10 things you need to know today: July 4, 2018

Trump urges colleges to stop considering race in admissions, separated migrant families told to leave the U.S. to be reunited, and more

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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1. Trump rescinds Obama directive on race in college admissions

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it was rescinding an Obama administration directive urging universities to consider race as a factor in admissions to increase diversity. The Education and Justice Departments in a joint letter called for restoring race-neutral Bush-era policies, saying the Obama administration overstepped its authority under Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama-era guidance was "issued improperly," and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said schools would still "offer equal opportunities for all students while abiding by the law." Democrats and civil rights groups called the move a step backwards. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the "rollback of vital affirmative action guidance offends our nation's values" in "yet another clear Trump administration attack on communities of color."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.