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Week in Review

By Nick Crudele
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

The Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration's Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed that President Trump had the authority to protect the country through the implementation of a travel ban. The Court said that the law allows the president to bar those deemed to be detrimental to U.S. interests.


Justices Side with American Express

The Supreme Court sided with American Express, ruling that the company's policy of forbidding merchants from encouraging customers to use rival cards does not violate federal antitrust law.


The Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of anti-abortion centers who opposed a California law requiring them to provide women seeking counsel about pregnancy to be informed about abortions. The Court said that the law violated the center's free speech rights.


California Passes Tough New Online Privacy Law

California passed a powerful online privacy law rooted in its constitution. The California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect in January 2020, provides California residents with the right to know what data is being collected on them, the purpose of the collection, and with whom it is being shared.


Trump Does Not Want Due Process for Illegal Immigrants

President Trump said that illegal immigrants crossing the border should be sent immediately back to their countries instead of the U.S. courts. Trump Tweeted: "People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they cannot come into the U.S. illegally."


NSA Contractor To Plead Guilty to in Classified Leak

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner will plead guilty to charges of espionage for allegedly leaking information about Russian interference in the 2016 election to media outlet The Intercept. Winner could face up to 10 years in jail.


General Motors Warns Trump About Tariffs

General Motors (GM) warned President Trump that his planned tariffs could lead to less investment, fewer jobs, and lower wages for its employees. GM also said that the cost of cars could increase. Other big businesses have made similar statements, with business leaders concerned about reciprocal tariffs affecting them negatively.


Man Charged After Threats to Federal Communications Commission Chairman

A California man was arrested and charged with threatening to murder the family of the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Markara Man said that he was angry at the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality and wanted to scare the chairman.


Poland Weakens Holocaust Law

Poland weakened it Holocaust Law, which had made it illegal to accuse the Polish authorities of complicity in the Holocaust after heavy criticism. The Polish Parliament voted to remove criminal penalties.


Turkey's President Extends Reign

Turkey's President Recep Erdogan extended his 15-year grip on power in a decisive election victory. Erdogan's crackdown on lawyers, judges, and journalists in recent years and last year's referendum giving him unchecked power over the legislature and judiciary have stoked fears of Turkey becoming an authoritarian state.


Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into Entertainment, Arts, Sports, and Media:


Senate Judiciary Committee Votes in Favor of Music Modernization Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a bill that would modernize the music copyright laws for the digital age. The Committee voted in favor of the Music Modernization Act, which was drafted to correct flaws and loopholes that have led musicians to complain about streaming services, including low compensation and unnecessary protections for such services.


MTV's "Catfish" Will Continue

MTV's show "Catfish" will resume filming after an investigation into sexual harassment claims turned up with no evidence of wrongdoing. The show's co-host Nev Schulman was accused by a guest of sexual harassment and a sexual encounter in which she was "in and out of consciousness." An independent investigation found the claims to be without merit.


Grammys Seek to Increase Diversity

In an attempt to increase gender diversity among its nominees, the Grammy Awards will expand the number of nominees in some of its top categories from five to eight. The Grammys were criticized in the past, including last year's award ceremony, where the only woman nominated for album of the year was not given a solo performance, and only one women was given a solo award in the handful of televised categories.


China Blocks HBO Website Over John Oliver Joke

China blocked HBO's website after comedian John Oliver, on his show "Last Week Tonight", denunciated China's human rights abuses and suppression of dissent and made fun of Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying: "Clamping down on Winnie-the-Pooh comparisons doesn't exactly project strength. It suggests a weird insecurity."



Wilder Name Dropped from Prestigious Award

The American Library Association will drop Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from its prestigious children's award because her books, published in the 1930's and '40s, contained prejudicial portrayals of Native American's and African Americans.


Artist Delivers Giant Heroin Spoon Sculpture to Purdue Pharma Headquarters

Artist Domenic Esposito unloaded a sculpture of a giant heroin spoon at the headquarters of Purdue Pharma to shame the company for what many see as the pharmacy industry's role in the growing opioid addiction crisis. The spoon, a depiction of a bent spoon used to cook heroin, was unloaded at the entrance of the headquarters. Esposito was issued a ticket and the spoon was eventually removed.


