Eerste ding: supreme court abortion ruling sure to inflame America’s divisions

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Millions of women lost their constitutional right to abortion on Friday after America’s highest court overturned a near 50-year-old ruling and other precedents enshrining that right, leaving only 25% of Americans with confidence in the institution.

Die besluit, though widely expected after a draft opinion was leaked last month, was nevertheless a stunning aftershock of Donald Trump’s presidency and sure to inflame America’s divisions. It also cemented the supreme court’s emergence as an alternative centre of power that threatens to rupture the delicate governing balance of executive, legislature and judiciary.

Net 24 hours earlier, the justices had struck down New York state’s limits on carrying concealed handguns in public, potentially opening the way to fresh legal challenges to other state-level gun laws despite recent mass shootings in California, New York and Texas. It was a triumph for the gun lobby and a blow to Joe Biden’s efforts to curb violence.

Simon Schama, a leading historian, tweeted on Friday: “American democracy is in deep trouble. It can’t survive in its present form if the constitution is manipulated to impose minority rule.”

When the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack revealed evidence showing Republican members of Congress had sought preemptive presidential pardons after January 6, one of the most striking requests came from congressman Mo Brooks.

The request from Brooks to the Trump White House came in an 11 Januarie 2021 email – obtained by the Guardian – that asked for all-purpose, preemptive pardons for lawmakers involved in objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.

Brooks in the first instance sought preemptive pardons for “every Republican who signed the Amicus brief in the Texas lawsuit” that sued then-vice-president Mike Pence to unilaterally decide whether to certify Biden’s win in certain battleground states.

The Alabama congressman also recommended in the email to former Oval Operations coordinator Molly Michael that Donald Trump issue pardons for “every congressman and senator who voted to reject the electoral college vote submissions of Arizona and Pennsylvania”.

Ruben Ruiz, a school district police officer in Uvalde, Texas, was standing in a hallway outside the classroom where his wife taught fourth-graders a couple of days before summer break. His wife, Eva Mireles, had just called his cellphone, begging for help after an intruder had shot her and her students.

Ruiz was among 18 officers who had rushed over to his wife’s school, Robb elementary, in response to reports of an active shooter. He was ready to charge in with a few of his fellow law enforcement officers, battle the 18-year-old rifleman who had invaded the campus, and hopefully save his wife and her students.

But Ruiz’s fellow officers didn’t back him up when he began advancing toward Mireles’s classroom door. They stopped him, stripped him of his service gun and made him leave the campus.

“She had been shot and was dying,” Texas’s public safety chief, Steve McCraw, said of Mireles while speaking earlier this week to a panel of state lawmakers investigating the attack at Robb elementary on 24 Mei. “And what happened to [Ruiz] is he … was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”

A US navy destroyer that engaged in the largest sea battle of the second world war in the Philippines has become the deepest shipwreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B Roberts, popularly known as the Sammy B, was identified on Wednesday, broken into two pieces on a slope at a depth of 22,916ft (6,985 meter), or about four miles. That puts it 1,400ft deeper than the USS Johnston, the previous deepest wreck discovered last year in the Philippine Sea.

Instead of restricting and banning ammunition and guns, Ibram X Kendi writes, it is antiracist books and education that are banned, particularly in the US. Instead of arming teachers with expertise on how to teach about racism, teachers are being asked to arm themselves with guns. Fears of dark bodies over the last few decades have, in the US and the UK, also justified the accumulation of police and prisons, which has contributed to the defunding of public safety nets, public health, public libraries, public schools relied on by children and families.

Dangerous viruses can remain infectious for up to three days in fresh water by hitchhiking on plastic, het navorsers bevind. Enteric viruses that cause diarrhoea and stomach upsets, such as rotavirus, was found to survive in water by attaching to microplastics, tiny particles less than 5mm long. They remain infectious, researchers found, posing a potential health risk. “We weren’t sure how well viruses could survive by ‘hitchhiking’ on plastic in the environment, but they do survive and they do remain infectious,” Prof Richard Quilliam, lead researcher, gesê.

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations have mocked Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Germany dominated by the Russian president’s invasion of Ukraine. As the leaders sat down for their first meeting of the three-day G7 summit in the sweltering Bavarian Alps, Boris Johnson asked if their jackets should come off – or if they should even disrobe further. “We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin,” Johnson said, to laughter. Johnson suggested the leaders “show them our pecs”.

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