Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.29.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The high court makes even more news: “The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday afternoon to put a hold on court rulings that have reduced the number of abortion clinics in Texas. Four of the court’s conservatives – Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – dissented.”
 
* Greece roils global markets:  ”Stocks closed with their biggest losses of the year as investors worry about fallout from Greece’s worsening debt crisis. Greece is moving closer to defaulting on its debt and could be forced to abandon the euro currency.”
 
* Talks continue: “Seeking to calm a whirlwind of uncertainty that has battered global markets, opened deep fissures in European unity and threatened to push Greece out of the eurozone, European leaders insisted on Monday that a deal was still possible to settle Greece’s spiraling debt crisis.”
 
* Helpful overview: “So Greece faces a hard choice: it can accept the Troika’s demands for further austerity. Or it can defy the Troika, which would likely lead to a default on Greek debt and possibly a Greek exit from the euro. The Greek government is holding a referendum on July 5 to let voters choose between these bad options.”
 
* This won’t be pretty, either: “Puerto Rico’s governor, saying he needs to pull the island out of a ‘death spiral,’ has concluded that the commonwealth cannot pay its roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that will probably have wide-reaching financial repercussions.”
 
* After 22 days, it’s over: “Convicted murderer and escaped inmate David Sweat was shot near the Canadian border Sunday by a New York state police officer, according to authorities.”
 
* A case to watch: “On Monday morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will again be taking up a challenge to university affirmative action policies – in the same case it punted on two years ago. The court will again be hearing the case of Abigail Fisher, a white student denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.”
 
* Show of hands: does anyone believe this? “Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma says he has a lot of friends in the LGBT community who thought the Supreme Court decision on Friday ruling bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional was a ‘bad decision.’”
 
* Kansas: “Kansas’ controversial new school finance law and the cuts it made to state aid for poorer school districts are unconstitutional, a panel of judges ruled Friday, ordering lawmakers just wrapping up a record-long legislative session to inject more money into public schools.”
 
* Unintentionally hilarious, week-long course: “Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, two key players in the George W. Bush administration, are teaching a course this fall on decision-making in the 2003 Iraq War.”
 
* Trump: “NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.”
 
* A compelling take from James Fallows, a former White House speechwriter who understands this topic well: “I think Barack Obama’s eulogy yesterday for parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.29.15