Jun 9, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg warns of a polarizing Supreme Court

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At a conference for judges, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned of more 5-4 decisions ahead — noting that of 43 new cases decided since October, just over a quarter had a 5-4 or 5-3 vote. AP's Jessica Gresk0 reports.

Why it matters: Those rulings tend to split the court's five more conservative justices from its four liberal members, including Ginsburg. The remarks suggest close votes as justices finish the term that ends this month, with decisions expected about the census and electoral maps.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

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Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

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Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

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Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.