(Above: The original cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first published June 26, 1997.)
In breaking news, this morning the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Trump's proposed travel ban--the ban, which would prohibit immigration to the United States from 6 predominantly Muslim countries, has been blocked from going into action multiple times by federal judges who cite the ban's discrimination based on religion as being unconstitutional. However, since the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case (due to be deliberated on in autumn), the ban will be in partial effect until then.
On the health care front, Republican policy makers are still trying to jockey for support to cast a confirming vote on the bill later this week. Whether or not they will be able to rally the succor and support they need still remains somewhat unclear. One particular senator in the spotlight is Dean Heller, who is a senator from Nevada. His state recently just upped Medicaid commitments, so he faces a difficult choice in how he would vote (given that Medicaid funding would be cut significantly with this new bill). Will he choose party or state?
Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winning author from China who was jailed for insurgency and protests against the Chinese single-party Communist system, has been released from prison due to health concerns. Liu has terminal liver cancer.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first entry in the beloved children and young adults series, turns 20 today. In its wake, it has spawned 6 other books, 9 movies, a play, and a strong legion of fans. J. K. Rowling famously wrote the beginning lines of the first novel on a napkin, while unemployed. The books, as detailed in the article below, are widely credited with inspiring a new generation of kids to love reading.
Have a fabulous Monday, everyone!