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Sep202018

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Affirmative action, Asian Americans?: "They Left China to Chase the American Dream. Now They're Fighting Affirmative Action"; also, "Justice Department sides with Asian Americans suing Harvard over admissions policy"; "Harvard Discrimination Lawsuit Wins Justice Department Support" ....

***Affirmative action, Asian Americans?

* New York Times:  "They Left China to Chase the American Dream. Now They're Fighting Affirmative Action"  - From the NYT:

IRVINE, Calif. — George Li grew up in a Chinese society that he felt did not offer a fair shake. The government of Mao Zedong deemed his family capitalists and imprisoned his father. So when Mr. Li moved to California in 1999, he felt he had found his American dream. He worked hard and earned his rewards: a master’s degree, then a job that allowed him to live comfortably with his wife and two children.

But four years ago, he became alarmed when a co-worker told him about a state measure that would allow California’s public universities to use affirmative action in their admissions. Fearing that this would hurt his children’s educational chances, Mr. Li for the first time in his life became politically active . . . . . . . .

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Mr. Li, 49, is among an increasingly vocal group of Chinese-Americans who were once politically dormant but have been galvanized by the fight over race-based school admissions. From Irvine to Houston to the Washington suburbs, Chinese activist groups like The Orange Club are beginning to capture the attention of lawmakers and influence policy debates. Much of their political activity can be found on the Chinese social media network WeChat, where the activists share articles and spread their message. And they have a clear litmus test for any politician seeking their support: opposition to affirmative action.

Their numbers are small compared with the overall population of China-born immigrants, which has exploded over recent decades, from about 472,000 in 1980 to more than 2.8 million in 2016, according to Andrew Beveridge, a professor at Queens College, based on census data. But a number of recent fights over education have highlighted their growing political clout .....................

***ALSO:

* Bloomberg:  "Harvard Discrimination Lawsuit Wins Justice Department Support"

* CNN:  "Justice Department sides with Asian-Americans suing Harvard over admissions policy"

Thursday
Sep202018

MISCELLANEOUS Costco food fight, physical fight over free cheese samples: "Old men fight over free samples at Costco"; "Senior citizens at South Carolina Costco get into physical fight over free samples"; "Two men in their 70's get into physical fight over Costco samples, police say" ....  

***Costco food fight, physical fight over free cheese samples....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Old men fight over free samples at Costco"

* Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  "Two men in their 70's get into physical fight over Costco samples, police say"

* Fox News:  "Senior citizens at South Carolina Costco get into physical fight over free samples"

Thursday
Sep202018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy: "Top Trump fundraiser became 'increasingly violent' during affair, ex-Playboy playmate alleges"; "Playmate's Suit Bares Details About Affairs With GOP Donor"; "Ex-Playboy playmate Shera Bechard says top Trump fundraiser forced her to have abortion" ....

Thursday
Sep202018

INTERNATIONAL (Poland): President Donald Trump, Poland?: "Poland used to be okay with Trump. Then, he posted a photo."

***President Donald Trump, Poland?

* Washington Post (Rick Noack):  "Poland used to be okay with Trump. Then, he posted a photo." - From the WP:

BERLIN — Poland is one of the few European countries where President Trump is still not only welcome but indeed sought after. When Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the White House on Tuesday, he repeatedly praised the president and even floated the idea of naming a possible future U.S. military base in his country Fort Trump.

The Polish government did everything it could to turn Tuesday’s visit into one of Trump’s more enjoyable moments. Yet, somehow, Trump managed to offend the Poles so deeply that the fallout was all over Polish news sites on Wednesday morning.

What happened? At the end of their meeting, the two leaders agreed to sign a strategic partnership pact to boost defense, energy, trade and security ties. But what could have been a peaceful moment for both presidents immediately took an awkward turn .....................

Thursday
Sep202018

POLITICS (National) Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "Eric Trump accused of anti-Semitism after 'shekels' remark"; "Trump asked to have Braille removed from elevators in early 1990's, executive says"; "Devin Nunes claims Russia is financing environmentalism"; also, "Trump eviscerates Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'" ....