Citymapper

Citymapper, a U.K.-based startup whose app helps users navigate various transportation modes, is debuting a "smart bus" pilot test in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, the company said in a blog post. The startup has purchased a small bus and outfitted it with display screens, custom software, and even USB charging ports for smartphones, and will be a suggested option when it fits into a user's route.

Better busses: Startups have been trying to "rethink" busses for years, some much more successfully than others. Chariot, a Bay Area crowdsourced shuttle bus service, was purchased by Ford last year, for example. Meanwhile, luxury bus line operator Leap Transit was forced to close shop for operating without a permit.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Republicans and Democrats react to Trump's coronavirus aid action

President Trump speaks to workers at a manufacturing facility in Clyde, Ohio, on Thursday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Some Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing President Trump Saturday night for taking executive action on coronavirus aid, with Democratic leaders demanding the GOP return to negotiations after stimulus package talks broke down a day earlier.

Why it matters: Trump could face legal challenges on his ability to act without congressional approval, where the power lies on federal spending. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was the most vocal Republican critic, saying in a statement: "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop."

Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid

President Trump speaking during a press conference on Aug. 8. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon.

Why it matters: Because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending, Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a legal challenge if congressional Democrats believe he has overstepped.