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Court records show how university system tracks applicants with ties to donors

In this March 27, 2019, photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Lawyers for Zangrillo plan to argue that he isn’t much different from parents who make formal donations to schools in the hopes of giving their children an edge in admissions. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP)

On an internal spreadsheet marked “special interest,” University of Southern California officials catalogued in exhaustive detail the fundraising possibilities associated with certain well-connected applicants for admission. One candidate promoted by USC athletic officials was linked to a “250,000 signed pledge,” ...

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Supreme Court must decide whether to press on with gun case

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Newly released tax records show an obscure non-profit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backedKavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the Judicial Crisis Network. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

As the nation renews debate over gun control, the Supreme Court must decide whether to press ahead with a Second Amendment case it has accepted for the coming term, its first in a decade. Gun-control groups operate under a no-news-is-good-news ...

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