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Top eight stories for today including Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic will close permanently after a judge ruled the state’s ban on the procedure can take effect; Experts see ideological forces behind the Supreme Court majority’s rush to recalibrate constitutional law; Scandinavian Airlines is losing millions of dollars each day due to a pilot strike, and more.

National

Biden touts pension bailout plan, trying to swing Ohio blue

Surrounded by employees at a union trading center in Cleveland, President Joe Biden highlighted a new policy Wednesday that he boasts will protect an estimated 2 to 3 million union workers and retirees from pension cuts.

President Joe Biden speaks at Max S. Hayes Hight School in Cleveland on July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden administration urges Fifth Circuit to save DACA program

Fighting to save a program that has allowed more than 600,000 undocumented immigrants to build their lives in the U.S., the Biden administration told a Fifth Circuit panel Wednesday it is part of the government’s solution to its lack of resources to deport the 11 million immigrants living in the country without papers.

Outside the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals building in New Orleans on July 6, 2022, demonstrators hold up signs in support of the immigration policy known as DACA. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

For SCOTUS watchers, judicial restraint has left the building

The conservative majority of the Supreme Court is making broad changes to American law on a tight timeline in moves that are giving the public, and even several justices, pause. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen behind a fence on May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Regional

Judge refuses to block near-total abortion ban in Mississippi

Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic will close permanently at the end of the day on Wednesday, after a judge ruled the state’s trigger ban on abortions and a separate six-week ban can take effect Thursday.

Anti-abortion activists, left, await patients arriving at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Georgia monument with mysterious history partially destroyed in explosion

The Georgia Guidestones, a monument which has become the subject of many conspiracy theories, was partially destroyed when an explosion blew apart a section of the granite slabs early Wednesday morning.

This aerial image taken from video shows damage to the Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (WSB-TV via AP)

10th Circuit revives First Amendment claims of student expelled over Nazi meme

A Denver school district that expelled a student over a Snapchat post of his friends offensively captioned with a Nazi meme reference must face the student’s First Amendment case, a 10th Circuit panel ruled Wednesday.

This Aug. 9, 2017, file photo shows the Snapchat app on a mobile device in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

International

US ambassador’s support of López Obrador’s past fraud claims could fuel election denial in 2024

The endorsement of past election fraud claims by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico could stoke similar allegations in the 2024 presidential election, according to political analysts consulted by Courthouse News.

Ken Salazar (Credit: Department of the Interior)

Scandinavian Airlines crippled by summer pilot strike

Two hundred flight mechanics working in Denmark for Scandinavian Airline Systems are planning to join a devastating strike in solidarity with airline pilots.

Scandinavian Airlines Systems planes are grounded at Oslo Gardermoen airport during pilots strikes in 2019. (Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)
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