DOJ Takes Aim at Race-Based Admissions

The Department of Justice wants to investigate universities over whether admissions policies discriminate against students based on race. Advocacy groups are denouncing the move, saying it would target affirmative action programs aimed at building diversity on campus. Read the story from The AP.

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Trump Told Mexican President Border Wall is ‘Least Important Thing’

New transcripts provide details of President Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders early in his presidency. The records show he asked Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to stop talking about the border wall, calling it "the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important." Read the story from NPR.

Russian Prime Minister Slams Trump Administration ‘Weakness’ Over U.S. Sanctions

Posting a scathing response to new U.S. sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the legislation “ends hopes for improving our relations with the new administration.” President Trump signed the bill into law on Wednesday, but described it as “seriously flawed.” Read the story from NPR.

NASA is Hiring a Planetary Protection Officer

The job responsibilities include defending Earth from aliens and offers a salary ranging from $124,406 to $187,000 per year. Read the story from Popular Science.