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WE PUBLISH EVERY DAY, BUT YOU'LL NOTICE THAT IT'S LIGHTER OVER THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND:  Congress is out of town, but plotting hard.  The "lame duck" session starts soon, and the Biden administration will try to get as much major, radical legislation through before losing control of the House in January. 

At the same time, we're still not thoroughly sure who'll be the next speaker of the House.   The GOP establishment wants Kevin McCarthy, and I'm assuming he'll eventually get the job.  But there are determined conservatives on the GOP side who don't care for him, and may demand much in return for their support.  There are even suggestions that the Republicans pick someone from outside the House.  You don't have to be a member to be speaker.  That's weird, but it's true.

Even Donald Trump has been mentioned as a possible speaker, but he'd hardly be a compromise candidate, and I doubt he'd take it.  But Lee Zeldin of New York might.  There's buzz.  If, for the first time, someone were to be chosen from outside the House, that person would immediately become a viable presidential candidate.

Even though it's holiday time, the legal system drags on.  But a new case casts light on what may well be one of the hottest political and legal issues of the coming years – charges that universities discriminate against whites and Asians.  Things are coming to a boil.  Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority, and there is no doubt they're treating badly in too many places that should know better.  From College Fix: 

Twelve Oklahoma universities have been hit with a federal civil rights complaint for their participation in a STEM program that excludes white, Asian and Middle Eastern students.
Do No Harm, a nonprofit group fighting wokeness in healthcare, filed the complaints due to the universities’ participation in the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. The complaints have been filed with the Department of Education, but it does not mean an investigation will necessarily take place.

Senior Fellow Mark Perry, a frequent filer of Title IX sex and Title VI race complaints, filed them. Perry shared a copy of the complaint with The Fix. He said the 12 complaints are in the “evaluation stage” and have been acknowledged by the DOE.

Students “[m]ust identify as an underrepresented minority from the following groups African American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,” according to one brochure.

The goal of this program is “increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics…disciplines.”

The complaint accused these colleges of discrimination on the basis of race via adoption of the STEM program. The program is funded with money from the National Science Foundation, which lists all 12 universities on its grant award.

The leader of Do No Harm, former University of Pennsylvania medical school chair Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, told The College Fix via email recently that this program was illegal due to its exclusion of Middle Eastern and white students.

He wrote:

Oklahoma universities created a specific program called the OK-LSAMP program to ‘increase recruitment, enrollment, and retention of minority students in STEM programs’. They specifically exclude white students, students from middle eastern countries, and Asian students. This program is proudly announced on University websites but it is illegal to engage in such discrimination based on race.

“It just shows how a focus on diversity as an overriding value leads to discriminatory activities,” Goldfarb said, when asked why these two groups were excluded. “It may be based on good intentions but the long-term result of such activities is to produce resentment, divisiveness and diminishes the achievements of minority students who can thrive without such discrimination.”

The Do No Harm chair also told The Fix this kind of discrimination has been well-documented in many other fields apart from STEM.

COMMENT:  Watch for more suits like this.  There's one before the Supreme Court right now, brought by Asian students against Harvard.   And it won't stop at the college level.  There's a national parents' revolt going on against school districts throughout the country.  Expect some disputes to go right into the courtroom.  Millions of Americans are weary of selective discrimination. 

November 25, 2022