making history
June 26, 2018

The Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban Tuesday, but in the process it quietly overturned its 1944 ruling that the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was constitutional. The case, Korematsu v. United States, was invoked in the dissent, but "whatever rhetorical advantage the dissent may see in doing so, Korematsu has nothing to do with this case," the majority opinion said.

The majority went on to argue that the "forcible relocation of U.S. citizens to concentration camps, solely and explicitly on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of presidential authority." The reference by the dissent, though, "affords this court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — 'has no place in law under the Constitution.'" Read the entire statement below. Jeva Lange

June 10, 2018

Justify became the 13th winner of the legendary Triple Crown Saturday evening, taking an early lead and winning by just under two lengths with a time of 2:28.18 for the 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes.

"I wanted to see that horse's name up there [with the other greats], because we know he was brilliant from day one," said his trainer, Bob Baffert. "And I am so happy for [jockey] Mike Smith. There is no one more deserving than him." Baffert also trained the last Triple Crown winner, 2015 champion American Pharaoh.

Justify began racing this spring, and Saturday marked his sixth race. So far, he is undefeated. Watch Justify's win at Belmont below. Bonnie Kristian

November 8, 2017

By winning a seat on the Minneapolis City Council Tuesday night, Andrea Jenkins is now the first openly transgender woman of color elected to public office in the United States.

Jenkins has worked as a policy aid to the council's vice president, and campaigned on raising the minimum wage and making housing more affordable. She defeated three other candidates to win the seat in Ward 8, and told the Minneapolis Star Tribune she is "feeling elated" and "really, really deeply proud of my community." History was also made in Virginia, where Danica Roem became the country's first openly transgender state lawmaker. Catherine Garcia

August 15, 2017

In the hours after Saturday's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, former President Barack Obama tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote decrying racism and hatred, and on Tuesday night, it became the most-liked tweet in Twitter history.

The message, accompanied by a picture of Obama with children, reached the 2.7 million mark shortly after 10 p.m. ET, surpassing Ariana Grande's reaction to the Manchester bombing. Obama's tweet is also the fifth-most retweeted post in the platform's history. The former president has 93.3 million Twitter followers. Catherine Garcia

March 30, 2017

Reusing a first-stage booster that was first utilized for a mission 11 months ago, SpaceX launched a communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.

Shortly after the launch, the rocket made its way back to Earth and landed vertically on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. First-stage rockets are expensive to make and typically crash back down to Earth, never to be used again, but SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk wants to recycle them in order to save money. "I try to tell my team to imagine that there was a pallet of cash that was plummeting through the atmosphere, and it was going to burn up and smash into tiny pieces, would you try to save it? Probably yes," he said in 2016.

By lowering the costs of launching a rocket, companies could send more — and better — satellites into space. SpaceX's next step is to figure out how many times these rockets can be reused. Catherine Garcia

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