Aug 31, 2018

Texas federal judge keeps DACA alive, for now

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On Friday, Texas Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen decided against halting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program because Texas and the other states who sued to have it ended waited too long to file.

Why it matters: The decision is a blow to the Trump administration, which could have used an injunction against other federal courts who have kept the program alive, despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attempt to end it last year. DACA recipients are able to continue applying for 2-year renewals, but it is not final solution — Hanen strongly suggested that it was not unlikely for DACA to ultimately be found in violation of the law and discontinued.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The Americans who can't hide from coronavirus

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The stock markets are in bad shape, but for the millions of Americans who aren’t invested in stocks, coronavirus is presenting a far more imminent concern.

Why it matters: Quarantines usually work with at least 90% participation, but many Americans lack the flexibility to work remotely, take a sick day or absorb having schools close.

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Wall Street notches worst week for stocks since 2008

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Stocks closed down about 1% on Friday, ending the worst week for Wall Street since the financial crisis.

Why it matters: The stretch of declines came after a spike in coronavirus cases around the world earlier this week. The steep losses prompted questions about the fate of the record-long economic expansion, as well as a rare statement from the Federal Reserve.

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