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.

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Trump's Tucker mind-meld

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If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.

Between the lines: Trump — or rather his speechwriter Stephen Miller — framed the president's opposition to the Black Lives Matter protest movement using the same imagery Carlson has been laying out night after night on Fox.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 11,366,145 — Total deaths: 532,644 — Total recoveries — 6,154,138Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 2,874,396 — Total deaths: 129,870 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,512,916Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity — Houston mayor warns about hospitals
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Former Trump official Tom Bossert says face masks “are not enough”
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: Sports return stalked by coronavirus
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.

Bolton's hidden aftershocks

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The news media has largely moved on, but foreign government officials remain fixated on John Bolton's memoir, "The Room Where It Happened."

Why it matters: Bolton's detailed inside-the-Oval revelations have raised the blood pressure of allies who were already stressed about President Trump's unreliability.