Aug 2, 2017

Internal WH memo suggests project against affirmative action

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An internal memo from the White House, obtained by NYT, suggests the Department of Justice is launching a new project to investigate potential discrimination against white students via affirmative action policies, the Times notes.

  • The document outlines the DOJ project regarding "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions."
  • Critics of affirmative action say that the policies give minority students an unfair advantage over white students who have similar or sometimes higher test scores.
  • Lawyers interested in helping with this project were asked to submit their resumes by Aug. 9, per the memo, which means the project could start up as the next school year is beginning.

Go deeper: How minority students fare in states that banned affirmative action, from FiveThirtyEight.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.