12:30 Report

The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Aftermath of the abortion ruling

FILE - Demonstrators gather at the federal courthouse following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, June 24, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Some opponents of the decision are feeling despair over the historic rollback of the 1973 case Roe V. Wade legalizing abortion.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE – Demonstrators gather at the federal courthouse following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, June 24, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Some opponents of the decision are feeling despair over the historic rollback of the 1973 case Roe V. Wade legalizing abortion. If a right so central to the overall fight for women’s equality can be revoked, they ask, what does it mean for the progress women have made in public life in the intervening 50 years? (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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NEWS THIS MORNING 

Clarence Thomas has some thoughts about the media

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed interest this morning in making it easier to sue media outlets. 

How this came up: “Thomas’s statement came in response to the court’s decision to turn away an appeal from a Christian nonprofit group who disputed their characterization by the civil rights watchdog group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).” 

More context from The Hill’s John Kruzel and Harper Neidig 

➤ AND IN OTHER CASES FROM THE SUPEME COURT THIS MORNING
“The Supreme Court’s conservatives ruled on Monday for a high school football coach who was reprimanded for leading postgame prayers on the football field’s 50-yard line.” Details and back story 

IT’S MONDAY. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here.

🩺 Aftermath of the abortion ruling 

The fight has moved to the states:


Via The New York Times’s Kate Zernike, “The expanding battle over abortion set off by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is moving to state courts and legislatures, with a Florida judge scheduled on Monday to hear a challenge under state law to a ban taking effect this week and California lawmakers preparing to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to protect reproductive rights.” What to expect 

  ‘THE FINAL DAYS OF MISSISSIPPI’S LAST ABORTION CLINIC’

From The New York Times’s Richard Fausset 

 ‘ABORTION PROVIDERS CONFRONT NEW LANDSCAPE AFTER ROE’:
Via The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Calfas and Deanna Paul, “Abortion providers in several states across the country halted services in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, while supporters and opponents began to shift their focus to pill-based abortions and how new restrictions would be enforced.” What’s specifically happening in those states 

Where abortion has already been banned or restricted: 

More than a dozen states had laws in place to restrict or ban abortion access going into effect as soon as Roe v. Wade was overturned.  

Which states abortion laws went into place on Friday, June 24: Missouri, Louisiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona. Details for each state 

Many are wondering, what’s next?

“Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurrent opinion calling on the Supreme Court to reconsider landmark cases protecting access to contraceptives and LGBTQ rights is striking fear among Democrats, with many worried about how far the conservative court will go after it took the extraordinary step of reversing Roe v. Wade.” More from The HIll’s Mychael Schnell 

➤ NEW POLL — MANY AMERCIANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT OTHER RIGHTS
Fifty-six percent of Americans are worried that the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling could be used to overturn other rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. The full poll 

This was a tense weekend for our country:

Protests erupted across the U.S. this weekend after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that provides federal access to abortions.  

Here are some of the clashes from the protests 

➤ SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

A truck drove through a protest: CBS News tweeted, “A pickup truck drove through a group of abortion rights protesters and injured one person in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. No charges have yet been made against the driver.” Video of the incident 

Footage from a protest in BostonVia NBC’s Glenn Kirschner 

A number of companies are providing travel expenses for its employees to receive abortionsHere’s a list of some of the companies, via publicist Danny Deraney 

The National Press Building boarded up for protestsPhotos from Popville

📍 In Germany 

Basically, a meeting to discuss how to make Putin’s life miserable:


“The Group of Seven (G7) leaders are readying new penalties on Russia and additional assistance for Ukraine at a summit in Germany to underscore their support for Kyiv as it battles Russian forces for the fifth straight month.” 

The expanded sanctions: New tariffs on Russian goods, sanctions on Russia’s technology and sanctions on those involved with human rights abuses in Ukraine 

The new assistance to Ukraine: The U.S. is expected to provide an additional $7.5 billion  

Which countries are in the G7?: The U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada 

What we know about the new sanctions on Russia, via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant 

PHOTO OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN LEADERS GATHERED AROUND A TABLE
They are waiting to hear from Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyPhoto 

Wow, none of them are wearing ties: Here’s a photo of the G7 leaders posing for a group picture. “[T]ies are dead,” @dieworkwear tweeted. 

Op-edWhat is Putin’s next move? 

 ‘US PREPARING TO SEND ADVANCED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM TO UKRAINE
As part of the military assistance the Biden administration is providing Ukraine in its war with Ukraine. Details

➤ HOW BIDEN IS SHIFTING HIS ATTENTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THIS WEEK
Here’s a quick video explainerfrom The Hill’s Alex Gangitano

Getting traction 

I would watch the heck out of this reality show

In a Politico Magazine feature, Jessica M. Goldstein writes, “D.C. Power Players Are Paying Thousands of Dollars to Find Dates: Inside the expensive, awkward, and sometimes even romantic world of matchmaking DC’s elite.”  

Tidbit about the clientele: “[Elite] clients include: TV hosts; ambassadors; political fundraisers; children of senators; attorneys at the Department of Justice; high-up folks at Treasury, IMF and the SEC; owners of political consulting firms. TDR has been hired by the owner of a D.C. sports team, a speechwriter for Michelle Obama, and politicians in various stages of running for office looking for their campaign trail plus-one.”   

Read the full feature 

🦠 Latest with COVID 

 BY THE NUMBERS 

Cases to date: 86.7 million 

Death toll: 1,011,013 

Current hospitalizations: 25,621 

Shots administered: 593 million 

Fully vaccinated: 66.9 percent of Americans 

CDC data here. 

🐥Notable tweets 

These are the most relatable terms and conditions:  

@beyondreasdoubt tweeted, “buying a replacement part for the fridge and I have never laughed so hard b/c that is in fact exactly what I was about to do.” Screenshot of the terms they had to accept 

On tap 

The House and Senate are out. President Biden is in Germany. Vice President Harris is in Washington, D.C. 

  • 4 a.m.: Biden participated in a Group of Seven Summit Session on Ukraine. 
  • 6:30 a.m.: Biden participated in a working lunch on climate, energy and health. 
  • 8 a.m.: Biden participated in a family photo with Group of Seven leaders. 
  • 9:30 a.m.: Biden participated in a plenary with outreach partners and international organizations on food security and gender equality. 
  • 5:55 p.m.: Harris ceremonially swears in Bridget A. Brink as ambassador to Ukraine. 

All times Eastern. 

📺What to watch 

  • 1:30 p.m.: The White House director of drug policy testifies on overdoses. Livestream 

🎂 In lighter news 

Today is National Ice Cream Cake Day!  

And to leave you on a happy note, here’s a dog working on its singing audition. Let’s all be supportive!

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