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Protesters hold up signs protesting Trump's sanctuary cities order outside a California courthouse. Photo: Haven Daley / AP

A federal judge from California issued a permanent block to President Trump's sanctuary cities executive order, which deny funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to identify and deport undocumented immigrants, per CNN.

Why it matters: The judge's ruling is the latest in a string of backlash from the judicial branch in response to the Trump administration's policies. Other federal judges have also reined in the executive branch by questioning the constitutionality of Trump's travel ban.

More details on the sanctuary cities ruling:

  • District Judge William Orrick argued, in lawsuits brought forth from San Francisco and Santa Clara, that Trump's order violated the constitution's separation powers doctrine as well as the Fifth and Tenth amendments.
  • Orrick initially issued a temporary block of the order last spring, and Trump immediately lashed out on Twitter in response. "See you in the Supreme Court!" he wrote.

Reaction to the ruling:

  • San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement: "This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry ... We live in a democracy. No one is above the law, including the president."
  • Department of Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley: "The District Court exceeded its authority today ... The Justice Department will vindicate the President's lawful authority to direct the executive branch."

Get smart: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have also refused to comply with the sanctuary cities order.

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.