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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Supremes have their minds on abortion. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

ICYMI, when Trump became prez, there was an open seat on the Supreme Court. So Trump tapped Neil Gorsuch, a conservative, to fill that seat. Not long later, the political world was feeling deja vu. Hint: Justice Anthony Kennedy suddenly announced his retirement - meaning Prez Trump got to nominate another conservative to the Supreme Court. We’ll do the math for you. 5 of the 9 judges currently on the Supreme Court were tapped by a Republican prez. A majority, btw. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

One of the most controversial topics in the US is abortion. But in 1973, the Supremes ruled that abortion was legal in a case known as Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent for future judges. Not so fast. As in many states - cough, Louisiana, cough - see the currently conservative Supreme Court as a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade and place new restrictions on abortion. So they’ve been intro’ing a slew of new limiting laws. Case in point: this new Louisiana law, which could leave just one doctor in the state to perform abortion procedures. Yesterday, the Supremes began hearing arguments on this case. 

 

THE REACTION. 

The court seemed divided...with one exception. See: Chief Justice John Roberts asked some q’s that indicated he may be open to flipping precedent and allowing new state abortion restrictions. Yes, really.

 

SO…?

Expect to keep hearing about this case up until July, when the Supremes will make their final decision. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

HEALTH: All eyes are on the coronavirus. In the US, the death toll rose to 11 as California confirmed its first death due to the virus. The CDC is now expanding its testing criteria to let anyone who has a doctor’s approval get tested for coronavirus - raising concerns that there may not be enough tests for everyone who gets infected. Over in Italy, the country is shutting down schools and universities for the next couple weeks - plus banning professional sporting events. This comes as closures around the world have left hundreds of millions of students out of school. Oh, and the new James Bond movie is pushing back its release date over fears the virus could keep people from theaters. In better news, Congo just discharged its last Ebola patient

 

POLITICS: Jeff Sessions is heading to a runoff. Reminder: when Prez Trump tapped Sessions, a senator in Alabama, as the new attorney general, his seat was opened up and eventually filled by Dem Doug Jones. Fast forward a bit, and Trump fired Sessions as attorney general. Now, it looks like he’s attempting to win back his Senate seat - but first, he needs to win a runoff election against another Republican vying for the seat. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, yesterday, Michael Bloomberg ended his presidential bid and endorsed Joe Biden. Then added that he’s willing to spend lots and lots of money to defeat Trump. In other news, Ukrainian Prez Volodymyr Zelensky just replaced his prime minister. Because, corruption. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a group of researchers said ‘knew it’ and revealed that human-based climate change had an impact on Australia’s devastating wildfires. Climate change reportedly helped create the super-high-risk conditions that led to the fires. In fact, those conditions are apparently 30 percent more likely to appear with climate change than in a world without it. Not good. Speaking of which, recently, the European Union got together and proposed a new climate law that’d set a target of net zero carbon emissions throughout Europe...by 2050. Cue criticisms that the law is too little too late. 


WHAT TO KNOW

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SAY WHAT?

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