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A judge ruled that both sons should be granted citizenship. (image: Unsplash)

The big story…

Twin Son of Gay Couple Granted Citizenship 

A Calif. federal judge has granted citizenship to a twin son of a gay married couple, ruling that he had the same right to citizenship as his brother. Let’s back up. Andrew, an American citizen, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli citizen, had two twin boys by way of a surrogate, each boy getting one parent’s sperm. When Aiden, the biological son of Andrew, was born, he was granted automatic citizenship. However, minutes later when Ethan, the biological son of Elad, was born, he was not granted citizenship, so the family took their case to court. The judge ruled on Friday that because the twins’ parents were married at the time of their birth, it does not matter whether Ethan shows a biological relationship to both parents.

In religion…

Catholic Leaders Meet in Rome to Discuss Systemic Abuse

In the second day of Pope Francis’ highly anticipated summit to discuss clergy sex abuse, Cardinal Blase Cubich of Chicago called for new, transparent reporting and investigation procedures to handle allegations of abuse. The summit comes after the uncovering of years of sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Church across North and South America.

In global news…

Israel Launches a Spacecraft Headed for the Moon

On Thursday night, Israel launched Falcon 9, a privately funded spacecraft carrying a communication satellite that will arrive on the moon in two months. If Falcon 9 is successful, Israel will become the fourth country in world history to land on the moon.

In tech…

Apple Creates Foldable Phone Blueprint

Following Samsung’s plans to release a foldable phone in April 2019 (with a $1,980 pricetag), a blueprint of a foldable phone by Apple has also been made public, and speculation says their version should be available as soon as 2020.

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Last but not least…

If you only go to one festival in 2019, it should be… Coachella

Even in the age of streaming, there is simply no better medium to hear music than on stage. While many music festivals have killer lineups this year, the Coachella Music Festival, which runs from April 12th-21st, will provide the most spellbinding performances of the year. The first day’s headliners include Childish Gambino and Janelle Monae, two artists whose aesthetic in music videos have been unmatched in recent years. The satire behind Childish Gambino’s “This is America” will be perfectly complimented by Monae’s stage persona, which is an update of Prince’s iconic live presence. Read more in Tim Coffman’s report for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Tim Coffman  and the CMN Staff. TGIF and enjoy the weekend! P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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