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OnPolitics Today: Trump gets a Supreme Court win (sort of)

  • June 27, 2017






The Supreme Court had a mixed ruling on President Trump’s revised travel ban. We broke it down.

Monday’s Supreme Court decision to let President Trump’s travel ban go into effect looks like a win, if you squint.

The nation’s highest court actually OK’d a weaker version of the controversial policy, a Diet Trump Ban that gave the president that great victory taste without all the calories of his full-fledged proposal.

Also on Monday: The court dumped a pile of other rulings affecting same-sex couples and religious folks, and the CBO found that 22 million will lose health coverage under the GOP’s latest proposal. 

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Trump’s squishy ban

Yes, Diet Trump Ban technically halts travel from six mostly Muslim countries. But anyone who can prove “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” can freely enter, the court said. Most of the 100,000 who legally entered the U.S. from those countries last year would have qualified under the court’s new criteria. Still, Trump touted the compromise as a “clear victory” after his ban suffered a slew of defeats in lower courts nationwide. Here’s our guide to what the decision actually means. 

The court hears the case for realisies in October, though, meaning Monday’s verdict could change.

CBO: Senate health bill would leave 22 million without coverage

The Senate bill aiming to overhaul health care would leave 22 million without coverage by 2026, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in an estimate on Monday. That’s just one million shy of what the House version — which Trump himself called “mean” — would do, per the office. Most of that damage, to the tune of 15 million uninsured, would come by 2018 if the Senate’s proposal went into effect. Republican leaders aim to pass the bill in the Senate this week — if they can get their own party to like it.

Also in the Supreme Court: Gay wedding cakes and public funding for churches

Also on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that: 

  • A Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican boy may not qualify for immunity, and his family can seek damages in court (against the government’s wishes).
  • Religious institutions should be able to get public funding for purely non-religious purposes — a playground, for instance. 
  • Same-sex couples should get the same treatment as opposite-sex couples on their children’s birth certificates.

The court also agreed to hear from a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. That’s slated for this fall. 

Elsewhere in politics

  • Ivanka Trump, White House adviser: ‘I try to stay out of politics’
  • President Trump hits Obama over response to Russia election meddling
  • ‘God gave us one more chance’ with Trump, Koch donor says
  • Despite differences, Trump says partnership with India’s Modi ‘never looked brighter’



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