Ginsburg in hospital for possible infection
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to receive treatment for a possible infection and will remain for a few days, according to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg, 87, is the court’s oldest member, and her health has been a recurring public topic and source of speculation and concern. The court said Ginsburg had been experiencing fever and chills on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, she was given an endoscopic procedure “to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” the court said. Ginsburg will stay in the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics, the court said, adding that she was “resting comfortably.”
Dakota pipeline can continue operating
The Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue to operate amid an ongoing court battle, a U.S. Appeals Court said on Tuesday, setting aside for now a lower court’s order earlier this month to shut and empty the line. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted Dakota Access an administrative stay while it considers whether the line, long opposed by local tribes and environmental activists, should be shut due to permitting issues dating to 2017. Tuesday’s ruling means oil can keep flowing through the 570,000-barrel-per-day pipeline, which runs from North Dakota’s oil production fields to Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries. On July 6, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the line shut and emptied by early August.
Trump: Confederate flag a speech issue
President Donald Trump dismissed a question about the number of Black Americans who have been killed by police, saying that law enforcement officers kill “more white people.” During an interview with CBS News, the president also said he views the flying of the Confederate flag as an issue of freedom of speech. “All I say is, freedom of speech,” Trump said when asked about the flag. “It’s very simple. … Well, people love it and I don’t view — I know people that like the Confederate flag, and they’re not thinking about slavery.”
Epstein associate Maxwell denied bail
Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein who has been charged with helping him recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse girls as young as 14, was denied bail Tuesday by a judge who said she posed a high risk of fleeing before her trial. The judge, Alison J. Nathan of U.S. District Court, said Maxwell had demonstrated a sophisticated ability to hide herself and obscure her financial resources. “Ms. Maxwell poses a substantial actual risk of flight,” Nathan said.
Huawei tech banned from 5G network
Britain announced that it would ban equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country’s high-speed wireless network, a move that escalates the battle between Western powers and China over critical technology. The move reverses a decision in January, when Britain said Huawei equipment could be used in its new 5G network on a limited basis. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced growing political pressure domestically to take a harder line against Beijing, and in May the U.S. imposed new restrictions to disrupt Huawei’s access to important components. Britain’s about-face signals a new willingness among Western countries to confront China.