I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. The Supreme Court rescues Obamacare once again; and will Uber meet its Waterloo in France? Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
The Supreme Court has rescued Obamacare a second time. A surprisingly assertive 6-3 majority opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said congressional intent overrode "inartful" wording in a section of the law. Now, it'll be hard for the next president or Congress to scuttle the Affordable Care Act. "We might as well call the law RobertsCare," one legal analyst said.
Possible terror attack jolts France
One man was decapitated Friday morning in a possible Islamist attack on a factory in southeastern France. French media reported that the severed head was found hanging on the fence of the factory, with a flag bearing Arabic inscriptions lying close by.
Uber in France? Mais Non!
Yesterday we told you about the ride-sharing firm's obstacles in China. Those may pale next to the uproar in France: cars overturned, roads to stations and airports blocked, taxi drivers attacking Uber vehicles. Riot police are busy. The government also is seething at what it says is blatant disregard for French laws. It sees Uber as another invasion of American "arrogance."
'Boeing's Bank' on the Brink
Export-Import Bank opponents deride it as "Boeing's Bank" because it helps Boeing and other industry giants the most -- the kind of crony capitalism and government bloat they say they want to shed. That, however, could cost jobs. If Congress fails to act, the bank expires next week. Read what the head of ProGauge Technologies in Bakersfield says that could do to his company.
Calling the Shots
The debate's as old as America: personal choice versus public good. On vaccines for school kids, state legislators have sided with the latter. No matter how strongly some parents distrust the science, they said, vaccines keep a lot of kids from getting sick. So no more personal-belief exemptions if the governor signs the bill. Too bad there's no vaccine against lawsuits.
Bush, Rubio and the Flag
It's a small but curious sidelight in the latest uproar over the Confederate flag. Rival Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio have some history on the issue. Bush, as Florida's governor, quietly had the flag retired from the state Capitol grounds in 2001. Rubio, then a fresh-faced state legislator, co-sponsored legislation barring such removals. He lost.
-- Just what they didn't need: Another private drone flying over the Lake fire forces a suspension of aircraft water-dropping flights.
-- Are you in L.A.'s top 1%? If that's true for your water use, you could be getting a letter from the Department of Water and Power.
-- We are Farmers: Columnist Robin Abcarian looks at how an off-the-cuff remark evolved into a gender-discrimination suit against a major insurer.
-- Computerized "sweepstakes" games popular at some Internet cafes are illegal, the state Supreme Court rules.
-- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, after taking on labor unions, sets his sights on tenured professors.
-- As finance talks break down, European negotiators race to avoid a Greek tragedy.
-- Molycorp Inc., whose Mojave Desert mine once supplied most of the rare-earth elements used in electronics, files for bankruptcy protection.
-- Historians take issue with Apple's recent Civil War games ban.
-- David Lazarus: Can cellphones cause cancer? A new ordinance in Berkeley may go too far.
-- Women's World Cup: The U.S. brings its extreme ways into today's quarterfinal against China.
-- The latest scores and stats.
-- Univision cuts ties with Donald Trump, saying he insulted Mexican immigrants in his presidential campaign announcement. It will not air the Miss USA pageant.
-- Movie review: "Ted 2" is overstuffed and absurd but wickedly funny.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Bloomberg analyzes how Uber took over Portland, Ore.: Unleash the lobbyists.
-- Google issues a call to arms against Islamic State (The Guardian).
-- Poynter chronicles how 50-plus reporters investigated and exposed the World Bank.
-- BuzzFeed: The Internet tries to find out who set Jessica Chambers on fire.
ONLY IN L.A.
It was unearthed in Brazil in 2001: the 180,000-carat, 840-pound Bahia Emerald. The ungainly cluster has spent the last six years in an L.A. County lockup while claimants fought over it. A judge declared the winners in May, who expected to spring the gem this week. Not so fast, says the Justice Department. Even after six years, this is still a weird gem of a story.
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