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Trump's DOJ Threatens To Sue Harvard Over Affirmative Action Policies

The Justice Department cited a 2015 lawsuit alleging the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

Texas Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Nude Photo Surfaces Online

"I am sorry I did not use better judgment... I am sorry that I let my constituents down."

The University System Has Been Underhanded in Their Handling of Chancellor Problems

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald) Earlier this year I broke a story about a 2016 staff survey which accused North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott of using inappropriate language as well as engaging in gender bias and inappropriate behavior. Show More Summary

"The department head... said there might have been alternative explanations for the professor’s behavior including 'maybe he just needs his eyeglasses adjusted'..."

"... (to explain the breast staring), 'he might be on the autism spectrum,' 'he might just be socially awkward like Albert Einstein was' and 'do you think maybe you’re more sensitive than other people?'"From "UW-Madison dean acknowledges...Show More Summary

Is a Minnesota US Representative Due for Defeat at the Ballot Box?

There have been only three stretches during which no Gopher State U.S. House member was defeated over the last 135 years.

"Brolliology" — the book about umbrellas.

Reviewed here, in The Washington Post:A typical chapter skims the metaphysical and the dialectical, with the umbrella described variously as creating a “portable room,” as a “private sky” and “a hat with a handle.” Its combination of...Show More Summary

Federal judge blocks Texas ban of common abortion procedure

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Texas law seeking to ban a commonly used abortion method, the latest in a string of court defeats to the Legislature's attempts … Click to Continue »

'Putin's favorite congressman' received a Kremlin code name

When the Kremlin gives a Republican member of Congress a code name, perceiving him as an intelligence source, that's not a good sign.

APNewsBreak: Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor worth cost

Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they've gotten for their money, especially after … Click to Continue »

Despite the risks, Murkowski backs ACA mandate repeal

Health care advocates have started to see Lisa Murkowski as an important ally. That may have been a mistake.

Zimbabwe's incoming leader returns home to cheers

Poised to become Zimbabwe's next president, a former confidant of ousted leader Robert Mugabe on Wednesday promised "a new, unfolding democracy" and reached out to the world, saying international help … Click to Continue »

PHOTOS: Meet Malia’s New College Boyfriend After She’s Caught MAKING OUT With Him While Smoking A Cigarette

Malia Obama has a new boyfriend and evidently he’s quite a catch. This is the guy she was passionately smooching on at the Harvard tailgate party. His name is Rory

Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 11.21.17

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

The Latest: Democrat's ad spotlights Moore's accusers

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local): 6 p.m. The Democrat in Alabama's Senate race is spotlighting Republican Roy Moore's accusers … Click to Continue »

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