Up First Briefing: Teflon Don; ACLU lawsuit; Pee-wee Herman’s legacy

Despite legal indictments, Donald Trump remains the Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination, whilst in Oklahoma, an ACLU lawsuit aims to stop a virtual charter school from opening and veterans are urged to sign up for retroactive PACT Act benefits before the August 9 deadline.

Trump’s Teflon: Despite two indictments and potential third, Trump remains at the forefront of the Republican presidential nomination.
* According to Franco Ordoñez of NPR, polls show that Trump gets a boost when he faces legal trouble.
* However, concerns are voiced that his legal problems could deter independents and swing voters, leading to worry among GOP leaders and donors about the general election.

School Opposition: The ACLU and nine Oklahoma residents are battling to prevent St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Charter School, a virtual charter school, from opening.
* Funded by Oklahoma taxpayers, opponents argue that the school’s opening would violate the principle of the separation of church and state.
* Critics suggest that the school could discriminate against students whose identities conflict with the Catholic Church and inadequately support students with disabilities.

Veteran Benefits: Veterans exposed to burn pits and toxins like Agent Orange are encouraged to sign up for the PACT Act benefits by the August 9 deadline.
* Although some veterans have expressed reluctance to sign up due to past disappointments with the VA or a desire to move on, veteran Dan Nevins encouraged his fellow veterans to sign up this time as the process should be easier.

Remembering Reubens: The creator and actor of Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens, has passed away from cancer at the age of 70.
* Seen by Stephen Thompson of NPR as an “embodiment of childhood,” Reubens’ portrayal of the character Pee-wee Herman was cherished by both children and adults.

Curbing Rights: As states conclude their legislative sessions, focus is being placed on the reduction of LGBTQ+ rights across the country.
* Attempts in Republican-dominated states to restrict drag performances for children have been largely unsuccessful.
* Gender-affirming care bans in twenty states have come under intense legal scrutiny over potential violations of the 14th Amendment.

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