In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Supreme Court

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban.

The Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks it is necessary to protect the United States.

The vote was 5 to 4, with conservatives in the majority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the decision to Korematsu v. United States, in which the Supreme Court in 1944 upheld the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.

This is the third version of the travel ban, issued in September.


Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision upholding a California law requiring anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are.

The case began in 2015 when California passed a law known as the FACT Act. (It stands for Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency.) The FACT Act requires unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers to post a sign or otherwise disclose to their clients in writing that the center is not a licensed medical facility and has no licensed medical provider who supervises the provision of services.

The anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” objected to the law on free-speech grounds.

Here’s a video explaining what crisis pregnancy centers do.


California Federal Judge Orders Separated Children Reunited With Parents Within 30 Days.

A federal judge in San Diego issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union that calls for all children affected by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy to be reunited with their parents within 30 days.

Under the order, children younger than 5 years old must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, while older children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days. Within 10 days, federal authorities must allow parents to call their children if they’re not already in contact with them.


Voters in Seven States Headed to the Polls.

In New York City Democratic congressman Joe Crowley losing to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old progressive. Crowley was considered a potential candidate for House Speaker, he has been in Congress since 1999. Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer, has never held elected office. Ocasio-Cortez ran a low-budget campaign and was outspent by an 18-1 margin.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday, giving him a shot at becoming the state’s first black governor. In November, Jealous will face Gov. Larry Hogan, who hopes to become the first GOP governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954. Hogan was unchallenged for his party’s nomination.


Protesters Call for Justice for Antwon Rose Shooting. 

Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Antwon Rose, 17, three times last week as he fled a car suspected in an earlier shooting. Protesters expressed concern that prosecutor Steve Zappala, who has so far declined to charge East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld, has a questionable record when it comes to holding police accountable.

State Rep. Ed Gainey, who represents Pittsburgh, said that if police want the community to trust them, they must demonstrate that they’re willing to discipline one of their own.


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