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June 26 - July 2

Annika Lilja

Jul 3, 2023

The US Supreme Court, Jair Bolsonaro, how a SCOTUS ruling will impact elections.

Top US Story: The US Supreme Court term ended on Friday, and as such, many major decisions have been made. In this wrap-up, All Teen Politics will cover three of the decisions that are likely to impact the lives of young people. In all three of the following rulings, the Court was split 6-3, with the conservative bloc voting together and the liberal bloc voting together.

  • On June 29, the Court ruled that race-conscious policies (affirmative action) in college admissions are unlawful. 

  • On June 30, the Court decided that President Biden’s student loans forgiveness plan was also unconstitutional because Congress had not authorized it. 

  • On June 30, the Court ruled that a web designer from Colorado has a first-amendment right to refuse to work for a same-sex couple even though the state has a law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

Top Global Story: Former President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has been banned from running for public office until 2030. On June 30, Brazil’s Electoral Court ruled that Mr. Bolsonaro spread false claims surrounding the legitimacy of the country’s voting system, and as such, threatened their democracy. There are many interesting parallels between Former US President Trump and the Former President of Brazil. For full context, you can check out the All Teen Politics article from January about Brazil.

Update on the 2024 US Elections: On June 27, the US Supreme Court ruled against the “independent state legislature” legal theory. Had this not been blocked, state legislatures would have been given a lot of power over federal elections to create congressional maps impacted by partisan gerrymandering, power that would have been largely unchecked. To learn more about gerrymandering check out the All Teen Politics article about the topic from April.

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