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One issue that may soon come before the Supreme Court—whoever is confirmed to it—is affirmative action. That’s because of a legal challenge to Harvard University’s admissions process, as our education writer Alia Wong explains in this Masthead Weekly update. And scroll on for a highlight from this week’s Atlantic Festival in Washington. It was lively.  — Matt Peterson

What to Know: Affirmative Action at Harvard

By Alia Wong

The story we’re watching: In a little more than a week, a federal lawsuit contending that Harvard’s admissions office discriminates against Asian American applicants will go to trial. That moment will mark the beginning of a process that could result in the U.S. Supreme Court taking another look at affirmative action.

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