Sharply circumscribed portion of Trump travel ban injunction is stayed ahead of full Supreme Court review in October, meaning that while most travelers from the six designated countries will be able to enter, some will be kept out. Supreme Court agrees to hear case of baker who seeks right to refuse to provide wedding cakes for gay marriages, asserting religious freedom claim. Three senior CNN journalists resign in wake of retraction of article on Russia probe that fell short of network standards. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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Supreme Court Takes Up Travel Ban Case, and Allows Parts to Go Ahead
The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for President Trump to prohibit the entry of some people into the United States from countries he deems dangerous, but the justices imposed strict limits on Mr. Trump’s travel ban while they examine the scope of presidential power over the border. Mr. Trump quickly hailed the court’s decision to hear arguments on the travel ban in October, saying — in a formal White House statement, not a tweet — that the justices’ temporary lifting of some of the legal roadblocks to his ban was a “clear victory” for national security.

Case of gay couple’s wedding cake heads to Supreme Court
A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states. Baker Jack Phillips is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wrong to have turned away a same-sex couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their 2012 wedding. The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips’ case, which could affect all states. Twenty-two states include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws that bar discrimination in public accommodations.

3 CNN Journalists Resign After Retracted Story on Trump Ally
Three prominent journalists at CNN resigned on Monday after the cable news network was forced to retract and apologize for a story on its website involving a close ally of President Trump. The article — linking Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager and Trump confidant, to a Russian investment fund supposedly being investigated by the Senate — was removed from late last week after the network decided it could not fully stand by its reporting. The president relishes dismissing the network’s coverage as “fake news,” and his closest advisers have accused the channel of harboring a bias against Mr. Trump.

After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes
Taylor Dumpson is the student government president at American University, which was jolted by a racial incident on May 1 when bananas were found hanging from strings fashioned in the shape of nooses on three locations on the Northwest Washington campus. The university termed the incident a hate crime. In the aftermath, Dumpson was thrust into a very public spotlight, dealing with news conferences, town halls and meetings. She became the latest student leader to confront tensions over racially charged incidents on campuses across the country.

Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak
While the government cannot block people from social media, these private platforms can. In some ways, online platforms can be thought of as the new speech governors: they shape and allow participation in our new digital and democratic culture in ways that we typically associate with governments. But social media sites are not bound by the First Amendment to protect user speech. Facebook’s mission statement says as much, with its commitment to “remove bad actors and their content quickly to keep a positive and safe environment.”

The Oxford English Dictionary has a new last word. Bet you can’t pronounce it.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, eighth grader Samara St. Louis was cramming for a spelling bee in 2012, when she stumbled upon a word that quickly became her favorite. “It’s the last word in the dictionary and it’s fun to say and it’s fun to spell,” she told the Post Ledger. She was speaking of “Zyzzyva,” an odd little word that often appeared as the final entry in many English dictionaries. It’s a noun, pronounced “zih-zih-vah” and defined as “a genus of tropical weevils (family Curculionidae) native to South America and typically found on or near palm trees.”


Turkey’s Writers Face Yet More Trials *PEN Case List
When novelist Aslı Erdoğan was arraigned before a judge and told the charges she faced, she fainted. She was charged under Article 302 of the Turkish penal code: disrupting the unity and integrity of the state. Writing in Turkey—chronicling current events in particular—has always been a dangerous undertaking. But the crackdown carried out by the Turkish government since the failed coup is the largest one in decades. There are an estimated hundred and sixty-five journalists, writers, and other members of the media behind bars in Turkey today.

For the seventh time this year, a Mexican journalist is slain
More than a month ago, a group of armed men forced television journalist Salvador Adame into a black SUV near a water purifying plant, local news outlets reported. The abductors then fled the area, in the southern part of the violent, gang-ridden Mexican state of Michoacán. Weeks later, authorities found charred human remains in a rural area known as “Barranca del Diablo,” or the “Devil’s Gorge.” Through DNA tests, authorities identified the body as Adame’s, Michoacán’s state prosecutor said Monday, making him the seventh journalist killed this year in Mexico, the deadliest country for journalists in 2017.

Canadian press defenseless, as House fails to pass shield bill
The Canadian House of Commons failed to pass Bill S-231, the Journalistic Source Protection Act, before rising for summer recess. By failing to pass the bill now the House has missed a crucial chance to take a stand for press freedom, and to extend badly-needed protections to confidential sources. Canada is one of the only industrialized countries in the world that lacks legislation for the protection of journalists’ sources. The bill faces the prospect of dying while awaiting passage in the House of Commons.

Myanmar army arrests reporters for covering ethnic armed group event
The three reporters were arrested in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan state, along with four other men returning from the territory controlled by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), an ethnic militia in a stand-off with government troops. The three reporters are from two media organisations publishing both in Burmese and English, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the Irrawaddy, which were among the few organisations providing the world with independent coverage of Myanmar when it was a military dictatorship before the transition began in 2011.

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