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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is not the revolutionary that conservative activists want him to be, Axios' Sam Baker writes:
Why it matters: The idiosyncrasies that shape Roberts' approach to high-profile cases are becoming more clear over time. And because the Supreme Court has the final say on almost every political issue of any consequence, those idiosyncrasies often become the law of the land.
Driving the news: Over the past few weeks, Roberts sided with the court’s liberal bloc on abortion, LGBTQ discrimination and DACA. And he wrote Thursday's 7-2 ruling that said Manhattan prosecutors can subpoena Trump’s taxes and other financial records.
The big picture: Roberts is not turning into a liberal. The law either stays put or moves to the right almost every time he is in the majority, even when it’s a majority with the more liberal justices.
"He's a conservative minimalist," said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and a prominent conservative legal expert.
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By letting the coronavirus surge through the population with only minimal social-distancing measures in place, the U.S. has accidentally become the world’s largest experiment in herd immunity, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes.
Separating older, sicker people from younger, healthier ones while the virus burns through the latter group could be a way to achieve herd immunity — assuming immunity exists — without hundreds of thousands of people dying.
A bartender mixes a drink in Santa Clarita, Calif. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
The N.Y. Times' Laz Gamio visualized the percent change in average daily cases since states reopened (7-day rolling average):
Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others joined in painting "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower yesterday.
Joe Biden introduced a New Deal-like economic agenda, "Build Back Better," that he touted as the most aggressive government investment in the U.S. economy since World War II, AP writes from Dunmore (get it?), Pa.
Biden called for a $400 billion, four-year increase in government purchasing of U.S.-based goods and services, plus $300 billion in new research and development in U.S. technology firms.
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After Chicago endured one of the deadliest holiday weekends in local memory, President Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity during a live phone interview last night that the federal government may intervene "sooner rather than later."
P.S. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ended her news briefing yesterday by displaying the faces of eight young victims of gun violence, ages 1 to 14, six of whom died in Chicago this summer. —Chicago Tribune
Michael Cohen went back to prison yesterday after the N.Y. Post photographed him dining alfresco last week, and he refused to submit to the terms of his home confinement.
"I’ll sign exactly what you want me to sign, so I don’t have to go back to jail,” Cohen whined to the lawmen who proceeded to chain him and take him into their custody, his former lawyer and friend Lanny Davis told the Post.
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The Big Ten's decision to play fall sports only in-conference could force all major conferences to follow suit, resulting in what would essentially be a regionalized college sports season, Axios Sports editor Kendall Baker writes.
More than a dozen schools have reported positive tests for the virus among athletes in the past month. The Ivy League canceled all fall sports this week, and Stanford announced it was cutting 11 varsity sports.
TikTok users have again tried to prank President Trump, flooding his official campaign app with thousands of one-star reviews, Bloomberg's Shelly Banjo and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou report.
The app now has an overall rating of 1.2 stars — and more than 103,000 one-star reviews.
The debate over mask-wearing has received the Hamilton treatment, with YouTube's Holderness Family pitting both sides against each other to the tune of some of the musical's biggest songs.
Hat tip: Axios executive editor Sara Goo
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