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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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

Ina Fried, author of Login
31 mins ago - Technology

Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

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