Each week we will provide you with a rundown of top news stories and must-read articles.

Supreme Court cake baker ruling actually a victory

This week, the Supreme Court sided in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. While unfortunate to lose the individual case, the Court’s ruling reaffirmed the broader idea that businesses can’t turn people away simply because of who they are.

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Tragedy at the border continues

Families continue to be separated from each other at America’s southern border. The Trump administration’s newly implemented zero-tolerance policy has resulted in the inhumane separation of thousands of children from their parents.

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ACLU sues over census question

This week, the ACLU joined numerous other organizations that are suing over the Trump administration’s plan to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The move is aimed to reduce response rates in immigrant communities as a way to take economic and political power away from these groups. There are multiple constitutional concerns that the ACLU is using as the basis of the suit.

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Trump commutes Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence

After being lobbied by Kim Kardashian West, President Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie’s Johnson’s life sentence. Johnson was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for a non-violent crime. Still, hundreds of other people remain in prison who are serving life sentences for non-violent offenses.

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