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■ The ruling was 7-2, with even liberal justices Kagan and Breyer joining the majority—but it’s nevertheless considered a “narrow” decision because of what ScotusBlog calls “the breadth of the legal reasoning adopted.”
■ Download the full decision as a pdf. (Photo: Stefano Bolognini.)
■ A Green Bay Packers fan’s lawsuit against the Bears for forbidding him from wearing Packers colors on the sidelines during a pregame event at Soldier Field could affect whether NFL teams are able to discipline players who kneel during the national anthem.
■ (Corrected, 11:48 a.m.) Five
‘The absolute right to PARDON.’ In a tweet, President Trump asserts he can excuse himself for any crime—but adds, “Why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”
■ Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, says Trump couldn’t be indicted—even “if he shot James Comey.” (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)
■ Tuesday’s vote in California poses one of the Democrats’ biggest primary tests of 2018.
Elevator dangers. A seven-month investigation by the Better Government Association and WBEZ spotlights unsafe elevators, shoddy record keeping and failed oversight at the Chicago Housing Authority—where, in 2015, firefighters were dispatched to rescue trapped passengers at a rate more than four times that of other elevator-equipped buildings across the city.
■ At the heart of it: management firms tied to some of the city’s most powerful political figures.
2 + 29 + 3. By the Tribune’s tally, 34 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend: Two killed, 29 wounded, another three hurt accidentally.
■ In a surprise commencement speech, Jimmy Fallon told students who lived through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre: “You took something horrific, and instead of letting it stop you, you started a movement.” (See video of his speech here.)
‘Parents, citizens, taxpayers — all of us ought to be outraged by this report.’ Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, who has two kids in Chicago Public Schools, says the paper’s report on sexual abuse of students “reveals an absolutely unacceptable environment. … And now we’re not going to shut up until it’s fixed.”
■ The Trib’s full report.
‘These doors are closed right now, which I think is symbolic of what the administration is doing.’ A U.S. senator tried to visit a detention facility for immigrant children—until management called the cops.
■ ThinkProgress: “If a U.S. senator can’t see what conditions children are being housed in, who can?”
■ A history prof in The New York Times: “For long stretches of American history, it was commonplace for children to be snatched from their families.”
‘We are the big melting pot.’ A minister hails a Chicago suburb’s revocation of a law making English its official language.
■ PolitFact Illinois: No, Chicago isn’t the only metro area losing residents.
Next from Apple. New operating systems for the iPhone and the Macintosh get a preview
■ The New York Times: Facebook gave Apple and other device makers deep access to data on users and their friends.
■ … but Facebook says it’s ending many of those deals.
■ 15 privacy settings to review right now.
■ Microsoft is buying “the Switzerland for developers and their code,” GitHub.
Thanks … to reader Chris Koenig for (still more) link suggestions.