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Supreme Court ruling wipes out Republican-drawn House districts in N.C.

Supreme Court ruling wipes out NC redistrictingThe Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans' advantage.

The 5-3 ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, was the latest in a series of decisions by the justices against the excessive use of race in redistricting, the decennial process of drawing new district lines for Congress and state legislatures. Justice Clarence Thomas joined the court's four liberal justices in striking down the state's maps.

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In protest, students walk out on Mike Pence's Notre Dame commencement speech

Students walk out of Pence speech at Notre DameWhen Mike Pence took the stage at Notre Dame's commencement on Sunday, more than 100 students quietly got up from their seats and left. There were a few cheers. Some boos.

This was not a surprise, but rather a staged protest some students had been planning for weeks. When Notre Dame announced that the vice president and former governor of Indiana would be the university’s 2017 graduation speaker in March, the student organization WeStaNDFor began brainstorming ways to take a stand.

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Anthony Weiner to plead guilty to sexting with minor

Anthony Weiner to plead guiltyFormer Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned in 2011 over an earlier sexting scandal, will plead guilty Friday to charges of transferring obscene material to a minor, according to multiple media reports.

The 52-year-old Democratic congressman from New York, who is separated from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, will appear in a federal courtroom in Manhattan to enter a guilty plea under an agreement with federal prosecutors, The New York Times,The Washington Post and other outlets reported.

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Wrong-way Times Square car crash kills one, injures 22; drug-addled Navy veteran with DWI

A deranged motorist mounted a sidewalk and plowed into pedestrians in Times Square Thursday — killing one and injuring 22 others, cops and sources said
The driver, Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, was taken into custody following his three-block rampage, authorities said.

The Navy vet, who has two prior DWI arrests, was believed to be high on K2 and wracked by delusional thoughts.

Sources said Rojas, who was fascinated with Scientology, told cops something along the lines of, “This was the last day on Earth.”

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Disgraced Fox News CEO, Right-Wing Architect, and Key Trump Ally Ailes Dead at 77

Roger Ailes dies at 77Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who changed American politics by injecting right-wing conservatism into cable news (and vice versa), has died at 77.

The news was announced by his family; no cause of death has been reported. Citing two sources, New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman writes on Twitter that Ailes fell last week in Palm Beach, Florida, and suffered complications from a blood clot.

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Supreme Court leaves in place ruling that struck down N.C.'s voter ID law

Supreme Court leaves ban on voter repression in NCThe Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling that struck down North Carolina's voter identification law as unconstitutional because it was intended to suppress the votes of African Americans.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an unusual statement Monday saying the high court's decision not to wade into the case should not be taken as an indication of the justices' views on the broader issues at stake. He suggested the high court's decision was due to confusion over the newly-elected Democratic governor and attorney general's efforts to have the state back out of the litigation and accept the 4th Circuit's decision last year voiding the controversial measure.

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1.25 Million Dodge Ram Pickups Recalled Over Fatal Software Glitch

Dodge Ram recallMore than 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks are being recalled worldwide due to a software glitch that can cause some of the vehicles' airbags and seatbelts to fail during rollover crashes.

The problem has been linked to at least one death and two injuries, according to a statement by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The automaker also advised owners to watch for a warning light on the instrument panel for a possible failure.

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