Apr 4, 2019

House sues to block Trump's national emergency

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House leaders voted 3-2 Thursday to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration blocking President Trump’s national emergency to build a border wall, arguing that he is violating the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution by circumventing Congress.

"The House will once again defend our Democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts. No one is above the law or the Constitution, not even the President."
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The big picture: Last month, the House failed to override Trump's veto to block his emergency declaration. The House Democratic Leadership plans to argue that Trump stole from appropriated funds in "an action that was not authorized by constitutional or statutory authority," Pelosi said in a statement.

Go deeper: Billions from military projects could fund Trump's border wall

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George Floyd updates

Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.