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Trump to abandon census citizenship question


It appears that Trump will end his efforts to have a citizenship question on the census. After legal defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump was only left with the possibility of some sort of executive action to try and place the question.

Post Opinions: Darroch was right about Trump


“We don’t know if Mr. Darroch tried to explain that aberrant behavior in one of his cables. But he did write that the Trump administration was unlikely “to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” To which we can only say: Right you are, Mr. Ambassador.”

Iran warns Britain


Iranian President Rouhani warned there would be consequences for the U.K. following the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar. The ship was believed to have been taking oil to Syria, violating sanctions.

SCOTUS: Courts can’t rule on partisan gerrymandering


By a vote of 5-4, along ideological lines, the Supreme Court held that partisan gerrymandering—the practice of rigging electoral districts to favor a political party—is beyond the reach of the courts. Chief Justice Roberts, invoking a longstanding Court doctrine, said that the issue is a “political question” rather than the type of case that courts can decide. The decision is a massive setback for voting-rights activists.

Tillerson says Kushner bypassed him and Mattis to make foreign policy


In some cases, as in the blockade of Qatar, where the United States has its main Middle East military air base, Mr. Kushner’s moves forced Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Mattis to scramble to contain the damage to American diplomacy, according to the accounts. The details emerged in a seven-hour interview conducted on May 21 by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which had asked Mr. Tillerson to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration.

Ross Perot dies at age 89


Two-time presidential candidate and billionaire Ross Perot died after a five month battle with leukemia. His presidential campaigns were focused nearly exclusively on the economy and the lowering the national debt.

New NASA mission will send a drone to one of Saturn’s moons


NASA is sending a drone-style rotorcraft to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, the agency announced Thursday. The mission, dubbed Dragonfly, will involve the drone, which has a nuclear fuel source, taking scientific measurements of the moon, which has been compared to a primordial Earth.

Trump wants to strip military families of deportation protections


The Trump administration is planning to roll back rules that protect undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported while they are serving, according to report from NPR. Attorneys familiar with the plans told the public-radio network that the special exemptions for troops’ families will only be awarded in a small number of circumstances.

Trump to Putin at G-20 summit: ‘Don’t meddle’ in next US election


President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Friday morning for a meeting during the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Before the meeting began, a reporter called out to Trump asking if he would tell Russia not to meddle in future U.S. elections. Trump wagged his finger and leaned over to Putin and said “Don’t meddle in the election.”

DOJ lawyer defends herself after viral testimony on child migrant treatment


A Justice Department lawyer has defended herself after she was roundly criticized for saying that migrant children detained by the Trump administration don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or blankets. A video of Sarah Fabian’s testimony last week before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went viral after she argued the legal requirement that the government provide “safe and sanitary” conditions for detained children didn’t necessarily require very basic hygiene products.

Leah Litman: The latest chapter in the Gorsuch-Kavanaugh saga is the most revealing yet


“Of all the dynamics at play in the Supreme Court’s just-concluded term, none was more intriguing than this latest chapter in the story of Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Graduates of the same high school, members of the same Supreme Court clerks’ class and now fellow Supreme Court justices, the differences between their conservative philosophies — especially in the realms of criminal justice and respect for precedent — began to emerge this term.”

Donald Trump declares himself the winner of the second Dem debate


Trump criticized the Democratic candidates for each promising that their healthcare proposals would cover people living in the country illegally. “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!?” Trump wrote, claiming that he was now guaranteed to be re-elected in 2020

After backlash, Alabama prosecutors say they won’t pursue charges against woman who lost baby in shooting


Prosecutors in Alabama have hinted that a woman indicted on manslaughter charges by a grand jury after suffering a miscarriage due to a shooting may not be prosecuted after all. After the case drew nationwide attention this week, the District Attorney’s Office released a statement Thursday stressing that Marshae Jones had not yet been charged and could face either a “lesser charge” or not be prosecuted at all.

House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act testimony


The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday voted to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she did not appear voluntarily at a hearing focused on her repeated alleged violations of the Hatch Act. The White House blocked Conway from appearing for public testimony before the committee Wednesday, citing “long-standing precedent” of declining to offer presidential advisers for congressional testimony.

