Apr 25, 2017

Judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order

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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked part of President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order that would allow the administration to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary cities that don't cooperate with the feds over illegal immigration.

In blocking the order, Judge William Orrick III ruled that constitutional challenges were likely to be upheld:

"The Order has caused budget uncertainty by threatening to deprive the Counties of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants that support core services in their jurisdictions....Given the nationwide scope of the Order, and its apparent constitutional flaws, a nationwide injunction is appropriate."

Why it matters: The ruling is temporary and can be appealed, but it's a setback in Trump's efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement and comes as the White House tries to demonstrate the "remarkable" progress Trump has made in implementing his agenda ahead of the 100-day mark.

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Coronavirus death toll tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Some economists warn the stock market has been too "complacent" without factoring in the novel coronavirus as a valid risk, although the major averages were broadly lower midday Monday. Apple and Nvidia have issued earnings warnings and multiple conferences and sports events are being canceled or limited in size.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,009 people and infected more than 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China. 328 American evacuees from the Diamond Princess are in quarantine at U.S. military bases after arriving from Japan, including 14 people who tested positive — making the total number of confirmed cases in the U.S. 29.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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