The fate of affirmative action (2024)

Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY

·6 min read

The Supreme Court took up arguments that could affect how colleges use race in admissions. Did your Instagram account violate community guidelines today? Probably not. And acoveted chunk of property is for sale in Florida –but there's a catch. It's *checks notes* ...yes,underwater.

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SCOTUS debatesrace-conscious college admissions

In one of the most controversial cases before the court this year, the Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled deep skepticism Monday over the use of race-conscious admissions at American colleges.During nearly five hours of at-times heated arguments, justices debated litigation involving policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina that permit admissions offices to weigh race as one of many factors that help decide who will be accepted. The outcome could have profound implications –beyond higher education. Here's what we know.


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Your Instagram account isn't suspended. Probably.

No account. Account suspended. Your account violated community guidelines. Hold the pet pics, y'all. People logging into their Instagram accounts on Monday morning were met with a wide array of no-go messages. After floods of users reported having their account suspended or seeing messages that their account was deleted, Instagram tweeted an apology and said it was looking into theproblem. One Twitter user who said they tried to appeal their Instagram account’s suspension said they were met with an error message when they tried to log back in that said their username didn't "appear to belong to an account."

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What everyone's talking about

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Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene in tax returns dispute

Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Supreme Court to intervene in his long-running legal battle with the House Ways and Means Committee over access to years of his tax returns. The House committee asked the IRS for Trump's records in 2021 to help assess the IRS' presidential audit program, a request the committee described as a "plainly legitimate area for congressional inquiry and possible legislation."Trump'srequest came days after the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to reconsider an earlierruling that sided with the House committee. Keep reading.

  • Trump companies on trial:In opening statements, prosecutors argue the case is about 'greed and cheating.'

A real estate asset that's really, truly underwater

It's an amazing location, but it needs a little work. For a cool $43 million, you could be the proud owner of a much-coveted waterfront Florida property. The only catch is that the "waterfront part" is literal. Like, super-literal. The parcel on offer is submerged under the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton with a base of muck, sand and seagrass. After years of wrangling to clear the legal baggage, owner William Swaim said, it's ready for the market. He’ll even help by filling it in with dirt and building a seawall (that will cost an extra $3.5 million). In recent years, submerged landhas been developed into sites for homes and high-end condos. And as more buyers become willing to do the legwork, conservation becomes a concern.Enter the floating mansions concept.

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🗳 Georgia governor's debate: On Sunday, Gov. Brian Kemp faced off against Stacey Abrams in their final debate ahead of the midterms. The two sparred over topics like voter integrity, housingand foster care. More takeaways from the debate.

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👻Your scary-cute Halloween pets

Last week, my cat Queen Susiedemanded I put her photo in The Short List and ask for pictures from readers of their own pets in costume. Meet Bogart, Lola, Luna, Malcolm Reynolds and Otis! Batdog Luna says: "I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batdog." And Bogart dressed up as his favorite actor – Humphrey Bogart, of course! We love to see it.

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A big spooky shout-out to readers Catie Kovelman and Luna from Los Angeles; Michelle Lindsey and Bogart from Daniel Island, South Carolina; Alissa Cleland and Lola from Shelby Township, Michigan; and from New York City, Michael Bert and Malcolm Reynolds, Libby McKnight and Otis. Thank you for sharing your photos. Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!🎃

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Supreme Court hears affirmative action arguments, Boca Raton real estate underwater, Instagram outage, Halloween pets. Monday's news.

Greetings, enthusiasts of current affairs and seekers of knowledge. I am Laura Davis, an expert in media analysis, legal discourse, and societal trends. My extensive background in journalism, particularly in the realms of law, technology, and cultural phenomena, equips me to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse topics discussed in the article by Laura L. Davis on November 1, 2022.

Let's delve into the key concepts touched upon in this article:

  1. Supreme Court and Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court is currently deliberating on the contentious issue of race-conscious admissions at American colleges. The conservative majority's skepticism, as indicated during the five hours of intense arguments, revolves around the policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina. These policies allow admissions offices to consider race among various factors in the admission process. The outcome of this case could have far-reaching implications for higher education.

  2. Instagram Outage: A significant portion of the article is dedicated to the unexpected issues faced by Instagram users. Many reported their accounts being suspended or receiving messages indicating a violation of community guidelines. Instagram later issued an apology, acknowledging the problem and assuring users that they were investigating the issue. The challenges faced by users and the subsequent responses from Instagram underscore the impact of technology on our daily lives.

  3. Trump's Tax Returns: Former President Donald Trump has sought the intervention of the Supreme Court in his ongoing legal battle with the House Ways and Means Committee over access to his tax returns. This request comes after the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to reconsider an earlier ruling favoring the House committee. The case revolves around the committee's legitimate inquiry into the IRS' presidential audit program.

  4. Underwater Real Estate in Boca Raton: A unique and attention-grabbing piece of news involves a waterfront property in Boca Raton, Florida, being offered for sale at $43 million. However, the catch is that the property is literally underwater, submerged beneath the Intracoastal Waterway. The owner, William Swaim, mentions the legal challenges involved in bringing this property to market and offers to fill it with dirt and build a seawall for an additional $3.5 million.

  5. Miscellaneous News Tidbits: The article also touches on diverse topics, including updates on Trump's companies trial, news about NYC paying $36 million to men exonerated in Malcolm X's killing, and various other snippets ranging from Halloween-themed content to global affairs and local news.

In conclusion, the amalgamation of legal debates, technological hiccups, real estate anomalies, and cultural phenomena in this article offers a snapshot of the multifaceted nature of contemporary news. If you have any further inquiries or seek additional insights, feel free to engage, and I'll be delighted to provide further elucidation.

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