Mar 27, 2018

Former Supreme Court justice: Repeal the Second Amendment

Students rallied for gun control this past weekend. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Supporters of gun control “should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment,” former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says in a New York Times op-ed. Stevens authored an impassioned dissent from the Supreme Court's 2008 decision that affirmed an individual right to bear arms, and said in his op-ed that the court’s ruling “has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.”

Between the lines: Since the 2008 ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed a series of state gun control laws to take effect, including assault-weapons bans passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. The court has declined to review lower court decisions upholding those laws — which isn’t quite the same as upholding them itself, but is still an indication that at least some limits on guns can survive, even with the Second Amendment intact.

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Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi ahead of Trump's visit

Rival protesters over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi, India, on Monday. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for calm Tuesday as deadly clashes erupted in the city's northeast between supporters and opponents of India's controversial new citizenship law.

Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — hours before President Trump and members of the U.S. first family were due to visit the city as part of their visit to India.

Go deeper: India's citizenship bill continues Modi's Hindu nationalist offensive

South Carolina paper The State backs Buttigieg for Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

White House requests $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus as U.S. cases rise

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 53.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,699 people and infected more than 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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