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61 Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend, 8 fatally



In Chicago over the weekend, 61 people were shot, 8 of them fatally and two missing teenage boys were found dead in a field late Sunday evening. This is the second most violent weekend this year in Chicago, with 72 being shot, 12 fatally the first weekend in August.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was to speak about the weekend’s shootings at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Chicago Police Headquarters.

Anthony Guglielmi, CPD spokesman said there were three people of interest that were taken into custody in connection with some of the shootings as of Monday morning. Officers seized 83 guns, arrested 29 people on gun charges, and shut down 68 gatherings over the weekend for illegal activity, according to CBS Chicago.

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On Sunday, bodies of a 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy were discovered on the edge of Golden Gate Park at 130th and Eberhart, dying from having been shot. The 16-year-old boy was identified by his father as Raysuan Turner. The 17-year-old, however, has not yet been confirmed. Andrew Holmes, community activist in the area said that both boys had been reported missing on Friday.

CBS Chicago reported the other fatal shootings over the weekend included:

• Daquan Albright, 17, was shot and killed near 73rd and Claremont around 6:15 p.m. Sunday,
• a 19-year-old man shot and killed near 40th and Calumet around 3:30 p.m. Sunday,
• Dennis Thomas Jr., 33, was shot and killed while sitting in a car in the 4600 block of North Clifton around 8:10 a.m. Sunday,
• a 23-year-old man shot in the back on the sidewalk on the 2300 block of West 72nd around 8 p.m. Saturday,
• a 27-year-old man shot and killed near 70th and Sangamon shortly before 3 p.m. Friday,
• and 15-year-old Steven Rosenthal, who authorities say shot himself in the head while fleeing police Friday evening.

The bloodshed over the weekend also included two separate incidents that were considered mass shootings.

President Donald Trump has been very outspoken, calling out the leaders in Chicago and their inability to handle the violence properly. During a meeting on prison reform earlier this month in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump stated, “I guess you have to take it from the leadership.” He added, “It’s called bad leadership.”

Just a month after Trump took office, he said the crime in Chicago was “totally out of control,” and even threatened to “send in the feds.”

“There’s no reason in a million years something like this should be happening,” Trump said.





SCOTUS Hands Trump Administration Huge Pro-Life Win



The US Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to give employers broad religious and moral exemptions from a federal mandate that health insurance they provide employees covers women’s birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

The court ruled 7-2 against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which challenged the legality of the Trump administration’s 2018 rule that weakening the so-called “contraceptive mandate” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare”.

The opinion was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Elena Kagan filed a concurring opinion in the judgment, in which Stephen Breyer joined. Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which Sonia Sotomayor joined.

“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote. “We hold that the Departments had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections. We accordingly reverse the Third Circuit’s judgment and remand with instructions to dissolve the nationwide preliminary injunction.”

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The two consolidated cases that the SCOTUS heard were Little Sisters of the Poor v Pennsylvania and Donald J Trump v Pennsylvania.

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