Can the president be charged with obstruction of justice? A tweet by Donald Trump - or maybe his lawyer - is raising the question. His lawyer says the president can’t be guilty of obstruction of justice because, well, he’s the president. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether a baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The baker says it’s his First Amendment right to say no.
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Attorneys arguing on behalf of cakemaker Jack Phillips are part of a massive legal organization called Alliance Defending Freedom. That’s a conservative Christian “legal army” committed to defending Christians whom – they say – are being punished for living by their religious convictions.
After more than a month of secrecy, we now know that the LA Weekly’s new owners include attorneys, investors, a boutique hotel developer, and real estate developer. All of them are men, and most seem to have stronger ties to Orange County than to Los Angeles. One of them is Brian Calle. He used to be the opinion editor for the Orange County Register and 10 other Southern California News Group papers.
Brian Calle, LA Weekly
For the first time in the U.S., a woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth. Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas announced it on Friday. That’s where the woman got the transplant; she was born without a uterus. We learn about the mother and the uterus donor, risks behind the transplant and birth, and whether it will - or should - be a viable option for women across the U.S.
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The fracturing of the far-right, one year after Charlottesville On Sunday, white nationalists plan to march on Washington -- one year after the rally in Charlottesville. We talk with a reporter who’s been tracking neo-Nazi groups behind that action, and investigating why law enforcement failed to intervene in the violence.
Crazy Rich Asians director: Win or lose, I'm supposed to do this movie Director Jon M. Chu talks about why “Crazy Rich Asians” is so personal for him and the actors. And why he wants people to look back 10 years from now and not even remember that Crazy Rich Asians was a thing. It’s the first major Hollywood studio film with an all-Asian cast in 25 years -- based on Kevin Kwan’s international best-selling novel.
What's next for USC as Nikias resigns C. L. Max Nikias is out as USC’s president. The university has been embroiled in scandal after scandal, the latest over gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of sexually abusing students for decades. In May, hundreds of USC staffers called for Nikias to step down. When there was no follow-up, they sent out another petition last week. Now USC trustee Wanda Austin is stepping in as interim president.
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