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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.

Read the court ruling:

Go deeper: Trump declares national emergency to access $3.6B for border wall

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.