COURT (NOT YET) DISMISSED
Wish my Summer Fridays were more like Summer July, August, and September…
Again, same. Here are some of the rulings we've been waiting for…Trademarks…SCOTUS struck down a federal law banning certain trademarks from being registered. The clothing company FUCT (pronounced F-U-C-T, everybody calm down) was founded in 1990, and the designer has since tried to register its trademark. But the gov said 'haha no,' citing a law that bans "scandalous" or "immoral" trademarks. Yesterday, SCOTUS ruled 6-3 to axe the law, saying it violates the First Amendment's right to free speech. As the clothing brand said, "Fuct is free speech. Free speech is Fuct."The Affordable Care Act…The law set up a three-year program to lower risks for insurance companies and encourage them to join exchanges. The risk being that companies could have lost money on customers who were more expensive than expected. But in 2016, the program expired and some insurance companies lost money. Now, they're saying the gov owes them $12 billion. Yesterday, SCOTUS said 'we hear you, please hold until the next available term for a hearing.'Census and partisan gerrymandering
The country's top court usually drops rulings on blockbuster issues this time of year (see: legalizing same-sex marriage and upholding the ACA). Now, everyone's waiting on a few key cases that could affect how you're represented in the government, both on local and federal levels.
Skimm More: Read up on the history of the census and its impact on the country.
Who's feeling shut out…
. Yesterday, the US barred Iran's supreme leader from accessing the international financial system. Sanctions – against him and eight Iranian military commanders – are in part a response to Iran's downing of a US drone last week. The move brought the US real close
We don't talk anymore: Sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry was one thing. Now, Iran says economic pressure against its top leader spells the end of diplomacy between the two.
Backup for my backup: While all this is happening, Sec of State Mike Pompeo has been talking with Saudi Arabia and the UAE about how to build a global coalition to counter Iran. You know, if it comes to that.
What has the UK's attention…
Who's picking up a microscope...
Who's practicing their French trash talk...
USA. Yesterday, the women's soccer team beat Spain in the Women's World Cup round of 16. Next up: the US is facing off against Les Bleues during the quarterfinals, this Friday at 3pm ET. Both teams are considered favorites to win the tournament. So yes, now's a great time to ask for Summer Fridays, s'il vous plaît....Oh and speaking of people more athletic than you, Italy was selected to host the 2026 Winter Olympics