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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! This is the rhythm of my life...the night, oh yeah. The rhythm of the night. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
• In what must be a stunning defeat for our utterly corrupt president, the Supreme Court voted in a 7-2 decision that New York prosecutors can now look at Trump's tax returns for their continuing investigation into his wildly shady financial dealings. The not-so-good news: The Supremes also ruled that Congress and the public cannot see his returns until after the election.
"In our judicial system, 'the public has a right to 'everyman’s evidence.' Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the President of the United States," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) July 9, 2020
A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the President’s financial records is not good news for President Trump. The Court has reaffirmed the Congress’s authority to conduct oversight on behalf of the people, as it asks for further information from the Congress.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 9, 2020
• During last night's mostly peaceful protests in Portland, Federal officers rushed into Terry Schrunk Plaza to tackle and arrest a demonstrator that was reportedly pointing a laser.
• Officer Daryl Turner, the head of the Portland Police union, announced a vote of "no confidence" in Portland's City Council, saying they have not done enough to stop the nightly protests.
At a sprawling press conference yesterday, Portland police said nightly face-offs with protesters were unsustainable. When asked how the bureau plans to resolve those tensions, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said it's up to the community. https://t.co/satC0zYgyU
— Ryan Haas (@ryanjhaas) July 9, 2020
• In a press conference yesterday, Portland police said that, according to their own rules, they really don't have a choice about whether or not to fire tear gas indiscriminately into crowds of protesters. Our Alex Zielinski has the details on this clearly screwed-up situation.
• Meanwhile, two more local journalists have filed a lawsuit against the city, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and state police accusing them of excessive force, false arrest, and negligence during the nightly Portland protests.
• A new ruling from the Oregon Appeals Court will now ensure that the identity of nonbinary people will be recognized by legal authorities across the state. Our Blair Stenvick has more on this happy news.
• According to data from the Oregon Health Authority, the state's Pacific Islanders have triple the number of COVID-19 cases as compared to other communities.
• The man who struck and killed activist Summer Taylor with his car during Seattle's Black Femme March has been charged with vehicular homicide.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• The police body camera transcripts from the killing of George Floyd have been released, which show the victim telling officers 20 times that he couldn't breathe, and one officer raising concerns to the others that they were going too far—but was silenced by a superior.
• In another stunner of a Supreme Court ruling, nearly half of Oklahoma has been deemed a tribal reservation meaning that, in this large area, authorities cannot prosecute offenses that involve Native Americans.
• As Trump continues to dangerously push for reopening, the US tops another single day record for positive coronavirus cases with more than 59,400 new infections.
• Meanwhile leading infection expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is advising that the states with the highest coronavirus rates should consider shutting back down again.
• In "Karen" news:
This lady refuses to wear a mask at the dentist’s office.
Says it's against the law to take her temperature because she "talked to her attorney" before she came.
It never ends...pic.twitter.com/woHHXOBrnE
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 9, 2020
• With very good reasons, New Hampshire officials are worried about Trump's upcoming rally this weekend—death from coronavirus being only one of them.
• Just leaving this headline here: "Trump’s Tulsa rally, protests ‘more than likely’ linked to coronavirus surge, health official says."
• Today in "Yikes!": Another 1.31 million applied for unemployment benefits in the last week.
• Actress Naya Rivera—who played the sassy Santana Lopez on Glee—is currently missing after disappearing while boating on Lake Piru in California.
• And finally....