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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Supreme Court delivered another big blow to Prez Trump. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

You know DACA (aka the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for being the Obama-era law that protects hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the US as kids from being deported. But over a year and a half ago, Prez Trump took a red pen to the law. Leading to lawsuit....after lawsuit….after lawsuit...after lawsuit. So back in September, the Supreme Court said ‘we’ll handle this’ and debated things. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The Supremes just made their decision. Spoiler: DACA can stick around. As in the court ruled that Trump can’t immediately end the program because he didn’t offer up a good enough reason for doing so. 

 

THE REACTION. 

People protected under DACA (cough, Dreamers, cough) hung up the streamers. So did Dems. Prez Trump...not so much. See: he took to Twitter to slam the Supremes for making “horrible & politically charged decisions” - then asked “Do you get the impression the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” We’ll remind you: this comes just days after the Supremes, which is majority conservative, ruled that the Civil Rights Act does protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace - another decision that went against the Trump team’s beliefs. 

 

SO…?

DACA was a focal point of Prez Trump’s 2016 campaign. TBD on how this affects the upcoming presidential election. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: A couple years ago, it was discovered that China’s been holding over one million Uighur Muslims (a predominantly-Muslim ethnic group) in what have been largely seen as internment camps - reportedly as part of a campaign to crack down on terrorism. Cue outrage. So the other day, Prez Trump signed off on a bill that’d let him slap sanctions on Chinese officials involved in these internment camps. Something China was not happy about. Tension, high. Meanwhile, new research revealed that climate change is tied to pregnancy risks. More specifically: pregnant women exposed to high temps or air pollution are more likely to have kids who are premature, underweight, or stillborn. And African Americans women and babies face a much higher risk of this than the general population. Yes, really. 

 

POLITICS: ICYMI, much of the US is watching to see who Joe Biden (the presumptive Dem nominee this election) will pick as his vice prez. Enter: Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). She was one of a couple dozen candidates who threw their hat in the ring to be the Dem nominee - and she’s been largely considered the frontrunner to be Biden’s vice prez. Scratch that, since yesterday, she officially withdrew as a vice presidential candidate. Then added that she thinks Biden should pick a woman of color. To which some people said, ‘your move, Elizabeth Warren.’ Meanwhile, Facebook just axed a Trump campaign ad featuring a symbol commonly used by Nazis to designate political prisoners (a red inverted triangle). And on that note: Twitter just labelled this Trump tweet about a “racist baby” as “manipulated media.” 

 

CORONAVIRUS: This week’s US jobless claims are out. And it’s still bad news. Case in point: 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment this past week - marking the 13th week in a row that the jobless claims have surpassed 1 million. Very very bad, especially since these numbers are more than double those of the worst week of the Great Recession. In other coronavirus news, Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is geared to enter its next phase of reopening on Monday. This comes as virus deaths are down there by a lot. Across the nation in California, Governor Gavin Newsom’s now requiring everyone to wear masks in public spaces. You read that right. What else he’s been up to: passing this law on mail-in voting. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$125,000:” how much you can spend to ride a giant balloon up to an altitude of 100,000 feet. (Almost) out of this world. 


SAY WHAT?

“Yellowstone’s Supervolcano Is a Hot Spot, but It May Be Calming Down” - an actual headline. Phew. 

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