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“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
– Henry Ford
Court Is In Session
On Monday, the Supreme Court began a two-week session of oral arguments. This marks the first time in history that the court has live-streamed its arguments for anyone to listen in, and also the first time the court is hearing arguments via teleconference rather than in person.
This Week Monday’s case involved whether hotel reservation company Booking.com is allowed to trademark its name – you can listen to the entire one-hour session here.
The Affordable Care Act is the subject of Wednesday’s first session, as U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, along with one of his predecessors, will argue that the ACA cannot force religious objectors to provide coverage for contraceptives.
The First Amendment’s free speech protections are the topic of Wednesday’s second argument, as several political groups are challenging an act that prohibits them from using robocalls.
State jurisdiction over tribal land is at hand in Monday’s first session, as the state of Oklahoma will argue that its jurisdiction to prosecute crimes extends onto thousands of square miles of tribal Native American lands.
The First Amendment’s religion clauses are the focus of Monday’s second argument. The court will hear a challenge to whether teachers at religious institutions qualify for “ministerial exception,” which prevents them from bringing employment discrimination claims against their employers.
President Trump’s financial records are at the heart of Tuesday’s session, as the court will hear consolidated arguments in three separate cases involving challenges to the legality of subpoenas for the president’s financial information.
And in the final case of the two-week session…
So-called “faithless electors” are the topic du jour on Wednesday, as the court hears a challenge to state laws that punish members of the Electoral College who do not cast their vote for the proper candidate.
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Global cases rose to nearly 3.65 million yesterday with more than 252,400 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose above 1.21 million with 69,921 confirmed deaths.
As the U.S. begins to emerge from lockdown and stay-at-home orders, stay on top of your state’s reopening status here.
A leaked CDC reportpublished by the NYT ($) on Monday projects that the U.S. could see up to 3,000 coronavirus deaths per day by June 1; however, White House officials have said the report has not yet been properly vetted.
Greece, Italy, and Spain are among several European countries to ease lockdown orders and reopen some nonessential businesses. Iran on Monday reopened one-third of their mosques in areas with fewer reported cases of the virus.
Japan on Monday extended its state of emergency until May 31 after experts warned of a second wave. Russia also remains on lockdown after reporting 10,000 new cases in each of the previous two days.
U.S. Ships Arrive Near Russia
The U.S. Navy on Monday sent warships to Russia’s Barents Sea in a joint mission with the UK to conduct security operations above the Arctic Circle. This marks the first time U.S. ships have entered the area since the 1980s.
The Senate secretary on Monday rejected Joe Biden’s request to search for records of sexual assault complaints alleged to have been filed against him in 1993. Tara Reade, a Senate aide that worked for Biden almost thirty years ago, has accused him of sexually assaulting her while she was on his staff.
More: In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Joe Biden unequivocally denied sexual assault allegations made against him by the former Senate aide.
The Treasury Department on Monday said it plans to borrow a record $3 trillion in Q2 to pay for the coronavirus relief bills passed by Congress.
California became the first state to borrow money from the federal government to continue paying out rising unemployment claims. The state has borrowed $348 million thus far, with authorization for up to $10 billion through the end of July.
Carnival Cruise Line on Monday announced it will resume departure of some cruises from the U.S. beginning August 1.
Tim Bray, a senior engineer at Amazon, resigned from the company in a blog post on Friday, expressing dismay at the company’s recent firings of outspoken employees.
Apple and Google yesterday released new sample resources for developers working on behalf of public health agencies to begin developing contact tracing apps.
I Like To Moovit, Moovit
Intel on Monday said it acquired Israeli transportation technology app Moovit for $900 million. The Tel Aviv-based app – which gives users information to help plan out their transportation routes – offers services in 3,100 cities across 100 countries and reportedly has more than 800 million users.
More: In unrelated investment news, Robinhood announced a $280 million Series F funding at a valuation of $8.3 billion on Monday.
Hedge Your Bets
According to the WSJ, hedge fund Elliott Management has agreed to bankroll a lawsuit brought by interactive video company Eko against Quibi in return for a “substantial” stake in the company. Eko claims Quibi violated its patents and stole trade secrets regarding a Quibi feature called “Turnstyling,” which allows for a seamless transition between horizontal and vertical modes while viewing videos.
Don’t You Forget About Me
Nurses and doctors have often been on the receiving end of generous acts of appreciation in recent times – and rightly so. However, many other workers who are essential to a hospital’s function sometimes can feel left out and underappreciated.
One anonymous donor in California recently took it upon himself to honor such workers, donating $1 million in the form of bonus checks distributed to each and every employee at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.
Egad! Bad Dad!
Maryland’s stay-at-home order has been especially hard on Tom Schubren, who lives with his wife, Ann, and their 11-year-old daughter. Normally cheerful and quick with a joke, Ann noticed her husband had become uncharacteristically grumpy in recent days.
After much poking and prodding, Ann finally convinced Tom to begin posting daily ‘bad dad jokes’ in their front yard – much to the delight of his friends and neighbors. Check them out for yourself.
While many school celebrations have been put on hold or canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, seniors at Twinsburg High School in Ohio refused to let social distancing get in the way of an important rite of passage.
More than 500 seniors came together dressed to the nines on Saturday for a “virtual prom” on Instagram live, featuring music, dancing, and celebrity appearances from Netflix’s Logan Allen and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
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Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787, which declared an end to its status as a British colony. Five days later, Pennsylvania became the second state to accept the Constitution and join the Union.