Morning Minute: Pharma Bro Won’t Shut Up, iPhone 8 Leaks And More News
As you start your day, it can be overwhelming to try to make sense of everything you missed while you were getting on with your life. Morning Minute is here to bring you the news you need to know to start your day, all broken down into tidbits you can consume before you finish your morning constitution. Here are this morning’s headlines.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Reportedly Mulling Retirement
Kennedy, 80, has for decades served as the Court’s centrist “swing” on many of its 5-4 decisions. If he does indeed retire before Democrats have an opportunity to gain legislative seats in 2018, it’s assumed that whoever President Trump nominates will give the court a 5-4 conservative tilt for the foreseeable future. [CNN]
Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Won’t Shut Up
Martin Shkreli, who became famous for raising the price of a HIV drug to $750 and then being kind of a douche about it, is about to stand trial for securities fraud. Despite this, and much to the chagrin of his lawyers, Shkreli has maintained a relatively high public profile, frequently making headlines on YouTube and social media. His lawyers fear his behavior could influence a judge or jury. [CNBC]
Study Calls Into Question Benefits Of $15 Minimum Wage
While years of research have found that benefits from increasing the minimum wage outweigh the costs by a factor of 4- or 5-1, one new study says that recent wage hikes in Seattle have resulted in job and income losses for low-wage workers. The study also hasn’t been peer-reviewed, and most of the article is spent pointing out why the results are so far outside the expected range. It’s weird, and definitely worth a read. [Washington Post]
Is This Actually The iPhone 8?
“Leaks” happen all the time, but these images come from the typically credible Steve Hemmerstoffer. If real, the iPhone 8 will confirm many assumptions about its design, including minimal bezels and no physical home button. [ZDNet]
John McEnroe Thinks Serena Williams Would Rank 700th On Men’s Circuit
While promoting his new book this weekend on NPR, the former tennis star opined that Serena Williams would be “like number 700 in the world,” if she played on the men’s tour. But we’ll probably never know for sure, because she doesn’t. [Sports Illustrated]
The New Samsung Galaxy Will Probably Cost A Ton Of Money
Images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 allegedly leaked last week, but another report leaked something potentially troubling: the “phablet” will cost nearly $1,000 when it’s released in September. Tech experts fear this could become a trend for high-end smartphones, which (theoretically) should become more affordable over time, not less. [BGR]