A happy SCOTUS week to all DC (and American) residents! This blog will show some partisanship in its support for this week’s decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and housing discrimination — well done, justices! Elsewhere a devastating heatwave has killed over a thousand people in Pakistan’s Sindh region, Greece may be forced to exit the Eurozone, Israel and Hamas are both guilty of war crimes, and Iran’s Supreme Leader has thrown a hitch in nuclear talks. This morning also brought the tragic news that terror attacks across three continents left scores dead — thoughts with those in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia.
As noted above, this was quite the week at the SCOTUS. Decisions were rounded out this morning when the Court ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right, which will have a profound impact for immigrant families, as well as for families seeking health and housing benefits.
All this blog’s thoughts with the people of Charleston after a horrifying massacre this week. A more uplifting Ramadan/Ramzan mubarak to all this blog’s Muslim followers! This week brings us floods in Georgia (the nation), the mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic, and a bizarre saga involving an American white woman attempting to pass herself off as black. These are strange times we live in.
Everyone Is Running For the American Presidency 2k15 Updates: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have now joined us.
Happy boiling Friday from the District — we are in a bit of a heat wave here. Also a wave of Republicans trying to out-shout each other — Lindsey Graham wasn’t having the best week, courtesy of Senator Mark Kirk. (Sorry, bro.) Meanwhile Chinese hackers have reportedly obtained numerous American social security numbers, a prison break in New York has the state on watch, Turkey’s AKP has been royally trounced, Greece is still duking it out over its debt, and being black in America is even worse than we all originally thought. Everyone stay cool this weekend, regardless of your location (Australia and the general deep Southern hemisphere excluded.)
Greetings from shockingly chilly and misty DC — we anticipate swamp-like conditions will return shortly. This week has been predominately brought to you by Islamophobia from a range of sources, as well as additional candidates for the American presidential election. Elsewhere the Rohingya are still facing severe persecution in Burma, Greece and the EU are duking it out over the former’s debt crisis, and the FIFA scandal has engulfed countries across the world. Cheers to the weekend. (For some happy news, here’s the monsoon rains finally bringing some relief to stranded Rohingya refugees.)
Key components of the Patriot Act have expired thanks to (to the surprise of some) Rand Paul.
Marin O’Malley will challenge Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for the American presidency. The winner will in turn battle the rest of the world, who will be collectively running for the Republican nomination.
SCOTUS says you can only be convicted for making threats on social media if you mean it.
In Arizona a large group of armed people gathered to protest Islam. One imagines that if a large crowd of Muslims gathered with guns in any location they would not be received well by the majority of the US.