Nov 2, 2018

Judge shuts down Trump's claim in emoluments case, denies request for stay

Trump's hotel in Washington. Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's request for a stay in a lawsuit alleging that the business his company conducts with foreign governments is in violation of the constitution has been denied by a federal judge, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: According to the Post, Trump claimed the term emoluments is a "subject of such 'substantial grounds of disagreement' that payments his business received from foreign governments could not qualify." The judge, Peter J. Messitte, found that his proposition was "dubious." Messitte questioned Trump's assertion that his business doesn't accept gifts or payments from foreign government entities. The decision creates a path for the attorneys general in Washington, D.C. and Maryland who filed the suit to seek information from Trump's hotel in D.C.

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Timeline: The India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The deadly protests during President Trump's visit to India between Muslims and Hindus flared over a new citizenship law, which critics say is anti-Muslim, are the latest clash between adherents of the two religions.

The big picture: Predominantly Hindu India officially removed special privileges in August for its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir region, exacerbating tensions with Pakistan. The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, which lies between India and Pakistan and is partially controlled by both countries, dates back seven decades. It has sparked three wars and sporadic threats of nuclear conflict. India is now attempting to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Pakistan to warn of “impending genocide.”

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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