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By refusing to hear a challenge to the California law that allows local high school graduates–regardless of their immigration status–to pay in-state tuition at local public universities, the U.S. Supreme Court avoided wading into the fires of the immigration debate in a way that riled up anti-immigration activists. A Los Angeles Times editorial, which praised the decision, outlined how getting rid of these kinds of laws could hurt state economies.

It wouldn’t just be bad for the students themselves, who bear no responsibility for their illegal status, the public also loses when it pays for a bright student’s education through high school but then does not allow that student to become a college-educated adult capable of contributing more fully to the economy and society. [Los Angeles Times]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."