Comes The Dawn: Restrictive abortion laws in Louisiana and Texas have been blocked based on the view that “ “A law is unconstitutional if it imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion.” States may not use indirect acts to deprive citizens of their constitutional rights. The district judge in Texas said that pretending that a single clinic could perform 30 abortions a day wasn't a credible argument.
If Only: Novartis announced that it has a new drug that will reduce deaths from chronic heart failure by 20%. The company also announced that it had previously concealed debilitating side effects – including fatalities – in marketing its leukemia, cancer and blood pressure drugs. Ask your
Reality Checked: German Finance Minister Schaeuble, telling France and Italy to suck it up and suffer for the benefit of the Fatherland, insists that only continued austerity can save the eurozone economies, especially Germany's, and that deficit-fueled growth (by which he means QE) will only lead to economic decline. Flatly ignoring reality in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece, Schaeuble said that countries that had pursued austerity policies are “doing much better than all the others in Europe.” He called for more confidence in the Confidence Fairy, and didn't want to talk about Germany's GDP, which shrank 0.2% in the last quarter, nor about eurozone manufacturing which is at a 13 month low.
Miller Time: Some cops in Florida are in trouble for using their lights and siren to clear the way through trafic so they could get to breakfast. Everyone knows that's only acceptable on pizza runs.