use race to help decide whether to admit or reject prospective students? The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that many believe could kill affirmative action at public colleges. Abigail Fisher is arguing that the University of Texas rejected her seven years ago because she’s white. University officials say she was unqualified.

If the court agrees with Fisher, the ruling could have a huge impact on minority enrollment in colleges across the country. What’s at stake?

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

Affirmative Action in California 6 MIN, 39 SEC

California voters banned affirmative action in public university admissions in 1996 when Prop 209 passed. How has it played out at California schools?

Tyrone Howard, University of California, Los Angeles (@tyronechoward)

ISIS on Twitter 7 MIN, 56 SEC

In the wake of the terror attack in San Bernardino, a familiar story has emerged. Two young Muslims living in the West became radicalized and began to identify with groups like ISIS. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik’s journey, like many others, was in some part fueled by interactions they had on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube — the communication tools of the modern age that we’ve all come to rely on — are also the tools terror groups like ISIS use to spread their message and recruit new followers. What can we do about it?

Humera Khan, Muflehun (@khanserai)

Drone Warfare 14 MIN, 29 SEC

President Obama laid out his strategy for defeating ISIS this week. And it included talk of airstrikes. In November, one of those strikes killed the ISIS spokesman known as Jihadi John, a British man who beheaded American captives on camera. That airstrike was actually carried out by an unmanned drone. Drones are increasingly the tool of choice for many countries involved in armed conflict, and countries looking to spy on one another. But there is no single set of international rules that govern the use of drones by nations. How has the lack of rules affected things on the ground?

MQ-9 Reaper, a hunter-killer surveillance UAV
Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/USAF Photographic Archives

Ben FitzGerald, Center for a New American Security (@benatworkdc)
Paul Scharre, Center for a New American Security (@paul_scharre)

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The Petersen Automotive Museum 9 MIN, 20 SEC

When Disney Hall opened in 2003, it was hailed as “flamboyant,” “sublime,” and “exquisite.” The new makeover of the Petersen Automotive Museum at Fairfax and Wilshire has its fans, too. But this week’s grand reopening has also been greeted with zingers like “insane,” “tasteless” and “a different kind of hideous.” The wavy silver and red exterior seems to be a love-it-or-hate it kind of thing, maybe more at home on the Vegas strip than mid-Wilshire. But it’s certainly created a lively conversation about architecture in LA. We get the latest.

Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

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