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Entire Portland Police rapid response team quits after officer's indictment

Portland police officers during a protest in April 2021. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

The Portland Police Bureau announced Thursday that its entire Rapid Response Team left their voluntary positions on squad Wednesday after a fellow officer was indicted on an assault charge for allegedly using "excessive" and "unlawful" force during a protest last August.

Driving the news: Tuesday's indictment of officer Corey Budworth is the first time a Portland police officer has faced prosecution for striking or firing at someone during a protest, according to The Oregonian.

Blockbuster Supreme Court day

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The Supreme Court will give conservatives a lot of what they want — but not quite everything.

Driving the news: It voted 9-0 to carve out religious objections to same-sex marriage, saying foster-care agencies have a First Amendment right to turn away same-sex couples. But it also voted 7-2 to preserve the Affordable Care Act, saying Republican attorneys general did not have the legal standing to bring their lawsuit.

Supreme Court throws out child slave labor suit against Nestlé, Cargill

A woman member of an agricultural cooperative breaks a cocoa pod on a farm on the southern Ivory Coast in 2019. Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Nestlé USA and Cargill in a lawsuit that accused the corporations of helping perpetuate child slave labor in the Ivory Coast, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The ruling is yet another example of courts imposing "strict limits on lawsuits brought in federal court based on human rights abuses abroad," notes the New York Times.

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House votes to repeal 2002 authorization of military force in Iraq

Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces conduct and operation against the a terror group. U.S. military leaders have said they are confident in Iraqi security forces' ability to operate independently. Photo: Rewa Mahmood Hasan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The House voted 268-161 on Thursday to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, almost two decades after the resolution was first passed by Congress.

Why it matters: If passed by the Senate, the repeal of the AUMF would prevent U.S. presidents from carrying out attacks in Iraq without securing prior approval from Congress. The House also voted to repeal AUMF last year, but the measure was not taken up in the Senate and the Trump administration opposed the move.

House passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Juneteenth march on June 19, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The big picture: All those voting against the measure were Republicans. The vote comes one day after the Senate unanimously approved the bill and three days before the holiday.

Jun 16, 2021 - World

Mexico City metro collapse caused by construction errors, report finds

Aid workers and rescuers stand in front of rubble after a section of a bridge on metro line 12 collapsed in Mexico City. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Images

The collapse of an overpass in Mexico City's metro system in May was caused by "structural faults" in its construction, according to the preliminary results of an independent investigation released Wednesday, reports the the New York Times.

The state of play: The overpass' collapse partially derailed a metro train, killing 26 people and injuring dozens more.

Watchdog report: Federal Marshals have "inadequate" resources to keep judges safe

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The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) have "inadequate" resources to keep federal judges and other protected persons safe, according to a new report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General released on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The findings underscore the vulnerability of people protected by the Marshals Service at a time when threats are on the rise.

Heinrich says he hopes Manchin sees "opportunity" in supporting infrastructure through reconciliation

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Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hopes that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sees the "opportunity" to build a more "prosperous West Virginia" by supporting an infrastructure bill that would only require 51 votes for passage, Heinrich told Axios at a virtual event on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Manchin, a moderate, is opposed to passing an infrastructure bill through the budget reconciliation process and wants a package negotiated that can earn the support of 10 Republicans.

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Jun 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Senate Democrats start playing their climate cards

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It's the end of the beginning for Democrats' bid to steer climate legislation through the Senate with the narrowest possible majority.

Catch up fast: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday will trigger the next "reconciliation" process — that is, crafting spending and revenue measures immune from Senate filibuster.

Senate passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

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The Senate voted via unanimous consent on Tuesday to pass a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The big picture: Juneteenth is already commemorated in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The day memorializes when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned about their freedom on June 19, 1865, more than 2.5 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and months after the Civil War ended.

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