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Census Question Nixed (for Now).
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday that the Trump administration will not be allowed to include a question asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census. The ruling does not bar the question itself but did not accept the rationale for including it - that it was needed to better enforce voting-rights laws - leaving the door open for the administration to return with a different justification. Critics say the question, which asks "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" while providing 5 possible answers (more details), will keep immigrant communities from accurately reporting themselves. Census data affects how nearly $800B in annual federal health, community, and other funding is distributed and is used for congressional districting. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's four liberal justices in the decision, while President Trump said he would look into delaying the census until the question was resolved.
In a separate ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the drawing of congressional districts based on partisan interests was beyond the purview of federal courts.
Nearly four million people are expected to visit New York City this weekend to join in the city's gay pride parade. The weekend coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations led by the LGBTQ community following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a discreet NYC gay bar. Though the details of the raid are complicated (the mafia owned the bar and was reportedly extorting wealthier patrons) the event was a catalyst for burgeoning anger over the harassment of, and lack of legal protections for, the gay community both in New York and across the country. The two-day (and subsequent) protests galvanized nascent gay rights movements in the US and beyond, and the first pride parades were held the following year in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco. The semicentennial celebration is expected to make this year's parade the largest gay rights gathering in history.
Democrats held their second night of primary debates last night in Miami, attempting to winnow down a historically large field of candidates seeking the presidential nomination. Night two found former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered with a double-digit lead in many polls, under attack from all sides. The broadsides included a particularly sharp exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), who accused Biden of working too closely with segregationists early in his career (see video). Pundits also dinged Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for failing to prioritize his policy proposals and said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg handled a question about race and policing in his town. The consensus from the first night of debates gave wins to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro. As expected in primaries, the field leaned towards liberal policy proposals - 46% of Democratic voters now identify as liberal, up from 29% in 2003.
The next set of debates will be held on July 30-31st in Detroit.
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> US's Cori 'Coco' Gauff, at 15, becomes youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon since it began allowing professionals to play in 1968 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Department of Defense reportedly develops laser system that can identify people up to 600 feet away based on vibrations caused by their heartbeat (More)
> Florida's red tide has killed at least 174 dolphins over past year, reports say (More)
> NASA announces it will send a drone-like lander to Saturn's moon Titan; planet-like moon is 50% larger than Earth with lakes of liquid hydrocarbons (More)
Business & Markets.
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> President Trump meeting with Chinese President Xi today at G20 Summit in Japan with hopes of ending trade war (More) | ...Also meets with Russian President Putin (More) > Sir Jony Ive, legendary chief design officer of Apple, to depart and form company with Apple as client (More)
> Ford to cut 12k European jobs to curb costs in effort to return to profitability (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.
> House sends $4.6B border aid bill to White House for signature; Speaker Pelosi (D, CA-12) drops bid to include amendments broadening migrant care (More)
> Iran meets today with remaining signatories (UK, France, Germany, China, Russia) of 2015 nuclear deal in attempt to salvage pact before passing uranium production limits, expected this weekend (More)
> Twitter to suppress, but not delete, tweets from politicians that violate company policy (More)
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New Yorker | Atul Gawande. It's been called the worst sensation that one can experience - what itching can teach us about the connection between mind and body. (Read, paywall)
The Most Controversial Tree in the World.
Pacific Standard | Rowan Jacobsen. By 1950, nearly all of America's four billion chestnut trees had been destroyed by a foreign fungus. Enter Darling 58, a genetically modified version of the tree incorporating a protective element borrowed from the wheat genome. (Read)
The Wild Ride at Babe.Net.
The Cut | Allison P. Davis. After a botched takedown of comedian Aziz Ansari, the now-shuttered Babe.net become the poster child for pseudo-journalistic websites who favor clicks over quality content. (Read)
Best of Etcetera - June '19.
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Historybook: Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated, sparking World War I (1914); Treaty of Versailles is signed (1919); Stonewall riots begin (1969); HBD Elon Musk (1971); RIP basketball coach Pat Summitt (2016).
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