Category Archives: public policy

Claims of anti-Asian discrimination at Harvard reveal a long, complicated fight over affirmative action

By Caitlin Dickson Students celebrate receiving their degrees at Harvard commencement in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard. … Does one of the nation’s most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda? Those were the questions prompted by a federal complaint filed last week with the Departments of Justice and Education by more than 60 Asian-American organizations who say Harvard University uses racial quotas and other illegal practices to discriminate against Asian-American applicants. Continue reading

Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

By Heide Brandes and Yeganeh Torbati By Heide Brandes and Yeganeh Torbati OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalised, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil and gas drilling and a dramatic spike in earthquakes across the central state Continue reading

Takata doubling U.S. recall for defective air bags to 34 mln vehicles

By David Morgan and Ben Klayman By David Morgan and Ben Klayman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall involves passenger and driver-side air bag inflators in vehicles made by 11 automakers, the U.S Continue reading

Texas police seek gang truce, end of bloodshed after deadly brawl

By Lisa Maria Garza By Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) – Texas police asked rival motorcycle gangs on Tuesday to put aside their differences after a weekend brawl at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured, calling for a halt to the carnage and threats of revenge attacks. “There has been enough tragedy and there has been enough bloodshed in Waco, Texas. Continue reading

Mark Everson ran the IRS. Now he wants to be president.

Republican presidential candidate Mark Everson poses before a reception at the home of fitness author Mark Sisson in Malibu, Calif. (Photo: Sven Doornkaat/Zuma Press for Yahoo News) There comes a moment in the career of many government bureaucrats when they sit across the table from a high-ranking elected official — the president, even—and think, You know, I’m just as smart as these guys Continue reading

What Marco Rubio’s stumble on immigration says about his ability to lead

Rubio wasn’t referencing his decision to back away from immigration reform — but he might as well have been. “[Coca-Cola] learned from their mistake, and they did not double down,” he continued Continue reading

Indiana officials hopeful HIV outbreak may be subsiding

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After months of mounting HIV cases, a rural county that’s facing Indiana’s worst-ever HIV outbreak is seeing a dwindling number of new infections, possibly signaling that the outbreak is winding down, a state health official said Thursday. Continue reading

Brown lawns loom this summer in California

By AMY TAXIN and FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — It was with more hope than accuracy that the founder of this Orange County city picked the name Garden Grove in 1874 for what was little more than an open plain under the Southern California sun Continue reading

Clinton to call for ‘full and equal path to citizenship’

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda Tuesday in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign Continue reading

Mental Health Advocates Push for Cultural Understanding

Studies have revealed that coverage for treatment of mental illness often does not match that provided for other medical conditions, causing advocates to pressure Capitol Hill to enforce laws and pass new ones to reduce disparities in care. Continue reading