ESSENTIAL #1: “SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SPLIT ALONG UNEXPECTED LINES IN 3 CASES” NINA TOTENBERG, NPR
From the article: “With less than two weeks left in the U.S. Supreme Court's term, the justices handed down four decisions on Monday. Defying predictions, three were decided by shifting liberal-conservative coalitions.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH OREGON BAKERY THAT REFUSED TO MAKE CAKE FOR SAME-SEX WEDDING” ARIANE DE VOGUE AND DEVAN COLE, CNN
From the article: “The Supreme Court on Monday wiped away a ruling that went against a bakery in Oregon that refused to make a cake to celebrate the wedding for a same-sex couple.
The justices sent back the case pitting religious liberty concerns against LGBTQ rights to the lower courts for further consideration in light of last term's ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.
The move puts off a major case that could have been heard next term during the heart of the presidential election and allows the issue to further percolate in the lower courts.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “IRAN THREATENS TO EXCEED SOME LIMITS OF NUCLEAR DEAL, AND TRUMP ORDERS DEPLOYMENT OF 1,000 MORE TROOPS” EDWARD WONG, HELENE COOPER AND MEGAN SPECIA, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “Tensions between the United States and Iran flared on Monday as Tehran said it would soon breach a key element of the 2015 international pact limiting its nuclear program, while President Trump ordered another 1,000 troops to the Middle East and vowed again that Iran would not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “JOE BIDEN AND OTHER CANDIDATES SPEAK TO DIVERSE FAITH LEADERS, ACTIVISTS” JACK JENKINS, RELIGION NEWS
From the article: “Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a major forum on faith and poverty issues Monday afternoon, fielding questions from faith leaders and low-income Americans during a gathering organized by the Poor People’s Campaign.”