SCOTUS strikes down unconstitutional New York victim disarmament scheme

Source: Rolling Stone

“The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a provision of New York state’s concealed-carry licensing system, ruling that the state’s laws imposing limits on who could carry concealed weapons in public was unconstitutional. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen centers around a 1913 New York law outlining the requirements for carrying a concealed gun in public. In order to be granted a license, someone must either prove that there is a specific ‘proper cause,’ or else have a job that makes them a target, like a judge. The Supreme Court ruled the law is unconstitutional 6-3, along ideological lines.” (06/23/22)

UK: Tory chair quits after by-election defeats, piling pressure on Johnson

Source: Politico

“Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden resigned early Friday morning after his party suffered spectacular losses in two U.K. parliamentary by-elections, heaping pressure on Boris Johnson’s already weakened leadership. Labour regained the northern English constituency of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, where a 12.7 percentage point swing saw candidate Simon Lightwood win 48 percent of the vote. The Liberal Democrats defeated the Tories for the third time in 12 months, with candidate Richard Foord elected in the Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton, in south-western England, with a 30 percent swing. … The result in Tiverton represents the biggest swing away from a governing party in British political history, and will further stoke Tory fears that the so-called ‘Partygate’ scandal has triggered a collapse in support for Johnson in the traditional Tory shires.” (06/24/22)

FDA orders Juul to quit threatening oncologists’ job security

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

“U.S. federal health officials on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the national market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. The action is part of a sweeping effort by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays. The FDA said Juul must stop selling its vaping device and its tobacco- and menthol-flavoured cartridges. Those already on the market must be removed. Consumers aren’t restricted from having or using Juul’s products, the agency said.” (06/23/22)

European Parliament overwhelmingly approves EU candidacy status for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

Source: Independent [UK]

“The European Parliament has approved EU candidacy status for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in a convincing vote on Thursday. In total, 529 votes were made in support of the resolution to defer the status on the three countries, while 45 votes were made against the proposal. A further 14 politicians abstained. Thursday morning’s vote comes four months after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. Although it shows the widespread support for the countries’ bids to enter the EU waiting room, the ultimate decision rests with European leaders.” (06/23/22)

Gaetz,Brooks, Gohmert among lawmakers who asked for pardons from disgraced former president, January 6 hearing told

Source: Independent [UK]

“Representatives Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry were among the Republican members of Congress who asked President Donald Trump to insulate them from future prosecutions by granting them presidential pardons in the days immediately following the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January last year. Their names were revealed by the House January 6 select committee hearing on Thursday that focused on Mr Trump’s efforts to pressure the Department of Justice to assist in his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden. Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger, the Republican select committee member who led the hearing, suggested that seeking pardons implied that his colleagues may have at least suspected they may later face prosecution.” (06/23/22)

Mexico: Central bank hikes prime lending rate to 7.75%

Source: ABC News

“Stung by stubbornly high inflation, Mexico’s Central Bank announced Thursday that it made a thre-quarter-point increase in its prime interest rate, to boost it to 7.75%. The Banco de Mexico said in the announcement that domestic inflation hit an annualized rate of 7.88% in the first half of June, and it doesn’t expect to achieve its 3% inflation rate target until the second half of 2024. The bank said global inflation continues to grow and the rate hike may not be the last increase.” (06/23/22)

US Senate passes victim disarmament bill

Source: CNN

“The Senate on Thursday night passed a bipartisan bill to [support] gun violence that amounts to the first major federal [victim disarmament] legislation in decades. The final vote was 65 to 33 with 15 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in the country. The bill will next go to the House for a vote before it can be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The bipartisan gun deal includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” (06/24/22)

Biden plans LGBTQ student protections as part of Title IX

Source: Orange County Register

“The rights of LGBTQ students would become enshrined in federal law and victims of campus sexual assault would gain new protections under new rules proposed by the Biden administration on Thursday. The proposal, announced on the 50th anniversary of the Title IX women’s rights law, is intended to replace a set of controversial rules issued during the Trump administration by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. President Joe Biden’s education secretary, Miguel Cardona, said that even though there have been significant strides toward gender equality, discrimination and sexual violence persist. … For the first time, the rules would formally protect LGBTQ students under Title IX. Nothing in the 1972 law explicitly addresses the topic, but the new proposal would clarify that the law applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” (06/23/22)

FBI raids homes, issues subpoenas in probe of disgraced former president’s fake elector scam

Source: Independent [UK]

“Federal agents issued new subpoenas regarding the January 6 riot at the US Capitol and raided the homes of two people involved in the plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election, The Washington Post reported. The FBI confirmed to The Post that it conducted authorised law enforcement activity at the home of Brad Carver, who allegedly signed a document to be a Trump elector, as well as Thomas Lane, who worked on Trump’s effort to overturn the election in Arizona and New Mexico. Other would-be participants in former president Donald Trump’s scheme to send an alternate slate of electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election received subpoenas.” (06/23/22)

Iraq: Parliament swears in new members after dozens walk out

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Iraq’s parliament swore in dozens of new legislators on Thursday, replacing 73 who were loyal to powerful Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr and strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shia factions in the assembly. Iraq was plunged deeper into political crises on June 12 when 73 legislators from al-Sadr’s bloc, then the biggest in parliament, quit en masse in a bid to break a logjam over the establishment of a new government. The legislature had already been in turmoil since October’s general election, amid intense negotiations between political factions that failed to forge a majority in support of a new prime minister to succeed Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Following the mass resignation, the seats defaulted to candidates with the second highest number of votes during October’s polls.” (06/23/22)