What You Missed: BEYONCÉ IS PREGNANT, Trump's SCOTUS Pick, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

The world right now might feel cruel to some, and a blessing to others. But there’s one thing we can all agree on: Beyoncé knows how to time an announcement. 

The singer posted on Instagram that she’s pregnant with twins

She’s no stranger to big surprises. In 2013 she released 14 new songs and 17 videos in what she called a “visual album” at midnight, without anyone knowing. And last year she made the album for Lemonade available on streaming-music service Tidal after the special aired on HBO. 

SCOTUS Pick

Trump taps conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

In an unprecedented big reveal that would rival many reality shows, President Donald Trump announced his pick for the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch was nominated to fill the seat of Antonin Scalia, who died last year. He’s a conservative who is probably best known for his involvement in the Hobby Lobby case, where he voted in favor of private corporations having the right to refuse paying for contraceptives for women based on religious grounds. 

Democrats vowed to stop the nomination, citing the fact that they weren’t able to hold a hearing for Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s pick. 

In order to nab the seat, Gorsuch needs 60 votes in the Senate. But Trump urged Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the “nuclear option,” which would change the rules of how the Senate votes. Read the main story from The AP.

Innovation Slump

Apple reversed its iPhone slump. But what's next?

The company reported earnings this week, and it looks to be back on track. But Apple is struggling to keep up with the competition, relying on its iPhone as the biggest moneymaker. Read the story from The AP.

What Book You Missed

Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court vacancy is only the most recent huge political story since his administration took power a mere 10 days ago. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on just how much political turmoil has recently taken place behind the Court’s heavy curtains with Jeffrey Toobin’s excellent work of political journalism. From the scandals of the Clinton presidency through the ramifications of Bush v. Gore, this book demonstrates the immense responsibility of power wielded by the Court, even in less bitterly partisan times.


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