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On this last decision day of the term, the US Supreme Court did not fade gently into the summer with a 4­4 tie on a controversial issue ­­ instead the justices struck down a Texas abortion law. Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote, handing abortion rights activists their biggest win in a generation. We  hear what it means for other states like Mississippi and Wisconsin, which are facing similar challenges.

Also, Britain’s exit from the EU is no less divisive four days after the vote ­­there’s an online petition for a 2nd referendum, jitters in global markets, and UK police have fielded reports of allegedly Brexit related racial abuse and hate crimes. 

Later on the program, it seems that gerrymandering ­­ the process of setting electoral districts to the benefit of a certain party ­­ is as old as the electoral process itself. Journalist David Daley says redistricting has reached a level of sophistication so precise that it precludes democracy ­­and hardly matters who the candidate is anymore.

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas Abortion Restrictions 22 MIN, 8 SEC

The US Supreme Court handed down a win for abortion rights ­­voting 5-­3 to strike down a restrictive Texas abortion law that activists argued would have shut down all but a handful of clinics in the state. It’s the court’s most sweeping ruling on abortion in two decades. And it could deter other states from imposing strict regulations on clinics as a means of forcing them to close.

The law ­­HB 2­­ required clinics to have surgical facilities and doctors with admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The justices ruled 5-­3 that the law put an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. It’s the Supreme Court’s first major ruling on the issue in two decades.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network (@jcnseverino)
Helen Knowles, State University of New York at Oswego
Stephanie Toti, Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights)

Brexit Fallout Continues: Its Implications for the World 27 MIN, 25 SEC

It’s been 4 days since British voters decided to withdraw from the European Union. The fallout continues, in the form of scared global markets, and jockeying for power among British politicians. And that’s led to intensifying discussion about whether the “Brexit” could be altered or avoided. But Prime Minister David Cameron,­ who’s already said he’ll resign,­­ doesn’t think that’s an option. 

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Guests:
Michael Goldfarb, freelance journalist (@MGEmancipation)
Charles Cooke, National Review Online (@charlescwcooke)
Mark Blyth, Brown University (@MkBlyth)

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