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QUOTE OF THE DAY
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They said 'bye bye bye' to a Texas abortion law. In 2013, the state passed a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have "admitting privileges" at nearby hospitals, and clinics to have hospital-like conditions (hint: expensive upgrades). Supporters said these rules were needed to protect women's health. But several clinics raised their hands and said 'pretty sure you're just trying to shut us down. PS: see you in court.'
SO WHAT DID THE COURT SAY?
The majority of Supremes agreed that this law makes it wayyy too hard for women to get an abortion, which is their constitutional right. That includes Notorious RBG, who wrote, "it is beyond rational belief" that the law "could genuinely protect the health of women."
ANY OTHER BIG DECISIONS?
If you are a domestic abuser, you still can't own a gun. Two men challenged the current federal law and argued that just because they'd pled guilty to hitting their partners in the past doesn't mean they should be banned from owning guns. The Supremes said 'we think that law is just fine where it is.' Oh, and former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell isn't going to prison anymore.
This was a day full of decisive decisions from a Court that's had trouble getting things done lately. Meanwhile, there are 13 other states with abortion laws similar to Texas that are now being called into question. If they're found unconstitutional, that would expand abortion access across the country by a lot.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND TELLS YOU HARRY STYLES SIGNED A SOLO DEAL…
It really is over. Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the world that yes, the UK and the EU really are getting a divorce – aiming to shut down talk that they might be able to work things out. And today, EU leaders are having a team huddle in Brussels, where they're expected to ask the UK to hurry things up. But the arguing over who gets what won't officially start until the UK's PM triggers Article 50. Psst...the part in the EU rulebook where a country can say 'I want out.' Cameron says he'll leave that up to his replacement. So who knows how long it will be until the breakup is officially official — and what impact it will have on financial markets. So far, they're not taking it well. It doesn't help morale that the three main credit rating agencies have all downgraded the UK's credit rating (hint: like your credit score). Or that England lost to Iceland in a huge upset yesterday, and is now out of the Euro 2016 tournament too. And that's how the crumpet crumbles.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING…
Fallujah. Over the weekend, Iraqi forces said the city was "fully liberated" from ISIS. This comes about a week after Iraqi forces said they were pretty, pretty, sure that ISIS was driven out of the city. Reminder: Fallujah's a VIP city near Iraq's capital that was the first to fall to ISIS back in 2014. Iraqi forces, backed by US airstrikes, have been focused on taking back the city for months. The bad news is it looks like ISIS may have torched hundreds of houses on its way out. Thousands of Fallujah residents have left their homes over the past few months. And now a lot of them are coming back without a place to live. Meanwhile in Yemen, ISIS took responsibility yesterday for a series of attacks that killed at least 38 people. Yemen's in the middle of a civil war between govt. forces and rebels backed by Iran. All the attention on the war has allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in the country. Yesterday's attacks happened just after govt. and rebel forces decided to suspend peace talks. Good times.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE DRINK WITHOUT GETTING A HANGOVER...
The times, they are a changin'. Just ask Ryan Lochte. You remember him as Michael Phelps's sidekick with the abs who said 'jeah' a lot. He's considered one of the best swimmers in the world. But yesterday, Lochte failed to qualify for a big event in Rio. He raced in the 400-meter individual medley (the same event where he took home gold in London in 2012) and didn't make the cut. Speaking of the Olympics, the USA men's basketball roster was announced yesterday. LeBron James and Steph Curry are out because they're still sleeping off the NBA finals. NBA stars like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are in, and hoping to take home gold for the third time in a row.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE COOKIE BATTER TASTES OFF...
It's missing something. So was Diet Pepsi. Two years after dropping aspartame...it's baaack.
THING TO KNOW
Candle: Short for 'can't handle.' It's the new 'I can't even.'
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