POLITICS
05/30/2013 02:12 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2013

Why This Affirmative Action Debate is Different

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The lines of argument over affirmative action have changed little since the idea first combusted into controversy in the 1970s. But as the Supreme Court nears another critical ruling on the issue, the social and demographic context for these arguments has been transformed in ways that make the choices both more complex and consequential.

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