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DeVos heckled at Bethune-Cookman University

There's been an unprecedented spike in white supremacist activity on campuses across the U.S. since the election and college students and administrators are struggling to figure out how to respond.

Posters at the University of Texas at Arlington last month implored students to "report any and all illegal aliens. America is a white nation." Also last month, at the University of Pennsylvania flyers blared "Imagine a Muslim-free America."

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 12, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

The controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey dominated the news this week. Guest host John Donvan and a panel of journalists discuss that and other happenings around the U.S., including the Texas governor’s ban on sanctuary cities and how Shaquille O’Neal might do as a sheriff.


Susan Davis, congressional correspondent, NPR

David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, The New York Times; former editor, The Upshot, a New York Times website covering politics and policy

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College students who block protesters or speakers from speaking on public colleges and  universities would be penalized under a bill now in the state Senate.


The “Campus Free Speech Act” would penalize people who infringe on protester’s, speaker’s, student’s and professor's first amendment rights. The rules would apply to the state’s public universities and community colleges.
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A new study on the impact corporate funding on public trust in research may have broad implications for the future of research funding.

The study, based at Michigan State University, found that corporate backing of research could completely undermine the perceived credibility of that research, particularly in research looking at health risks.

John Besley is the lead author on the study. He said the study focused on research where people perceive a greater risk.