See you in court
July 10, 2014

On Thursday, a Voting Rights Act complaint will be filed by the Disability and Abuse Project, seeking a review of voting eligibility in Los Angeles County for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As The Associated Press reports in an exclusive, the group specifically studied adults who are under limited conservatorships, which are legal arrangements that allow a parent or guardian to make decisions for people who cannot take care of their own financial and medical matters. The Disability and Abuse Project looked at a sample of 61 cases in L.A. County, and discovered that 90 percent of those who had limited conservatorships had been denied the right to vote.

According to the complaint, The Associated Press says, judges in Los Angeles Superior Court violated the federal Voting Rights Act by having those adults under limited conservatorships take literacy tests. "We want those past injustices to be corrected, and we want the judges and court-appointed attorneys to protect, not violate, the rights of people with developmental disabilities," Thomas F. Coleman, the legal advisor of the Disability and Abuse Project, said in a statement.

The complaint also asks the court to repeal voter-disqualification notes that were sent to thousands of people over the past 10 years. Catherine Garcia

who thinks TOOTHBRUSH?
1:22 p.m. ET

Love is dead, basically: More people are thinking about their phones when they wake up than their significant other, a study by the Braun Research Center and Bank of America has found. Thirty-five percent of respondents said the first thing they think about in the morning is their smartphone; 17 percent think about coffee (okay, fair) and only a measly 10 percent of you think about your significant other! Perhaps most surprising of all, though, is that according to the findings, an entire 13 percent of people wake up and immediately think: "Toothbrush." Jeva Lange

1:10 p.m. ET

An individual's science knowledge is a "significant factor" in whether or not he or she believes it's safe to eat genetically modified foods, a Pew Research study finds. Adults who are more "science literate" than their peers are also more comfortable with the use of bioengineered organs for human transplant as well as the consumption of foods grown with pesticides:

The Pew study was intended to make sense of underlying patterns in public views about science. Researchers discovered that results were affected by political ideology, religion, education level, age, race and ethnicity, and gender. Men, for example, feel more favorably about eating GMOs than women do; women, on the other hand, more strongly oppose animal testing in research. The study — and all of the results — are available on the Pew Research Center's website. Jeva Lange

selfie nation
12:36 p.m. ET

For over 40 years, visitors have been instructed not to take photos in the White House. Today, Michelle Obama revealed a change in policy by ripping a sign in half in a video on her Instagram account:

Visitors still can't bring in video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, or camera sticks. Your iPhone, though? Fair game! Take as many selfies with Bo and Sunny as you want. Jeva Lange

The big bucks
12:13 p.m. ET
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Hillary Clinton is on track to raise $45 million in the first quarter of her campaign, topping Obama's previous record of $41.9 million in his 2011 re-election campaign as the most money raised in a candidate's first three months.

On average, Clinton has raised $555,000 every day since she officially announced her run for the Democratic nomination for president in April. That's nearly $386 per minute. At this point in the 2008 presidential race, Clinton had only raised $36 million.

While a big chunk of Clinton's cash comes from high-dollar fundraisers, Bloomberg Business reports that 91 percent of Clinton's funds came from donations of $100 or less. Fundraising for the first quarter ended on Tuesday night and official fundraising totals for the quarter will be released in July. Becca Stanek

Dangerous Cutbacks
12:00 p.m. ET
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The World Food Program has cut its food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in half, and food support for refugees in Jordan may soon come to a standstill due to a funding crisis, the organization said today.

Lebanon and Jordan are two of the five nations that host over four million Syrian war refugees, and the U.N. refugee agency said that funding has dropped to dangerously low levels.

Drastic cutbacks at the strapped-for-cash WFP have been on the horizon for months, and the organization has already been forced to make cuts. This month, food aid in Lebanon will drop to $13.50 a person per month. Additionally, if funds do not arrive before August, 440,000 urban refugees in Jordan may also be at risk of losing food support. The WFP says it needs $139 million to continue support for Syrian refugees through September. Emily Goldberg

Coming Soon
11:41 a.m. ET

Directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, and starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender, the new Steve Jobs biopic has a mighty pedigree — and this first trailer makes it clear that this take on the life of the late Apple co-founder is aiming to be a top contender in next year's Oscar race:

"What do you do? You're not an engineer. You're not a designer. You can't put a hammer to a nail," says fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) in conversation with Jobs. "So how come, 10 times a day, I read, 'Steve Jobs is a genius?' What do you do?"

"Musicians play their instruments," replies Jobs. "I play the orchestra."

It's a typically grandiose take on the life and career of Steve Jobs, but the trailer also hints at the darker side of his life. And while it certainly looks more promising than the Ashton Kutcher version, we won't know Steve Jobs' ultimate take on its legendary title figure until it hits theaters in October. Scott Meslow

Oh, Congress!
11:37 a.m. ET
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For the first time since its founding in 1934, the Export-Import Bank's charter expired at midnight on Tuesday. The federal agency, known colloquially as Ex-Im, helps U.S. businesses export products and provides loans and credit insurance to companies when private lenders view their ventures as too risky.

Though Ex-Im generated a surplus of $675 million to the Treasury last year, conservative advocates of small government saw the agency as an example of the government's over-involvement in business and thus advocated for letting the bank's charter expire.

Although the agency's ability to issue new loans ended at midnight, Ex-Im will likely remain up and running through Sept. 30, when its funding is estimated to run out — though there is a chance that Congress could reauthorize funding when it comes back in session next week. If Congress does not vote to reauthorize Ex-Im, companies say they would lose a competitive edge against Europe and China, where governments offer companies significant financial help. Becca Stanek

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