Phi Beta Cons

Racial-Preference-Disclosure Amendment Offered in House

For some time now, fellow NRO contributor Peter Kirsanow and I have been urging more sunshine–more disclosure–regarding the use of racial and ethnic admission preferences by universities. The case for such preferences is weak enough, but what could be the possible excuse for secret racial preferences, funded by taxpayer dollars? In the debate being held today in the House over a general higher-education bill, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has offered an amendment that would simply require schools that get federal money to disclose whether they use such preferences and, if so, to document how they meet the various

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The Warmonger Canard

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