Tuesday briefing: Georgia charges Donald Trump; Montana climate ruling; Maui fires; affirmative action; World Cup; and more


Donald Trump was charged in a 2020 election investigation in Georgia.


A Montana judge yesterday ruled in favor of young climate activists.

  • The decision: That the state violated the right of the 16 young Montanans to a “clean and healthful environment” through a provision blocking climate considerations in energy projects.
  • Why it matters: It’s one of the strongest legal decisions on climate change, and could inspire a wave of lawsuits aimed at advancing action on the climate.


The death toll from the Maui wildfires has risen to 99.

  • The latest: Searchers will probably find 10 to 20 victims a day for the next 10 days, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (D) said yesterday. Few victims have been identified. Follow live updates here.
  • What else to know: Other parts of the U.S. are facing escalating wildfire risks in the coming weeks and months. Extreme heat is hitting the Pacific Northwest this week.


Federal guidance showed how colleges can still address race in admissions.

  • What to know: Colleges may still consider race in personal statements, recommendation letters, data collection and recruitment efforts, according to the Biden administration.
  • The timing: Yesterday’s guidance came six weeks after the Supreme Court rejected race-based affirmative action in college admissions.


The Smithsonian has at least 30,700 human bones and body parts in storage.

The women’s World Cup semifinals are underway.

Michigan State students found a 142-year-old observatory buried on campus.

And now … ever wondered what that stuff in your bellybutton is? Science has the answer.

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