ESSENTIAL #1: “MICHIGAN’S JOHN DINGELL, LONGEST-SERVING MEMBER IN CONGRESS, DIES AT 92” TODD SPANGLER, DETROIT FREE PRESS
From the article: “Former U.S. Rep. John David Dingell Jr., who was one of the U.S. House’s most powerful chairmen and helped write and pass some of the most consequential legislation in the nation's history, died Thursday. He was 92.
Dingell, of Dearborn, served nearly 60 years in the House, making him the longest-serving member in Congress' history. He stepped down in early 2015. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, confirmed his death for the Free Press at about 9:30 p.m.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “GARY HAUGEN DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST” LEAH MARIEANN KLETT, CHRISTIAN POST
From the article: “At the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast, Gary Haugen, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, urged the nation’s political leaders to unite in fighting modern slavery, emphasizing that ‘even in this divided era, there is good that we all agree should be done.’
Delivering the keynote address at the annual event held at the Washington Hilton on Thursday, Haugen, who formerly served as a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, said that while the ‘holy faithfulness of God’ should keep people from ‘growing weary of doing good,’ it’s easy to become tired and discouraged — particularly amid what he called the ‘fracturing of the American family.’”
ESSENTIAL #3: “REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTES AND SEN. ED MARKEY RELEASE GREEN NEW DEAL OUTLINE” DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN, NPR
From the article: “In very broad strokes, the Green New Deal legislation laid out by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture. In the process, it aims to create jobs and boost the economy.
In that vein, the proposal stresses that it aims to meet its ambitious goals while paying special attention to groups like the poor, disabled and minority communities that might be disproportionately affected by massive economic transitions like those the Green New Deal calls for.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “SUPREME COURT BLOCKS LOUISIANA ABORTION LAW” ADAM LIPTAK, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana lawthat its opponents say could have left the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions.
The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority. That coalition underscored the pivotal position the chief justice has assumed after the departure last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who used to hold the crucial vote in many closely divided cases, including ones concerning abortion.”
Note from the Editor-in-Chief: The Supreme Court also overturned the stay of the execution of Dominique Ray, who was executed by lethal injection last night. The decision of SCOTUS to intervene was widely criticized by advocates against the death penalty, but also advocates for religious freedom. Alabama denied Ray, a Muslim, from having a Muslim clergymember present at his execution, offering him only a Christian chaplain.