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First lawsuit filed challenging Trump's national emergency

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Border wall. Photo: Guillermo Arias via Getty Images

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Friday filed the first of what is expected to be a series of lawsuits challenging the legality of President Trump's emergency declaration, BuzzFeed News reports.

Details: Public Citizen is representing three Texas landowners and the Frontera Audobon Society, who have been told by the federal government that portions of Trump's proposed border wall would cross their properties. They argue that the president has exceeded his power under the federal National Emergencies Act — disputing that there is any immigration emergency whatsoever — and that Trump's declaration infringes upon separation of powers.

Measles outbreak is bringing vaccine exemptions into spotlight

Illustration of school children standing in a room with one red, contagious student
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The federal government may try to take action if states don't tighten their vaccine exemption laws and measles continues to spread in sections of the U.S., FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tells Axios.

Driving the news: Overall case numbers of measles remain low in the U.S. but the disease is growing in areas of high non-vaccination rates. Some states like Washington are considering tightening their exemptions even as they continue to face a more organized anti-vaccination movement.

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