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Silicon Valley joins fight against Trump's sanctuary city order

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A group of four dozen Silicon Valley companies filed an amicus brief Wednesday in support of a California federal judge's decision to permanently block President Trump's executive order, which threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

Big picture: Most major tech hubs are also sanctuary cities, and the loss of immigrant talent and federal funding could be detrimental to companies in the tech industry. San Francisco and Santa Clara initially filed the lawsuit, which resulted in District Court Judge William Orrick temporarily blocking the order last April and then permanently blocking it in November. The Department of Justice appealed the both injunctions.

Who's backing it: The brief is missing big names like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Salesforce, which have taken on the government in other cases. Among the biggest names on the list are PayPal, Airbnb

Jonathan Swan 8 hours ago
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McMaster out, Bolton in as National Security Adviser

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H.R. McMaster plans to resign and will be replaced as national security adviser by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. The White House said McMaster's departure had been under discussion for some time and that the process was sped up to end speculation about the role. McMaster will stay on until mid-April.

Bottom line: This isn’t about ideology — unlike Trump, Bolton is hawkish and interventionist on foreign policy. This is about personal chemistry. 

Khorri Atkinson 8 hours ago
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Meet John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.