While articles of impeachment were being introduced against Donald Trump in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas was blocking funding for his pet project, ruling that he couldn't use money appropriated by Congress for military construction for his wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has attempted to divert $3.6 billion from military construction and another $2.5 billion from drug interdiction to build the wall, since Congress won't give him the billions he wants. Judge David Briones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that Trump's diversion of funds is illegal, arguing that Trump overstepped his authority by «declaring a national emergency and violating laws of Congress limiting funds for barriers at the United States-Mexico border.» The Constitution gives the Congress the power of the purse, and Trump violated that. Kristy Parker, a lawyer for the organization Protect Democracy, which represented the plaintiffs in the case, said in a statement following the ruling, «The President's emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress. […] Today's order affirms that the President is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds.» El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights brought the suit, making the constitutional argument and claiming that the county would suffer «reputational and economic harm» because of the wall and Trump's emergency declaration. Trump has tried to paint the city and county as dangerous, and the wall reiterates that impression, plaintiffs said. In reality, El Paso has ranked as one of the 10 safest cities in the country. In an earlier ruling in October, Judge Briones ruled that the claim had merit. The president is not a king, though he's been emboldened by a Supreme Court ruling last summer in a separate case in California. That ruling allowed the administration to continue construction of the wall pending its appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition.
The Conservatives, Labour and a few others get all the headline election coverage, but there are many independents running for parliament in the UK election, and at least one is doing it for love. Read Full Article at RT.com
Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona is to receive €70,000 ($77,000) from fashion giant Dolce & Gabbana after he won legal proceedings against the brand for using his name without permission. Read Full Article at RT.com
The New England Patriots have an image problem – once again. The Patriots play the Bengals this week, and their cameras were pointed at the Cincinnati sidelines, in violation of the league rules. Read Full Article at RT.com
With mass protests against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plan entering their seventh day, French workers and unions signaled that they are not ready to back down in their efforts to have the new scheme completely scrapped. Read Full Article at RT.com
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has apologized after he humiliated the translator prior to the Reds' crunch UEFA Champions League encounter with RB Salzburg. Read Full Article at RT.com
This Saturday only, you can get Sam's Club's exclusive version of this stand-up cabinet for $150 less than Walmart's price.
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Google Cloud today announced the launch of its new E2 family of compute instances. These new instances, which are meant for general purpose workloads, offer a significant cost benefit, with saving of around 31 percent compared to the current N1 general purpose instances. The E2 family runs on standard Intel and AMD chips, but as […]
Mark your calendars and dust off your public-speaking skills. This year, there’s an exciting new opportunity at TC Sessions: Robotics & AI, which returns to UC Berkeley on March 3, 2020. We’ve added a pitch-off specifically for early-stage startups focused on AI or robotics. You heard right. In addition to a full day packed with […]
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LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Most people first entering the historical archives at Yellowstone National Park see long shelves of mute-colored boxes. But for Yellowstone National Park Archivist Anne Foster, those boxes - and the treasures they hold - are a thing of beauty. “Most people just see rows of plain ...
Grant Gustin as The Flash, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman, and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths.' (Photo Credit: DEAN BUSCHER / THE CW) This is it. This is what the entire seasons of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman have been building up to. Since Fall, we’ve been promised a gigantic story bringing together nearly every DC show ever made, […] The post ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Parts 1–3 Recap: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Batwoman,’ and ‘The Flash’ appeared first on Geek.com.
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BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in the same space are all on ...
Sinuous, intertwined wildlife bridge worlds of the living and the dead in Lauren Marx’s intricate multi-media work. Twisting fox heads, disemboweled deer, and lambs bursting with flowers and birds are rendered with watercolor, ink, pen, and colored pencil. Marx often places her animal compositions on semi-abstract backgrounds, awash with grey tones that give a sense of weightlessness to the dense drawings by evoking fog or clouds. The artist, who resides in her hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, cites frequent trips to the Saint Louis Zoo, biology classes, and National Geographic television shows as cultivating her lifelong interest in animals. More
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2019: nonbinary pronoun «they» (via Merriam-Webster) Three months after formally defining pronoun “they”—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary—the Merriam-Webster dictionary crowned it their 2019 Word of the Year. The term (Dictionary.com’s runner-up) has […] The post Nonbinary Pronoun ‘They’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year appeared first on Geek.com.
Napoli has hired former AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti
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