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President Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, California. File photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A group of attorneys, who previously served a bipartisan set of House speakers, filed a brief backing a House lawsuit that attempts to stop President Trump’s national emergency to build a border wall, Politico first reported Monday.

Details: The former House general counsels asked U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden to rule it's the House's right to pursue the suit following a "drawn-out standoff with the executive branch that led to the longest government shutdown in history," and that the dispute should be a matter for the courts.

What they're saying: "[I]t is clear that President Trump’s decision to spend $8.1 billion on a border wall will not only injure the House’s general institutional power over appropriations ... but also nullify the House’s specific vote to reject President Trump’s request for the funds at issue here," the brief says.

Go deeper: Billions from military projects could fund Trump's border wall

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Alphabet is shutting down Loon, one of its "moonshots," which aimed to deliver internet service via high-altitude balloons.

Why it matters: The effort was one of several approaches designed to get high-speed connectivity to some of the world's most remote spots and proved useful in the aftermath of disasters that shut down traditional infrastructure.

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President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

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