Good morning and happy Friday!
Here are the top four stories to start your day:
1: Former Congressman John Dingell Dies at 92
Former Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan), who was the longest serving Congressman in history, died on Thursday.
Dingell, who retired in 2014, entered hospice care after a cancer diagnosis. His wife released a statement on Thursday:
“He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend… He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth.”
Former President Barack Obama released a statement saying, “John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today.”:
“John Dingell’s life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort. Over the course of the longest congressional career in history, John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today.”
2: Supreme Court Grants Emergency Stay on Louisiana Abortion Law
Late on Thursday, the Supreme Court issued an emergency stay on Louisiana’s abortion law which requires that abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor to put a hold on the law while the case proceeds.
Critics of the state say it would disqualify smaller abortion clinics. While supporters of the bill say the state has the right to regulate the safety of the clinics.
The Supreme Court has not yet decided whether it will hear the case.
3: Prosecutors Say Manafort May Have Lied in Hopes of Getting a Pardon
Federal prosecutors told a judge that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may have lied about “an extremely sensitive issue” in hopes of getting a presidential pardon, The New York Times reports:
“The heavily redacted document leaves unclear what issue Mr. Manafort was being questioned about. Prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are accusing Mr. Manafort of lying to them repeatedly last year after he agreed to cooperate with their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and the Trump campaign in exchange for a possibly lighter sentence.”
Prosecutors also say Manafort lied about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a businessman in Ukraine, who is believed to have links to Russian intelligence.
4: What Do Young New Yorkers Think About The Reproductive Health Act?
The Bradlo interviewed young New Yorkers on Thursday to see how they felt about the state’s new abortion law. See what they had to say here: