Dogs take the Brexit | Warren tries out | Republicans fail | and more
There's lots of history happening. See our coverage of the dramatic, unprecedented house sit-in. The rest of the tops news is below!
It's no secret presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is searching for a running mate, the question is: who? Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren may have the answer.
Warren has cautiously supported Clinton during the presidential race, she didn't endorse Clinton until it was clear Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders couldn't win.
Warren and Sanders have many of the same views when it comes to Wall Street. And it's possible a Clinton-Warren ticket would energize the #FeelTheBern crowd.
Warren will start campaigning for Clinton this week and the HRC is definitely considering her.
— steve (@thegopscaresme) June 14, 2016
Team Clinton, seeing Warren as progressive star, hasn't reached out to the Sanders camp about their thoughts on VP https://t.co/Bu8AmHvVea
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) June 23, 2016
Of course, it still is too early to decide, but it also does seem likely Warren won't be the pick because the two have a frosty relationship."
Warren is the most supported candidate by voting Democrats, so far. 35% of Dems want her to be the running mate.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) June 18, 2016
But the decision is also contested by Wall Street backers, a huge chunk of Clinton's campaign support:
as someone skeptical of elizabeth warren for vp, "wall street hates her," nudges me way in favor.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 20, 2016
The United Kingdom took to the polls today to decide if they will leave the European Union.
This decision is contentious across all Europe, and the world, because of the potentially harmful effects the Brexit (British exit) could have on the global economy. President Obama even urged Britain not to leave.
The Brexit is a confusing and incredibly heated decision, and politicians on both sides have been spreading massive lies to appeal to voters.
To combat the negativity surrounding the vote, UK activists are encouraging people to get out and vote in the cutest way possible: #DogsAtPollingStations.
— Referlendum Cresci (@elenacresci) June 23, 2016
— laura wilkey (@ljwilkey) June 23, 2016
— EJ Milner-Gulland (@EJMilnerGulland) June 23, 2016
— McCrimmons (@Mccrimmons) June 23, 2016
Hopefully, these pups are aware this a serious decision and take paws to think it over.
A masked gunman opened fired and captured hostages in a cinema in the small town of Viernheim, Germany. Initial reports said at least 25 people were injured, but then police announced no one was seriously harmed.
Except police killed the gunman.
Something serious is wrong with some humans. Thoughts are with all victims in the German theatre gunman nightmare. pic.twitter.com/ngzQoUPUCt
— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) June 23, 2016
Not to mention, the media, particularly Reuters and the Associated Press, mistakenly reported 50 people injured:
Media outlets wrongly report "as many as 50" injured in "mass shooting" at Germany movie theater: https://t.co/jTY5VTyfTQ
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 23, 2016
How common are mass shootings in Germany?
Mass shootings are rare in Germany because the country has strict gun laws. Gun violence kills about 50 people a year in Germany compared to America's roughly 11,000 deaths a year. Of course, America has a much larger population than Germany.
But in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting where 50 died, this act of terror feels all too familiar.
Currently, the US is taking part in a contentious debate about gun reform, and the attack in Germany is heightening concerns:
A shooting in Germany!? It's a gun free zone!? How could this happen!? ? #PrayForGermany
— R. D. Hutchinson (@LawlessPirate) June 23, 2016
>Germany has strict gun laws
>Has a shooting in a movie theater.
Hmm...maybe the guns themselves aren't the problem.
— Cant Stump the Trump (@CantStumpTrump1) June 23, 2016
A federal judge on Thursday struck down rules set in place that would have restricted protesters at next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on the grounds they were against freedom of speech.
The American Civil Liberties Union brought up the case against the city of Cleveland, taking issue with the size of the "designated event space" (an ordinance used for parades and other city events) that would limit protesters' movement and enact stricter security.
Given the history of aggressive protests at businessman Donald Trump's rallies, the concern for needed security does makes sense. More than 60 people have been arrested at Trump rallies, and close to 30 have been injured in total.
Will we see a similar number of arrests at the Republican National Convention?
In addition to ruling on President Obama's executive action on immigration reform, the Supreme Court also made a historic decision on affirmative action.
(Affirmative action is a policy of boosting diversity in jobs or college for minorities who typically suffer from discrimination.)
The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, has been a long time coming. Abigail Fisher brought up the case in 2008, arguing the University of Texas rejected her because her race. And she's white.
