Today in One Paragraph
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the “one person, one vote” standard for apportioning legislative districts in Evenwel v. Abbott. People in Iceland are calling for the resignation of their prime minister in the fallout from Sunday’s release of the ‘Panama Papers.’ A federal judge in New Orleans approved a settlement of roughly $20 billion between BP, the federal government, and several U.S. states. And more than 200 migrants were sent back to Turkey from Greece in accordance with a new deal brokered by the European Union.
SCOTUS Rejects Conservative Challenge. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected a case brought by two Texas voters, who argued that legislative districts be drawn using eligible voters, rather than total population. Had the Court sided with Evenwel, critics say the American political landscape would have shifted to favor a whiter, older, and more conservative electorate. (Matt Ford, The Atlantic)
The Fallout From the ‘Panama Papers.’ Thousands of people in Iceland are protesting and demanding Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson’s resignation after a batch of documents leaked Sunday from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm, alleged he and his wife hid millions of dollars of investments in an offshore account. Other leaders mentioned in the documents include Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as leaders in Argentina, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. (Jessica Durando, USA Today; Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic)