The supreme court has issued its ruling on so-called “faithless electors,” members of the electoral college who try to vote for a presidential candidate who did not win their state.
In a unanimous decision wrtten by justice Elena Kagan, the court said, “We now affirm the Washington Supreme Court’s judgment that a State may enforce its pledge law against an elector.”
The supreme court will soon start issuing today’s decisions, marking the first time in 24 years that the court has issued opinions in July.
The Supreme Court begins what *might* be its final week with decisions at 10. You know what's left: religious cases, Trump financial records, faithless electors, etc. Will be the first opinions issued in July since 1996, if that matters to you
This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.
Trump’s tweet attacking Bubba Wallace, Nascar’s only top black driver, also overlooks the fact that it was not Wallace who discovered and reported the pull rope resembling a noose.
From @BubbaWallace on June 24 “I want to say how relieved I am the investigation revealed this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank NASCAR & the FBI for acting swiftly & treating this as a real threat. We’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over the alternatives”
Donald Trump has just launched an attack on Nascar driver Bubba Wallace, that is breathtaking even by the president’s usual standards.
While seeming to complain about Nascar’s decision to ban the Confederate flag, and criticising the sports’ TV ratings, Trump is asking if Wallace has apologised after a noose found in his garage sparked an investigation.
Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!
Related: ‘The noose was real’: Nascar releases photo from Bubba Wallace's garage
Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has pleaded for an end to violence in the city, after a weekend which saw the deadly shooting of a young girl. A $10,000 reward for information has been offered as authorities searched for at least two people who opened fire on the car she was riding in.
The victim, identified on Saturday night as Secoriea Turner, was just 8 years old. “You shot and killed a baby,” the mayor said. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
If you want people to take us seriously, and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other in this. There are peaceful demonstrators across this city and across this country, and I applaud them and I thank them for being peaceful and for honoring the lives of so many people who have been killed in America because of injustice. But this random wild, wild West, shoot ‘em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop.
Donald Trump has weighed straight in as his first tweet of the day on the tearing down of the Frederick Douglass statue in Rochester claiming it shows “these anarchists have no bounds!”
Statue of Frederick Douglass Torn Down in Rochester https://t.co/8iEBxSHm52 via @BreitbartNews. This shows that these anarchists have no bounds!
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.
Lauren Aratani has been reporting for us in New York on the economic impact of Covid-19 on Gen Z, many of whom are at the formative years of trying to start careers and adult lives, just as the economy has been shattered by the pandemic.
The unemployment rate for teens ages 16 to 19 peaked at 31% in April, more than double the national rate of 14.7%. College graduates who only months ago were on track to enter one of the best job markets in US history have instead landed in one of the worst. A slate of summer internships and jobs have been cancelled and they are worried about their parents struggling to pay bills.
Related: Why the Covid-19 financial crisis will leave lasting scars on Gen Z
With so much focus on the coronavirus outbreak at home, it is sometime easy to forget that geopolitics is going on. There’s a reminder today for the Trump administration, after China opted to again criticise US military actions in the South China Sea.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said joint exercises involving two US aircraft carrier groups in the strategic waterway were performed totally out of ulterior motives and undermined stability in the area.
More details are emerging about Summer Taylor, the protester who was killed when a car was driven into them in Seattle at the weekend.
It is with great sorrow that we are closing our doors tomorrow, Sunday, July 5th to honor the loss of one of our own, Summer Taylor. Summer was one of the protestors hit by a car on I-5 in the early morning of July 4, 2020. The suddenness and circumstances of this tragic loss has taken a great toll on all of us. In order to support our employees and give them time to grieve, all of our practices (Capitol Hill, Downtown and White Center) will be closed July 5, 2020. All practices will reopen Monday, July 6th with reduced hours and capacity. . . Please call to inquire.
Related: Summer Taylor honored for 'standing up for black lives' following death at protest
Our Joan E Greve has been looking at whether swing states may be up for grabs as Covid-19 hits Republican strongholds. While the coronavirus outbreak may have initially hit coastal metropolitan areas solidly seen as Democratic strongholds, the picture has changed.
States that reopened quickly, as the president advised, are now seeing a surge in cases and a rising hospitalizations and that is impacting the Republican heartland. States that Trump won in 2016 account for about 75% of the new cases. A few of those are key swing states that Trump will almost certainly need to win again to secure a second term. And as the devastation of the pandemic spreads across the country, other states long considered to be reliably Republican also appear increasingly up for grabs.
Related: Swing states may be up for grabs as Covid-19 hits Republican strongholds
Axios this morning are reporting on a new Joe Biden campaign initiative - chats with celebs on Insta.
The campaign, called #TeamJoeTalks, is an attempt to open up a new front on social media, drawing on celebrities’ Instagram followers to help find and motivate voters while large parts of the country remain locked down.
Here’s our updated tracker of the countries with the most cases of the coronavirus - showing the US way out ahead.
Latino and African-American residents of the United States have been three times as likely to become infected as their white neighbors, according to the new data, which provides detailed characteristics of 640,000 infections detected in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties. And Black and Latino people have been nearly twice as likely to die from the virus as white people, the data shows.
Experts point to circumstances that have made Black and Latino people more likely than white people to be exposed to the virus: Many of them have front-line jobs that keep them from working at home; rely on public transportation; or live in cramped apartments or multigenerational homes.
Here’s more from the Associated Press on the removal of the Frederick Douglass statue overnight. It was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852.
Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.
Related: Discovery of Frederick Douglass letter sheds light on contested Lincoln statue
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