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Debra Brown | Friday August 4th 2017

In the news this week By Team ATPB

With the state of current affairs in the US and around the world, we’re staying up to date on as much news as we can. Like many of you, we devour everything that is published on the Trump administration in an effort to keep informed about its horrible policies and so that we can share them with everyone we know (read about them every month in Nia’s “F*ck Donald Trump” series). Here’s a list of the articles and headlines about Trump and beyond that caught our attention this weekend. Check back every Monday and Friday for weekly updates. And, please share any articles that catch your attention, because sharing information is one of the most important things you can do at this moment.

 

Julie Mehretu, a MacArthur Foundation “genius,” is executing a monumental new commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Ms. Mehretu won a MacArthur Foundation“genius” award at the young age of 34 for her sprawling abstract paintings that reflect the velocity and fragmentation of contemporary life. With her auction record of $4.6 million and transcontinental biography — born in Ethiopia and raised in Michigan — she is one of the top-selling living female artists. Ms. Mehretu turned to 19th-century paintings by Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, layered with recent photos of civil unrest in cities including Ferguson and Baltimore.

 

Donald Trump Backs GOP Plan to Slash Legal Immigration by half

President Donald Trump has embraced legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration and shift the nation toward a system that prioritizes merit and skills over family ties. Overall, immigration would be slashed 41 percent in the legislation’s first year and 50 percent in its 10th, according to projection models cited by the bill’s sponsors. The bill would also aim to slash the number of refugees in half and eliminate a program that provides visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration.

 

Harvard’s Incoming Class Is Majority Nonwhite For the First Time in the university’s 380 years.

The Boston Globe reports that 50.8% of the incoming freshmen class are from minority groups, up from last year’s 47.3%. Of the students admitted from minority groups, 22.2% are Asians, 14.6% are African American, 11.6% are Latino and 2.5% are Native American or Pacific Islander.

 

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions.

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

 

New Yorker releases audio of Scaramucci interview.

The New Yorker on Thursday released portions of the controversial interview between its Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci was removed from his new post after reports of the interview.

Photo Courtesy of Jason Schmidt

 

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