Is everybody having a fun summer so far?
- D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh are suing the president, alleging “unprecedented constitutional violations.” The suit is taking aim at Trump’s business entanglements—here’s an extremely overwhelming list of his conflicts of interest—from which he has refused to divest, which the lawsuit seeks to prove is a violation of the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the Constitution. [The Washington Post]
- Ryan Zinke, after assessing the area “by air, by car, by foot and by horseback,” has concluded that Trump ought to scale back the Bears Ears National Historic Monument, which was placed under formal protection late in the Obama administration. Bears Ears, which is home to over 100,000 archaeological sites, is the first of 27 national monuments to be “reviewed” by Zinke. If Trump follows the recommendation, legal action is certain to follow, since technically only Congress has the authority to undo a monument designation. [Washington Post]
- In a non-binding referendum on Sunday, Puerto Ricans voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood, although only 23% of the population voted. “It will be up to this new generation of Puerto Ricans to demand and claim in Washington the end of the current improper colonial relationship, and begin a transition process to fully incorporate Puerto Rico as the next state of the Union,” Governor Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement. [CNN]
- Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a $385 fine after pleading guilty to assaulting a journalist. [Politico]
- Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche party is expected to gain an overwhelming majority following the first round of parliamentary elections in France; the election, however, was marked by low turnout. [CNN]
This has been Barf Bag.