The cyberattack that began yesterday in Ukraine has now reached 64 countries, including the United States. At first, it was thought to be a version of WannaCry, which struck 150 countries last month. Now it's called, "a type of ransomware that has never been seen before." That's according to Sheera Frenkel with the New York Times.
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Justice Neil Gorsuch has the US Supreme Court at full strength after more than a year with just eight members: four conservatives and four tending liberal. After avoiding important cases that might have produced tie votes, the Court is expected to come up with some blockbuster decisions in its next term. Partisan gerrymandering, gay rights, free speech, religion and immigration are all on the docket… after the court takes three months off. Is Gorsuch even more to the right than Antonin Scalia, the man he replaced? And…how come the court gets such a long vacation?
Kimberly Robinson, Bloomberg BNA (@KimberlyRobinsn)
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)
Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute (@ishapiro)
William Davenport Mercer, University of Tennessee
Winkler on why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court
Shapiro on why the Court's Trinity Lutheran decision was a no-brainer
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Sanford Levinson on why Supreme Court justices shouldn't serve life terms
William Davenport Mercer
CNN retracted a story about a Russian investment fund and accepted the resignations of three journalists — including a Pulitzer Prize winner. They relied on a single source which CNN calls a "massive break in protocol." Once again, the president attacked the media in a tweet.
Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, "We have gone to a place where if the media can't be trusted to report the news that's a dangerous place for America and I think if that's where certain outlets are going particularly to spike ratings and if that's coming from the top that's more scary and I think that's more disgraceful."
Erik Wemple, media columnist for the Washington Post, offers an assessment.
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