Everyone Loves Government Spying Again, Human Gene-Editing Experiment Approved, GOP Can't Jump Into Lawsuit Against Cleveland: A.M. Links
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a bill broadening the FBI's authority to secretly spy on American citizens in the wake of the Orlando shooting, because power never met a tragedy it couldn't exploit. The bill would let the FBI demand more telephone and internet records without a warrant, and—as Reuters puts it—"represents a bi-partisan drift away from policy positions that favored digital privacy."
- The National Institutes of Health approved the first human gene-editing trial in the U.S. The research, funded by Napster co-creator Sean Parker's Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, will be carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, where researchers will use gene-editing on immune cells as part of cancer-patient treatment.
- Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he'll halt the state's participation in the federal food stamps program if the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn't allow him to stop Maine residents from using benefits for junk food and soda.
- New York City will begin providing free tampons and other menstrual products in public schools and shelters, and stop capping the number of pads or tampons provided to female prisoners. The City Council also voted Tuesday to require all single-stall public bathrooms to be gender neutral.
- A bill passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would ban abortion after 20 weeks as well as ban a common surgical-abortion procedure known as dilation and curettage.
- The District of Columbia is considering micromanaging retail and restaurant employee schedules.
- U.S. District Court Judge James Gwin told the Republican National Convention's Committee on Arrangements to butt out of a First Amendment lawsuit filed by several nonprofits against the City of Cleveland.