Monday, March 27

Heat wave, Finland NATO announcement, SCOTUS justices: Daily Briefing

A spring heat wave is expected to hit swaths of the U.S. this week. The Supreme Court’s nine justices will meet in private for the first time today since the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Finland’s leaders announced support for NATO membership, paving the way to potentially expand the alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank. The NFL will reveal its 2022 schedule in an epic TV special.

I’m Nicole, bringing you Thursday’s news. 🕯 Today we are are remembering our beloved friend and colleague, Dustin Barnes

🌅 Up first: The Senate failed Wednesday to pass a bill would have made Roe v. Wade national law. The means the first attempt to enshrine the right to abortion failed following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark decision. The effort failed 49-51, and Republicans decried the bill as a radical step that would go much further than what Roe guarantees. Polls show most Americans support abortion rights, and Democrats hope the fight over access will drive them to victory in the midterm elections. The vote allows Democrats in the Senate to draw a distinct comparison between themselves and Senate Republicans, most of whom are anti-abortion.

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