The British Museum Accepts Chinese Ivory Carvings

The British Museum accepted a donation of 556 Chinese ivory carvings. The museum's director, Hartwig Fischer, condemned the ivory trade but defended his decision to accept the donation by saying that nothing would be gained by destroying the ancient carvings.



Court Upholds NCAA Transfer Rule

The 7th Circuit upheld the NCAA's rule that student-athletes who transfer to another school must sit out a year. The court said that the rule doesn't undermine the amateur character of college athletics. A former Northern Illinois football player brought the suit, claiming the rule was an unreasonable restraint on trade.


Nassar Faces New Sex Abuse Charges

Disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was charged by Texas authorities with six counts of sexual assault at the former U.S.A Gymnastics training facility. Ex-Trainer Debbie Van Horn was also charged with one count of sexual assault. The incidents date back to the early 2000's. Nassar is serving a life term in prison for sexual assault of minors.


Suit Claims That NYC's Black and Latino Students Suffer From Racial Inequity in Sports Programs

A class-action lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court says that black and Latino students suffer from racial inequity in the NYC's public-school sports programs. It states that: "On average, Black and Latino students have access to far fewer teams and sports, and the city spends much less per student than for students of other races. Black and Latino students are twice as likely as students of other races to lack access to any public high school sports team whatsoever."


Court Rules That Lochte Can Be Prosecuted in Olympic Case

A Brazilian Court ruled that the swimmer Ryan Lochte can be prosecuted for filing a false police report during the Rio Olympics. An earlier case against Lochte was dismissed.


World Cup and Politics

FIFA, soccer's governing body, has had its fair share of political drama to go along with the drama on the field at the World Cup in Russia. In one instance, a Swiss player made a so-called double-eagle symbol after a goal against Serbia. The double-eagle is a nationalist sign rooted in the Albanian flag and viewed as a provocation in Serbia. In another instance, Egypt's star player Mohamed Salah was given honorary citizenship to the Chechen Republic by controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.


Police Commander to Face Trial for 95 Killed at Soccer Match in 1989

The police commander in charge during a 1989 soccer match in England where 96 people were trampled and crushed to death will face prosecution for 95 of those deaths. A 2016 inquiry into the tragedy found that the fans had been "unlawfully killed", citing errors and omissions in the planning and security by the police. This reversed the claims from the original investigation, which said that those who died had been responsible for their own deaths.



New York Times Cries Foul After FBI Seizes Reporter's Note From Illicit Affair

An affair between a 57-year-old senior aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee and 22-year old intern turned political journalist digging for dirt on President Trump, has lead to an arrest and confusion and fear in the Washington D.C. media. Former aide James Wolfe was arrested on June 7th for lying to investigators about his contacts with journalist including Ali Watkins. The investigators were searching for the source of leaks of classified information to the press. Watkins, a national security reporter for Politico, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times, and Wolfe, started the affair in 2013, and continued to see each other until last fall. Since Wolfe's arrest, the FBI seized Watkins's files in search of the source of the classified information leaked to her.


New York Times Reporter Must Testify in Baby Hope Murder Trial

The New York State Court of Appeals rules that New York Times reporter Frances Robles must testify about her jailhouse interview with the suspect in the Baby Hope Murder. The court declared that Robles could not appeal the trial court's rejection of her motion to quash the subpoena to testify, as only direct participants in a criminal proceeding can appeal a trial court's decision.


Facebook, Twitter Aim to Improve Transparency Around Advertisements

Facebook and Twitter unveiled tools to help bring transparency around advertisements. Twitter started requiring a verification process for any advertisers and will introduce a public searchable archive, which will allow anyone to view all ads run on its platform. Facebook announced a database of political ads for the public to view and made it easier to see background details, such as the buyers, of those ads.


Gunman Kills 5 at Maryland Newspaper

A gunman apparently angry at a newspaper over a column written about him in 2012, shot and killed 5 people at its offices. Jarrod Ramos barged into the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland and opened fire. Ramos apparently held a grudge about an article published in the Gazette about a court case that Ramos filed and lost.


BBC Apologizes to Editor Over Pay Gap

The BBC apologized to Carrie Gracie, its former China editor, over pay inequalities. In January, Gracie stepped down from her position citing discrepancy in her pay compared to her male colleagues. In a joint statement with Gracie, the BBC acknowledged the pay gap and apologized the Gracie and corrected its wrong.


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