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The New York Times, June 30, 2018
Kennedy’s Retirement Could Threaten Efforts to End Partisan Gerrymandering
In 2015, the Supreme Court rejected a claim by Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature that the Constitution gave it sole authority over redistricting, and that a ballot initiative that shifted the task to a nonpartisan citizens commission was illegal. … Chief Justice Roberts wrote the dissent for the court’s conservative wing. “That case really got Justice Roberts exercised,” said Richard L. Hasen, a law professor and election-law expert at the University of California-Irvine. “It was one of the more forceful dissents he has written.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2018
You Graduated Cum Laude? So Did Everyone Else
Academic researchers say that uptick is a sign of grade inflation, not of smarter students. “Moving the whole bar upward creates a problem where people learn they can do very little and get a grade-point average that looks very respectable,” said Richard Arum, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Education. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2018
The Supreme Court puts religion-based dishonesty above the health and welfare of vulnerable pregnant women
“The court thinks this law is an attempt to trample the 1st Amendment by targeting crisis pregnancy centers,” said Michele Bratcher Goodwin, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the UC Irvine School of Law. “But if the court was ideologically positioned to actually take seriously the health, values and concerns of women, it might have read differently what this state has done.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange Coast Magazine, July 2, 2018
O.C.’s Don’t Miss Events in July
“The Winter’s Tale” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Previews begin July 6. The New Swan Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 2018 season with two of the Bard’s plays— one a romance and the other a comedy—in the intimate outdoor theater that the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School for the Arts assembles and disassembles every summer for this event.

New Books Network, June 29, 2018
China in the 21st Century, What Everyone Needs to Know
“Knowing about China,” [UCI alumna] Maura Elizabeth Cunningham and [UCI Chancellor’s Professor & Chair] Jeffrey Wasserstrom note in the preface to China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know … is today “an essential part of being an engaged citizen” … and this is a difficult statement to disagree with. Yet as the authors also acknowledge, explaining ‘what everyone needs to know’ about the country is a daunting proposition, particularly at this highly unpredictable point in world history.

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