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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The US Supreme Court just made a bunch of rulings. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 1. 

We’ll jump right into it. The first big ruling had to do with the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). You know Obamacare for being a national health care law that’s given tens of millions of Americans insurance coverage. You also know Obamacare for being a source of many, many lawsuits from Republican-led states. Liiiike this lawsuit from Texas (along with 17 other states and two individuals), which landed in front of the Supreme Court yesterday. The decision? Obamacare stays. It marks the third times the Supremes have saved the health care law. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Next up: the Supreme Court unanimously backed a Catholic social services agency over its right to refuse to work with same-sex couples who want to be foster parents. The decision is another setback for gay rights in the US. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Last but not least: a case in which six citizens of the West African nation of Mali sued Nestlé USA and Cargill for allegedly profiting from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms. You read that right. Yesterday, the Supremes weighed in...and ruled in favor of the two bizes. ICYDK, this isn’t the first ruling that’s shot down attempts to hold bizes accountable for international human rights abuses in federal court. 

 

THE TAKE. 

A lot of very very important decisions were just made. TBD on the long-term effects. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: All eyes are still on Israel-Palestine. Reminder: earlier this week, far-right Israeli Jews marched through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem. Some chanted “Death to Arabs.” Later, Hamas launched incendiary balloons into Israel, causing at least 10 fires in the country’s south. The Israeli gov responded by firing rockets into Gaza. There were hopes that the violence had come to an end...until militants in Gaza sent even more incendiary balloons into southern Israel and the Israeli gov carried out airstrikes in the Palestinian territory. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, today, Iran heads to the polls in its presidential election. It’s already controversial. See: some people are calling for a boycott of the election after multiple contenders were barred from running. As of now, conservative Ebrahim Raisi is expected to win. 

 

USA: Yesterday, Prez Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Yes, really. FYI, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. This comes after the House of Reps overwhelmingly passed the bill, with just 14 Republicans opposing it. In other news, that St. Louis couple who aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last summer just pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. They’ll be forced to pay nearly $3,000 in fines and give up those guns. Meanwhile, recently, the House of Reps voted to repeal the 2002 war powers measure that gave Prez George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq. The vote was 268-161. Now, it’s off to the Senate. 

 

CLIMATE: The National Aeronautics and Space Admin (aka NASA) has some bad news. Spoiler alert: the Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005 - an “unprecedented” and “alarming” increase. The doubling is apparently due, at least in part, to an uptick in greenhouse gases and water vapor. In other news, the American West is currently facing a brutal heat wave. Arizona and Montana are dealing with wildfires. Temps are surpassing 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Doctors are warning people that they could get third-degree burns from the asphalt. All this comes as the region is experiencing the worst drought in two decades. 


WHAT TO KNOW

6 pounds:” how much fur was shaved off a rescued Shih Tzu. Oh my dog. 


SAY WHAT?

“Brittle Stars with Thousands of ‘Pig Snouts’ and Thorny Nest of Teeth Found” - an actual headline. Every word of this is incomprehensible. 


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