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House can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena – The Washington Post

House Democrats also can go to court to challenge President Trump’s border wall spending, a federal appeals court ruled.

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The effective functioning of the Legislative Branch critically depends on the legislative prerogative to obtain information, and constitutional structure and historical practice support judicial enforcement of congressional subpoenas when necessary, Judge Judith W. Rogers wrote for the majority.
The decision is a legal victory for House Democrats, but the ruling does not mean that McGahn will immediately appear on Capitol Hill. The court sent the case back to the initial three-judge panel, whic…

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Brain-eating microbe: US city told not to use water amid contamination concerns – BBC News

People in Lake Jackson, Texas, are urged not to use tap water because it might be contaminated.

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Residents of Lake Jackson have been urged not to use tap water
Residents of Lake Jackson, Texas, have been urged not to use tap water because it might be contaminated with a deadly brain-eating microbe.
The local water authority warned of the potential contamination of its supply to the town – home to about 27,000 people – by Naegleria fowleri.
The amoeba typically infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. It is usually fatal.
Infections are ra…

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Trump targets Biden’s mental health in debate lead-up, despite aides’ efforts to raise expectations – ABC News

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President Donald Trump is set to enter the first presidential debate on Tuesday down in the polls, but coming off the high of nominating his third Supreme Court justice. Some top advisers expect a dominant performance by the president, despite the opposing narratives of attacks on Joe Biden’s mental state and the Trump campaign’s work to raise expectations for the Democrat ahead of the showdown.
With days to go the debate, Trump has carried out conflicting and confounding strategies both repeat…

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How Trump picked Amy Coney Barrett over Barbara Lagoa for the Supreme Court – CNN

It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically “giddy” about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matte…

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(CNN)It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically “giddy” about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matter said.
The potential pick was not the woman Trump nominated on Saturday night, though by the end of the week he was enthusiastically telling friends his choice of Amy Coney Barrett had the potential to salvage his political career.
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