Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Tomlinson, Demarche, Fedschun: US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in ‘unprovoked attack,’ central command says
“U.S. Central Command said in a statement the that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ISR aircraft, known as a BAMS-D, was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
‘Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,’ Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement. ‘This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.'”
Daley: Supreme Court Upholds Double Jeopardy Rule That Might Weaken Reach Of Trump’s Pardons
“The Supreme Court left undisturbed Monday a legal rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute individuals for the same conduct despite the Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy. The case was closely watched because of its possible ramifications for President Donald Trump, given continued speculation that he could pardon confidants facing criminal convictions like Paul Manafort. The pardon power authorizes the president to grant clemency for federal crimes, but does not reach state matters. […] The case was one for unexpected ideological bedfellows. Justice Samuel Alito delivered Monday’s opinion for a seven-justice majority, while Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Neil Gorsuch dissented. […] The majority opinion tracks a long history of legal treatises, English judicial practices, and American court decisions dating back to 1847. Together, that evidence establishes a clear basis for the separate sovereigns rule, the Court said.”
Christian Newswire: Planned Parenthood Refuses to Respond to Congressional Request for Information Regarding What Percentage of Abortions the Organization Performs on Women of Color
“Pro-life and human rights advocates are asking the simple question, ‘What is Planned Parenthood trying to hide?’ On March 11, 2019 Congressman Russ Fulcher sent a letter to Planned Parenthood’s President, Dr. Leana Wen, asking her to, ‘Please provide to me what percentage of abortions your organization performs on women of color.’ In that March 11 letter, Congressman Fulcher stated, ‘Margaret Sanger embraced a philosophy of racial discrimination and eugenics.’ He goes on to say, ‘I must do all that I can to ensure her racist and eugenic policies are still not being implemented today.’ In a letter sent to Dr. Wen on June 13, 2019, Congressman Fulcher shares, ‘It is most troubling that, after three months, I have not been given the courtesy of a response from you or your organization. I do not know the reason for your disregard . . . Stanton Public Policy Center is working closely with Congressman Fulcher and his staff on this critical issue. Stanton Public Policy is a Woman’s advocacy and educational group that works on issues of . . .'”