What was the ruling?
The Supreme Court favored the practice of affirmative action, allowing college admissions officials to continue considering race as an important fact for diversity:
“No decision since Brown v. Board of Education has been as important as Fisher will prove to be in the long history of racial inclusion and educational diversity.”
Affirmative action has helped generations of well-qualified minority students access higher education & new career opportunities
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) June 23, 2016
After 25 hours, and a serious fight both in the House and social media, Democrats have ended their sit-in on gun control.
Civil right's icon and Georgia Democrat Representative John Lewis, who led the sit-in, compelled activists in the American public to continue the fight against gun violence after the the protest ended.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 23, 2016
The conversation on gun reform will resume after the House returns on July 5th. Lewis promised supporters he will continue the fight.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 23, 2016
The entire protest was chaotic. The House democrats literally sat on the ground and at many points chanted, “No bill, no break!” or sang "We Shall Overcome." And the pushback from Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, was incredulous.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2016
But what was the sit-in about?
The answer to that question is controversial. Democrats leading the sit-in aimed to force a vote on gun legislation that Ryan wouldn't allow for "constitutional" reasons. They also were furious with the lack of gun reform in the wake of the Orlando shooting where 50 people died in the US' largest mass shooting to date.
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
Conservatives are skeptical. The sit-in didn't achieve political reform, but it did gain major attention on social media. Ryan and other House Representatives dismissed the sit-in as a "publicity stunt" Democrats orchestrated to win more seats and funding in the 2016 election.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 22, 2016
If you don't remember, Freddie Gray was a young black man from Baltimore who died in a police van.
His death was huge in the Black Lives Matter campaign because many accused police of intentional reckless driving after the officers gave Gray what is commonly called a "rough ride."
The driver of the police van, Caesar Goodson Jr., who was allegedly behind Gray's "rough ride," was acquitted on Thursday of all charges.
Charged more seriously than any of the other officers, Goodson was found not guilty of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office.
The news of this trial has infuriated many, leading to a protest outside of the courthouse:
— Fusion (@Fusion) June 23, 2016
"To say that we're devastated is an understatement."
— Fusion (@Fusion) June 23, 2016
But it also upset many on Twitter, including famous individuals, who have long supported Gray's family:
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) June 23, 2016
so NOONE killed #FreddieGray huh? word??
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 23, 2016
#FreddieGray did not kill himself.
That not a single officer is being held responsible for any malfeasance is absolutely preposterous.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 23, 2016
#FreddieGray's autopsy shows that he was clearly murdered yet not one officer has been convicted? Funny how that works. ?
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 23, 2016
A federal jury has convicted Pennsylvania Representative Chaka Fattah on charges of bribery, money laundering, racketeering, fraud, and more.
He will be sentenced in October and faces up to 20 years.
In a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (who had called for his immediate removal), Fattah said:
“I’m very sorry about the results that the jury rendered yesterday, and because of that my resignation is effective Oct. 3, 2016. Despite my resignation, I am working to clear my name of these charges and plan to mount an appeal.”
Fattah, hours after writing the letter, abruptly resigned. In another, one-paged letter to Speaker Ryan, Fattah wrote:
"Upon reflection, I hereby make official my resignation from the U.S House of Representatives effective immediately."
Fattah was first indicted in 2015 for mishandling campaign funds and had now joined the infamous list of more than two dozen members of Congress who have been indicted since 1980.
The US Supreme Court split in a dramatic 4-4 vote regarding President Obama's executive action on immigration reform. It will halt the administration's efforts for the rest of Obama's term.
The action would have protected nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation through Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This ruling is a major hit to the Obama administration, and Obama responded by expressing his disappoint:
Obama said it was heartbreaking for the millions of Americans living in the country, he was frustrated that the ruling came out because Republicans refused to approve a Supreme Court justice:
"Our founders conceived this country as refuge for the world. Welcoming wave after wave of immigrants kept us youthful and dynamic and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character and it has made us stronger. But for more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken.
And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be."
Obama isn't the only one frustrated by the ruling, there are many others who support immigration reform and are disappointed in the failure of its passing due to a split vote:
#SCOTUS rulings & Freddie gray acquittal making for a v bittersweet day. I wish this country cared abt supporting those that built it.
— montse (@venusinfuzzz) June 23, 2016
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) June 23, 2016
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Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.