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Supreme Court Tosses Out McDonnell Conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court is overturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell. Republican McDonnell was facing a two-year prison sentence in the sweeping felony bribery case. The Supreme Court decision was unanimous. The ruling faulted prosecutors for defining the words “official act” too broadly. There is a possibility the case could be retried if prosecutors decide to take that route.

WMATA To Cut 500 Jobs

Metro is cutting 500 jobs from its work force. In a department-wide memo issued this morning, GM Paul Wiedefeld says the transit agency will eliminate 500 “nonessential” and “redundant” positions. The goal is to reduce overhead costs heading into the “Fiscal Year 18” operating budget. Wiedefeld says the jobs getting cut will be identified as soon as possible, and the whole process should take “several months” to complete.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for abortion rights activists. Today, the high court struck down a Texas law that places restrictions on abortion. The law resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. Proponents argued the law was necessary to protect the health of women. Hillary Clinton applauded the court’s ruling as a victory for women in Texas and across America. The likely Democratic presidential nominee said “safe abortion should be a right — not just on paper, but in reality.”

Wimbledon Begins Today At All England Club

Wimbledon is underway and Venus Williams has opened the fortnight with a victory. The five-time champion defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic  today 7-6, 6-3. Venus’ younger sister Serena is the defending champion on the women’s side. Reigning men’s champ Novak Djokovic also won his opening match today.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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