10 things you need to know today: November 1, 2022

Supreme Court conservatives question legality of affirmative action in college admissions, prosecutors say assailant wanted to break Pelosi's "kneecaps," and more

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1. Supreme Court conservatives appear open to barring affirmative action in college admissions

The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in two cases challenging affirmative-action admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Members of the high court's newly strengthened 6-3 conservative majority appeared open to quashing the policies, questioning whether letting colleges consider race in the admissions process is legal and constitutional. Liberal justices defended affirmative-action policies, noting the benefits of diversity on college campuses and the importance of countering historic discrimination. Edward Blum, president of Students for Fair Admissions, led the challenges, saying Harvard's admissions policy discriminates against Asian Americans, and UNC's gives Black and Hispanic applicants unfair advantages.

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