- One American soldier was killed and two others were wounded during a green-on-blue attack in southern Afghanistan.
- The political left may have chased Scott Pruitt out as EPA administrator, but they’re going to hate his (at least temporary) replacement, Andrew Wheeler, even more.
- Andrew McCarthy writes that Democrats who say they’ll defend Roe v. Wade during the upcoming battle to confirm a Supreme Court justice are focused on the wrong court ruling — Planned Parenthood v. Casey has been the guiding case on abortion for the past 25 years:
Here is reality: Casey’s refinement of the right judicially manufactured in Roe granted expansive and expanding room to regulate abortion. The validity of those regulations, not the core holding of Roe, is what dominates abortion litigation nowadays. It is unlikely that cases will present a need to grapple with Roe, it is even less likely that Roe will be overturned, and even if this highly unlikely event were to come to pass, it would not render abortion illegal. Instead, abortion would once again be a question for the states, the vast majority of which would guarantee some degree of access to abortion. We are not going to move into a post-Roe era, but even if we did, no woman who could obtain an abortion today would be unable to get one post-Roe.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded two days of talks with North Korean officials, who dissed the outcome after Pompeo left.
The public complaint might be a real warning that Kim is about to break off contact, but it’s more likely just a test of the resolve of Pompeo and Donald Trump. North Korea knows how to manipulate negotiations, having very successfully done so in the past to win substantial concessions in return for empty promises. We knew this process would involve those attempts too; Pyongyang tried this before the summit and almost wound up with no meeting at all. They’re probing for weakness in the US negotiating team, and between the US and its allies. If we didn’t see a little of this, we might be better off worrying about whether we were giving the store away in negotiations.
- Two American guided missile destroyers sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
- Forty-nine people were killed and 48 are missing after heavy rains hit western and central Japan.
- Al Shabaab detonated two car bombs in Mogadishu and stormed a government building that houses Somalia’s security and interior ministries. At least five people were killed and 21 wounded.