Trump to abandon census citizenship question


It appears that Trump will end his efforts to have a citizenship question on the census. After legal defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump was only left with the possibility of some sort of executive action to try and place the question.

Post Opinions: Darroch was right about Trump


“We don’t know if Mr. Darroch tried to explain that aberrant behavior in one of his cables. But he did write that the Trump administration was unlikely “to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” To which we can only say: Right you are, Mr. Ambassador.”

Iran warns Britain


Iranian President Rouhani warned there would be consequences for the U.K. following the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar. The ship was believed to have been taking oil to Syria, violating sanctions.

SCOTUS: Courts can’t rule on partisan gerrymandering


By a vote of 5-4, along ideological lines, the Supreme Court held that partisan gerrymandering—the practice of rigging electoral districts to favor a political party—is beyond the reach of the courts. Chief Justice Roberts, invoking a longstanding Court doctrine, said that the issue is a “political question” rather than the type of case that courts can decide. The decision is a massive setback for voting-rights activists.

Tillerson says Kushner bypassed him and Mattis to make foreign policy


In some cases, as in the blockade of Qatar, where the United States has its main Middle East military air base, Mr. Kushner’s moves forced Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Mattis to scramble to contain the damage to American diplomacy, according to the accounts. The details emerged in a seven-hour interview conducted on May 21 by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which had asked Mr. Tillerson to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration.

Ross Perot dies at age 89


Two-time presidential candidate and billionaire Ross Perot died after a five month battle with leukemia. His presidential campaigns were focused nearly exclusively on the economy and the lowering the national debt.

New NASA mission will send a drone to one of Saturn’s moons


NASA is sending a drone-style rotorcraft to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, the agency announced Thursday. The mission, dubbed Dragonfly, will involve the drone, which has a nuclear fuel source, taking scientific measurements of the moon, which has been compared to a primordial Earth.

Trump wants to strip military families of deportation protections


The Trump administration is planning to roll back rules that protect undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported while they are serving, according to report from NPR. Attorneys familiar with the plans told the public-radio network that the special exemptions for troops’ families will only be awarded in a small number of circumstances.

Trump to Putin at G-20 summit: ‘Don’t meddle’ in next US election


President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Friday morning for a meeting during the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Before the meeting began, a reporter called out to Trump asking if he would tell Russia not to meddle in future U.S. elections. Trump wagged his finger and leaned over to Putin and said “Don’t meddle in the election.”

DOJ lawyer defends herself after viral testimony on child migrant treatment


A Justice Department lawyer has defended herself after she was roundly criticized for saying that migrant children detained by the Trump administration don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or blankets. A video of Sarah Fabian’s testimony last week before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went viral after she argued the legal requirement that the government provide “safe and sanitary” conditions for detained children didn’t necessarily require very basic hygiene products.

Leah Litman: The latest chapter in the Gorsuch-Kavanaugh saga is the most revealing yet


“Of all the dynamics at play in the Supreme Court’s just-concluded term, none was more intriguing than this latest chapter in the story of Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Graduates of the same high school, members of the same Supreme Court clerks’ class and now fellow Supreme Court justices, the differences between their conservative philosophies — especially in the realms of criminal justice and respect for precedent — began to emerge this term.”

Donald Trump declares himself the winner of the second Dem debate


Trump criticized the Democratic candidates for each promising that their healthcare proposals would cover people living in the country illegally. “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!?” Trump wrote, claiming that he was now guaranteed to be re-elected in 2020

After backlash, Alabama prosecutors say they won’t pursue charges against woman who lost baby in shooting


Prosecutors in Alabama have hinted that a woman indicted on manslaughter charges by a grand jury after suffering a miscarriage due to a shooting may not be prosecuted after all. After the case drew nationwide attention this week, the District Attorney’s Office released a statement Thursday stressing that Marshae Jones had not yet been charged and could face either a “lesser charge” or not be prosecuted at all.

House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act testimony


The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday voted to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she did not appear voluntarily at a hearing focused on her repeated alleged violations of the Hatch Act. The White House blocked Conway from appearing for public testimony before the committee Wednesday, citing “long-standing precedent” of declining to offer presidential advisers for congressional testimony.