Jun 30, 2019

Judge blocks Trump from using military funds to build border wall

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A federal judge blocked President Trump on Friday from transferring $2.5 billion secured under his national emergency declaration for segments of the southern border wall, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The Trump administration won't be able to continue building parts of the border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico until another source of funding is secured, according to AP. There are still other open cases involving money transfers for the border wall.

What they're saying: Judge Haywood S. Gilliam says the transfer of funds is unconstitutional because Congress already approved $1.375 billion for the project, and the transfer is not based on any "unforeseen military requirements." Trump has been campaigning for the border wall since 2015.

What's next: Trump said of the decision Saturday from the G-20 summit in Japan, "We're immediately appealing it and we think we'll win the appeal," per AP. Meanwhile, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to decide on the same issue next week.

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First look: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian American voters be in this moment? Trump has stoked xenophobia by labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and equating Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

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Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.

Amazon is gaining on shipping giants

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Amazon is emerging as a transportation juggernaut that could threaten carmakers, package delivery firms and even ride-hailing companies.

Why it matters: By building its own logistics ecosystem and investing in promising electric and autonomous vehicle startups, Amazon could lower its shipping costs to the point that partners like UPS become competitors instead.