Hello, Slatest readers! Here’s what’s going on in the streets on Wednesday.
- The pope is here! He gave personal greetings to members of a crowd that had waited for him early in the morning outside the “nunciature” where he’s staying in Washington D.C., then met President Obama at the White House. Then he gave a short speech that praised Obama’s policies on climate change but also made an obliquely critical reference to the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate.”
- Then he took the popemobile for a quick jaunt down the National Mall, stopping to receive a gift from an adorable five-year-old.
- He also declined to answer a reporter’s question that sounded like it referred to “Negroes” but turned out to be about migrants.
- And later today he’ll canonize an 18th-century Spanish missionary, a move that’s created some confusion and controversy.
In non-pope news:
- A judge invalidated the copyright on the song “Happy Birthday.”
- Hillary Clinton says she’s against the Keystone pipeline.
- The FBI reportedly discovered some emails that were deleted from the private server Clinton kept as Secretary of State, which could be good news for her if she’s been telling the truth about her email habits.
- And beloved Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra died at the age of 90.
Have a good day out there.