SCOTUS Steers Clear of Second Amendment Case. The Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of a Connecticut law passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting that bans some semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines. (Ariane de Vogue, CNN)
Corruption in the Ranks. Three high-ranking officers from the New York Police Department, including a deputy chief, were arrested following an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fundraising. They stand accused of offering official services in exchange for gifts and favors from New York businessmen, one of whom was also arrested. (William K. Rashbaum and Joseph Goldstein, The New York Times)
Obama Backs Crist. The president endorsed Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida and ex-Republican, who is running for the 13th Congressional District. “Governor Charlie Crist has always put people above politics—and we need more of that in Washington,” Obama said in a statement. (Nora Kelly, The Atlantic)
Refugee Crisis. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a report that found more than 65 million were displaced last year by conflict and persecution. To put it in context, that figure is higher than the entire population of France. (Jamey Keaten, AP)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph: Hillary Clinton will hold a campaign event in Virginia and give a speech on the economy in Columbus, Ohio.
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“Hawking golf resorts one day, Mexican-border walls the next, could Hicks have guessed what her job would become? The gig she signed up for called simply for the ceaseless execution of one man's whims. And she did it with such aplomb that maybe she didn't notice that while the directive never changed, the stakes sure had.” GQ’s Olivia Nuzzi profiles Hope Hicks, the seemingly mild-mannered “27-year-old accidental press secretary for Donald Trump.”
Taking Trump to Task. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright argues in Time that Trump’s response to the shooting in Orlando—using the news as a cudgel to attack immigrants and their defenders with—stunts U.S. progress in the fight against terror.
Showdown in the Senate. The Senate is prepared to vote on four gun-control bills, prompted by the mass-shooting in Orlando, on Monday afternoon. But the proposals, which are similar to ones taken up in the past, will likely be rejected. Here’s why. (Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim, Politico)
Forgetting the Fourth Amendment. In a powerfully written dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor argues strongly against the Court’s decision to treat some evidence found in illegal stops as admissible: “By legitimizing the conduct that produces this double consciousness, this case tells everyone, white and black, guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time. It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged.” (Mark Joseph Stern, Slate)