The Supreme Court has ruled the use of race in admissions at Harvard and UNC unconstitutional, potentially ending affirmative action in higher education. Additionally, President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan awaits a Supreme Court decision, while actors might strike following the end of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union contract.
Affirmative Action Ended: Supreme Court delivered a 6-3 ideological ruling declaring affirmative action in higher education unconstitutional.
* This decision implicates around 200 U.S. colleges with highly selective admissions processes.
* California, after abolishing affirmative action in the 90s, has not met diversity and equity goals despite half a billion expenditure on alternative, race-neutral policies.
Anticipating Student Loan Decision: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver their verdict on President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, stirring anticipation amongst Americans.
* The justices are debating the legality and constitutional viability of the plan, which operates under the auspices of the HEROES Act.
* Critics argue that at approximately $400 billion, the plan does more than merely modify loans.
Potential Actors Strike: The SAG-AFTRA union could potentially go on strike, a move which has not been seen concurrently with a writers’ strike since 1960.
* If an agreement or extension isn’t reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, actors will join writers of the WGA union who have been on strike since May.
* Their demand centers around improved residuals for streamed content and better AI safeguards.
Bonus Points: The Commerce Department’s May inflation and personal spending data is expected to drop soon, credit card debt is on the rise, and several influencers face backlash over promoting an all-expenses-paid trip to Shein’s factories in China amidst allegations of forced labor and human rights violations.
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