The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health in the following months. If the majority of justices agree to overturn Roe v. Wade or seriously curtail its capacity, 26 states will certainly or very likely ban abortion. These states contain half of America’s population of women of childbearing age.
On Wednesday, November 24, a jury found three men, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and their neighbor William Bryan guilty of multiple murder charges for killing Ahmaud Arbery, a high-profile case that attracted much attention and spurred nationwide protest for racial equality last year.
On Monday, President Biden signed the long-anticipated infrastructure bill into law, the culmination of his promise to improve America’s physical infrastructures and a victory of bipartisan cooperation.
On Friday, November 14, the sixth plenary session of China Communist Party’s Central Committee formally closed. According to an official summary of the meeting, the Committee approved a decision to rewrite the party’s history in order to elevate the status of its leader, Xi Jinping, and pave the way for his third consecutive term as general secretary.
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard two oral arguments to the Texas Heartbeat Act, one from abortion providers and the other from the federal government. The hearing seems to reflect a shift in opinion. Two of the conservative Justices, Kavanaugh and Barrett, who both voted against an injunction of the Heartbeat Act two months prior, hinted that they might allow challenges to the law.
More than 150 years after the Civil War, the unity of Maryland is once again put to the test. On October 22, The New York Times reported that six Republican lawmakers from the three counties had written a letter to West Virginian legislative leaders, seeking advice on how to proceed with a plan of seceding from Maryland to join West Virginia.
On Monday, the Public Design Commission of the New York City Council voted unanimously to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from the Council’s legislative chamber. The City Council plans to relocate the statue to the New-York Historical Society, but the decision for the relocation has been delayed.
On Tuesday, Frances Haugen, the secret source who had been leaking Facebook internal files to the press, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee. With her knowledge as a company insider, Haugen explained to the lawmakers the danger Facebook is breeding and gave insights into how the federal government can make social media safer.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, President Biden, along with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australia counterpart Scott Morison, announced a new defense initiative with Britain to help Australia develop and deploy a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. The initiative signifies a new era of American involvement in the Indo-Pacific, as well as changing alliances with…
The trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and former CEO of the blood-testing start-up Theranos, opened on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Holmes faces 12 counts of fraud and sentence up to 20 years if indicted.