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Newsfeatures Budget for Thursday, June 25, 2020

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^Supreme Court 2020: Major rulings on abortion, Trump's tax returns still to come<

SCOTUS-RULINGS:LA — The Supreme Court is nearing the end of its term and ready to release major decisions on abortion, religion and the separation of powers between the president and Congress — specifically, whether House Democrats or a New York grand jury can obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns.

The court has already handed down a pair of surprises by extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ employees and by blocking Trump's repeal of the Obama-era program that protects the so-called Dreamers, the young immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. voted with the four liberals in both cases, triggering dismay and dissent among his colleagues on the right.

The chief justice also figures to hold the deciding vote in the biggest cases yet to be decided.

Here's a look at the major cases still pending, and the significant rulings so far.

1700 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED



^From Bolton to Mattis, Trump faces aides turned adversaries<

TRUMP-FORMERAIDES:BLO — As President Donald Trump's battle for reelection heats up, he faces an unusual and potent foe: a raft of former top aides and Cabinet members — including John Kelly, James Mattis, and now, John Bolton — who have turned against him.

It's normal to have dissent in the ranks, but the list of Trump advisers turned detractors is striking in its size, the seniority of its members and the vehemence of their critiques — especially for a president known to prize loyalty above all else.

Their proximity to Trump has brought a devastating level of detail and credibility to their appraisals of his tenure.

1300 (with trims) by Josh Wingrove in Washington. MOVED



^'Just make it home': The unwritten rules Blacks learn to navigate racism in America<

RACE-UNWRITTEN-RULES:KHN — Speak in short sentences. Be clear. Direct but not rude. Stay calm, even if you're shaking inside. Never put your hands in your pockets. Make sure people can always see your hands. Try not to hunch your shoulders. Listen to their directions.

Darnell Hill, a pastor and a mental health caseworker, offers black teenagers these emotional and physical coping strategies every time a black person is fatally shot by a police officer. That's when parents' worries about their sons and daughters intensify.

"They're hurting," Hill said. "They're looking for answers."

Hill, who is African American, learned "the rules" the hard way.

1200 by Cara Anthony in St. Louis. MOVED


^Will California rename this state park? Area confronts its racist history once more<

CALIF-PARK-NAME:SA — Sacramento's Gold Rush colonizer John Sutter came down on June 15, outside the hospital that bears his name. The next day, top California lawmakers ordered the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella at the Capitol.

As protesters have toppled statues and monuments to Confederate soldiers, colonizers, and those who owned and traded enslaved people, the Sacramento region is itself grappling with the symbols of racial injustice that are part of everyday life, particularly in the names of places.

One of the most striking is Negro Bar, a recreation area in Folsom. The name, which was changed from the N-word in the 1960s, according to California State Parks, is advertised with a sign and a place on the map that still reads as a shocking slur to many.

2600 (with trims) by Mara Hoplamazian and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^For A Black social media manager in the George Floyd age, each click holds trauma<

PROTESTS-SOCIALMEDIA-FIRSTPERSON:KHN — Recently, as I scrolled the more than 1 million tweets connected to the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, this is what flashed before my eyes: the black-and-white dashcam video of Philando Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, in handcuffs crying, her 4-year-old daughter trying to comfort her; protesters in Berlin standing in solidarity with the BLM movement; a Now This video of a young Black girl calling herself ugly; police attacking protesters and protesters fighting back; an image of George Floyd unable to breathe.

Suddenly neither could I. My chest tightened, my heart beat faster and hot tears began to bubble from my eyes.

For a person of color, engaging in this moment of collective trauma — whether by watching and sharing the video of George Floyd's death, discussing racial injustice on social media or speaking out in the 3D world — involves anxiously teetering across the fine lines between personal experience, obligations to the community, and — in my case — professional responsibilities. Since I manage a news organization's social media platforms, it's part of my job.

1300 by Chaseedaw Giles. MOVED




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