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SCOTUS strikes down a Louisiana abortion law; the world surpasses 500,000 coronavirus deaths.


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In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS sides with abortion rights
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  • On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Lousiana law restricting abortion access in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts, who also penned a separate concurring opinion, joined the Court’s liberal wing. [ABC News / Alexandra Svokos]
  • The case — June Medical Services v. Russo — is a major win for abortion rights advocates, many of whom had feared that a more conservative Court would uphold the Louisiana law and undercut Roe v. Wade. [LA Times / David G. Savage]
  • The law in question, which mandated that all abortion providers in Louisiana have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, is what is known as a TRAP law: a targeted restriction on abortion providers that makes it harder for those providers to operate. [The Cut / Hannah Gold]
  • Though it was passed in 2014, the Louisiana law never went into effect. It was first blocked by a district court judge before being upheld by the Fifth Circuit; the Supreme Court again put the law on hold while it considered the case. [NPR / Nina Totenberg and Brian Naylor]
  • While Monday’s decision is good news for abortion rights, it doesn’t mean that Roe is safe. As Vox’s Ian Millhiser writes, Roberts’s opinion is “laden with hints that, in a future case, he is likely to vote to restrict — or even eliminate — the constitutional right to an abortion.” [Vox / Ian Millhiser]
  • The Supreme Court also handed down another influential decision Monday. In Seila Law v. CFPB, the Court decided 5-4 that the president has the power to unilaterally fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at will. [NYT / Adam Liptak]
  • When the agency was established following the 2008 financial crisis, it was designed to operate independently. Monday’s decision attenuates that independence, but allows the agency to continue its works rather than striking it down outright. [Roll Call / Todd Ruger and Jim Saksa]
  • The Court also passed up a major case Monday when it turned down an appeal regarding the federal death penalty. The decision clears the way for executions to resume for the first time since 2003 under new Justice Department policy. [Washington Post / Robert Barnes and Mark Berman]
The world marks two tragic pandemic milestones
  • Over the weekend, the global Covid-19 death toll surpassed 500,000 even as the US continues to see a surge in cases of the virus. Currently, the US accounts for just over a quarter of the death toll, with more than 125,000 fatalities. [CNN / Zamira Rahim]
  • The world also hit 10 million cases of the virus on Saturday, more than six months after the first coronavirus cases were identified in Wuhan, China. [Reuters / Cate Cadell]
  • Both milestones come as conditions are worsening in the US: Cases are spiking around the country, and several states have hit all-time high daily case numbers in the past week. [NBC News / Yuliya Talmazan]
  • According to an NPR tracker, 38 states are seeing an uptick in cases, including seven states that have seen a triple-digit percentage increase compared to two weeks ago. Florida has been one of the states hardest hit: It’s reporting an average of 6,255 daily cases for the week. [NPR / Stephanie Adeline, Connie Hanzhang Jin, Alyson Hurt, Thomas Wilburn, Daniel Wood, and Ruth Talbot]
  • Texas is also approaching the crisis point: In Houston, some hospitals are reaching ICU capacity as more people are hospitalized due to the disease, though models suggest the virus has yet to peak there. [NYT / Sheri Fink]
  • As Vox's German Lopez points out, the current spike in US cases was not just predictable but preventable. A rushed reopening and reduced social distancing measures allowed the virus to surge back, and it's unclear where states will go from here. [Vox / German Lopez]
Russian bounties placed on US troops in Afghanistan likely resulted in the deaths of “several” US service members.

[Washington Post / Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung, Missy Ryan, and John Hudson]

  • On Sunday, Mississippi passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag. [CNN / Paul LeBlanc]
  • What rising coronavirus in Texas, Arizona, and Florida could mean for the president’s reelection chances. [Politico / Natasha Korecki and Marc Caputo]
  • The other pandemic: QAnon conspiracy theories are running rampant in tandem with the coronavirus. [HuffPost / Jesselyn Cook]
  • “The dirtiest, the most damned war”: Remembering the 24-year-old human rights worker killed in Kabul this weekend. [NYT / Mujib Mashal]
"It affects your nerves, your mental state, your way of thinking — because you have to be cautious in everything you do now. It’s like I’m risking my life for a dollar. It’s twisted."

[Rosie, an Amazon warehouse worker speaking under a pseudonym, on what it's like to work at a fulfillment center in the middle of a pandemic / Recode]

The “Justice for Breonna” movement has the potential to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The “Justice for Breonna” movement has the potential to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. [Spotify / Sean Rameswaram]

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