Good afternoon. Today's PM is 439 words, a 2 minute read.
Situational awareness: House Democrats will pass the Trump-approved GOP emergency budget funding, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today.
1 big thing: The Supreme Court's historic day
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is now firmly in control of a firmly conservative court, and the concessions conservatives sometimes have to accept from him are not large, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
- The case had echoes of the challenge to Trump’s travel ban, in which Roberts opted not to question the administration’s motives.
- This time, the mountain of evidence was simply too big, Roberts said. “We cannot ignore the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given,” he wrote.
- But the court gave the administration the chance to try again. It may well be able to add the citizenship question in the end, even without delaying the survey, election-law expert Rich Hasen writes.
The big picture: Even if it can’t, and the Census proceeds without a citizenship question, that loss pales in comparison to the victory conservatives won in the day’s real blockbuster ruling, on partisan gerrymandering.
- Roberts effectively gave state legislatures a green light to be as aggressive as they want in redrawing legislative maps to preserve their partisan advantage. After today, no federal court will be able to tell a state it has gone too far.
- Republicans don’t have a monopoly on gerrymandering. The court was considering one GOP-led map and one that favored Democrats. But because Republicans control more state legislatures right now, they’ll benefit more from the unrestrained power to preserve those majorities.
The bottom line: Roberts may have denied Trump a question on the Census, but he’s handed the Republicans in control of most statehouses an incredibly valuable tool to preserve that power.
Bonus: Chart du jour
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2. What you missed
- More than 15 million tuned in to the first Democratic debate last night on live TV. Go deeper.
- Ford intends to cut 12,000 jobs in Europe by the end of 2020 as part of a broader plan to reduce costs. Go deeper.
- Temperatures in France have risen to dangerous levels, resulting in a "red" weather warning, the highest level, for the Marseille and Montpellier areas. Go deeper.
- Twitter will flag — but not ban — politicians' tweets that break its rules. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing
Upscale restaurants "have long tried to accommodate requests for Wikki Stix and a kid’s menu. Now some are getting more creative to keep youngsters occupied," the WSJ reports.
- "Tours, baby sitting, specialty classes, movies and unique play spaces are popping up even in deluxe dining rooms."
- "The goal: Keep the kids too distracted to distract the adults."
Why it matters: "These days, parents are most likely to pick a dinner spot requested by their child."