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California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration

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California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump’s move would circumvent Congress, and he predicted in comments made in the White House’s Rose Garden that the emergency declaration would face a lengthy legal challenge.

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New York state’s Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, fired back almost immediately after Trump announced his action.

“We will not stand for this abuse of power and will fight back with every legal tool at our disposal,” she said in a statement.

Separately, California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, characterized the national emergency as “made-up.”

“Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court,” he added.

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The Republican president has sought to build his promised wall along the southern border, which he says would stem the flow of drugs and stop illegal immigration.

Democrats, in turn, have said the wall would be ineffective and labeled it immoral.

Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Susan Heavey and Jonathan Oatis

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Internet shocked at Rudy Giuliani’s latest Ukraine blunder: ‘Obama would’ve been impeached 100 times by now’

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Monday appeared on Fox Business and proceeded to make yet another blunder while discussing President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

During an interview with Maria Bartiromo, Giuliani was asked if Trump ever threatened to withhold foreign aid from Ukraine unless it launched a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Giuliani replied that Trump didn't do that, but when Bartiromo asked if he could say that with 100 percent certainty, he stammered and said, "Well, I can't tell you if it's 100 percent."

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Pence biographer confirms Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are trying to dump vice president: ‘That’s all real’

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President Donald Trump is purposefully humiliating his vice president with a series of loyalty tests as his daughter and son-in-law scheme to find a replacement as his 2020 running mate, according to a new biography.

Journalist Tom LoBianco, who has covered Mike Pence's political career since its very beginning, previewed his new biography, "Piety & Power," on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Over the summer he had two terrible events in July," LoBianco said. "The weird thing where he flies out to New Hampshire, gets called back to the last minute. Then they send him to a detention camp and there is a terrible video of him with a grim face, which should have been Trump. That should have been the president, not the vice president, that's what VP's aides and allies are telling me. They see that as Trump yanking on the leash."

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This influential feminist philosopher didn’t believe in being ‘a strong woman’ — here’s why

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In The Second Sex (1949), Simone de Beauvoir argued that women were at a disadvantage in a society where they grew up under ‘a multiplicity of incompatible myths’ about women. Instead of being encouraged to dream their own dreams and pursue meaningful projects for their lives, Beauvoir argued that the ‘myths’ proposed to women, whether in literature or history, science or psychoanalysis, encouraged them to believe that to be a woman was to be for others – and especially for men. Throughout childhood, girls were fed a steady diet of stories that led them to believe that to succeed as a woman was to succeed at love – and that to succeed at other things would make them less lovable.

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