Supreme Court, 2020 Debate, E. Jean Carroll: Your Thursday Evening Briefing


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1. The Supreme Court said the Constitution does not bar partisan gerrymandering, a momentous decision on the disputed topic of election maps.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court’s conservative majority, did not defend the practice, but said courts lacked the authority to decide when politics had played too large a role in redistricting. That drew a spirited dissent from the court’s four liberal voices, led by Justice Elena Kagan.

The court also rejected the Trump administration’s rationale for adding a citizenship question to the census. This time joined by the four liberal justices, Chief Justice Roberts said the justification “appears to have been contrived.” President Trump indicated he would try to delay the census if necessary to make further arguments.

2. With the first Democratic presidential debate, above, in the books, we turn to the second round tonight.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and six other presidential candidates will take part in the debate, which begins at 9 p.m. We’ll have live updates and analysis at Here are the political dynamics to watch for and everything else you need to know.

3. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, agreed to pass the Senate’s border aid bill without restrictions, a stinging defeat after a show of Democratic disunity.

“In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill,” she said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers, who passed the $4.6 billion emergency humanitarian aid package late Thursday.

Her retreat came after Vice President Mike Pence gave Ms. Pelosi private assurances that included, according to a person familiar with the discussions, that the administration would notify lawmakers within 24 hours after the death of a migrant child in custody and limit children’s stays in temporary intake facilities to 90 days.


4. E. Jean Carroll called two friends years ago, saying that Donald Trump attacked her. “I think he raped you,” one said. The two are speaking out for the first time.

“These traumas stay with you,” said one of them, Carol Martin, a former TV host. “I didn’t know what to do except listen.”

Ms. Martin and the other friend, Lisa Birnbach, said they were coming forward now to bolster their friend, especially since she had been attacked in recent days by doubters and some supporters of Mr. Trump.

5. The Group of 20 economic summit is beginning in Japan, where it’s 13 hours ahead of Eastern time. You can follow the events of the first day here.

President Trump, above during a bilateral dinner with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, prepared by going on the offensive. He complained that if the U.S. were attacked, Japan would do nothing but “watch it on a Sony television”; called Germany a security freeloader; and said India’s tariffs on American goods were “unacceptable.” He was silent on Russia, whose president, Vladimir Putin, he’ll be meeting.

Mr. Trump and President Xi Jinping of China are set to meet on Saturday, and while both leaders appear open to a truce in the trade war, they have hardened their positions.

6. An Alabama woman was five months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach in December. This week, she was charged with the death of her fetus.

Marshae Jones was booked into jail in Jefferson County, Ala., on charges of manslaughter. The police hold that she is culpable because she started the fight that led to the shooting and failed to remove herself from harm’s way.

Alabama is among 38 states that have fetal homicide laws. Last year, our Opinion section looked closely at how such laws came about, how they conflict with women’s rights and how often women charged with pregnancy-related crimes are poor and nonwhite.


7. And the next major mission to explore the solar system is …

Dragonfly, a quadcopter drone capable of soaring across the skies of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and landing intermittently to take scientific measurements. It beat out the other finalist, Caesar, which would rendezvous with a comet and collect a pristine sample for study back on Earth.

The missions have been under consideration for two and a half years in NASA’s class of missions called New Frontiers, which are supposed to cost less than $1 billion. Think “Shark Tank” but for deep space exploration.


8. Thirty minutes to let it all soak in.

FIFA grants teams a half-hour before each World Cup game to have the stadium to themselves. We tagged along with the U.S. team on a recent session, which offered players a chance to walk barefoot, take selfies and experience the quiet before the storm.

England beat Norway, 3-0, today in a quarterfinal. The U.S. plays France on Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Separately, Megan Rapinoe reaffirmed her pledge to skip any visit by the team to the White House after the World Cup, apologizing only for using an obscenity to express herself earlier.


9. Fifty years ago tonight, a police team quietly waited for the go-ahead to raid the Stonewall Inn.

The hours of unrest that followed are largely understood as the spark that started the L.G.B.T.Q. movement. We reconstructed what happened. Above, the bar in 1969. For many regulars, it was “a bar for the people who were too young, too poor or just too much to get in anywhere else.”

A year later came the first New York Pride March: the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. It wasn’t feathers, floats and celebrities, but an act of “desperate courage,” one writer recalls.


10. And finally, hot dogs! Cold beer! Cracker Jack! In London?

The Yankees and the Red Sox are playing the first regular-season M.L.B. games in Europe this weekend. Organizers are working hard to give the games the flavor of a typical June series.

Concessionaires went through a crash course on how to induce people to pay for food and drinks from their seats, and infield dirt and clay is being shipped in from Pennsylvania.

There will even be mascot races: Freddie Mercury, Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster will battle it out.

Three strikes, and we’re outta here.


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