California Lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration ‘imminent’; state Attorney General Xavier Becerra

California will “imminently” challenge US President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a US-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said.

“Definitely and imminently,” Mr Becerra told ABC’s This Week program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court.

Other states controlled by Democrats are expected to join the effort.

“We are prepared, we knew something like this might happen. And with our sister state partners, we are ready to go,” he said.

Mr Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday under a 1976 law after Congress rebuffed his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was a signature 2016 campaign promise.

The move is intended to allow him to redirect money appropriated by Congress for other purposes toward wall construction instead.

The White House says Mr Trump will have access to about $8 billion.

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NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey

Advertisements By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer|AIWA! NO!|CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere. After waiting in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive from space,Continue reading “NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey”

US MIDTERMS – Recounts, The Florida Problem And Media Role

The press is used to partisan warring over recount narratives. But our current media climate is very different to 2000. In the past two years, in particular, baseless claims of widespread voter fraud have become a common right-wing trope, percolating into mainstream discourse via coordinated online campaigns. In the run-up to the midterms, hackneyed conspiracies—that Democrats would bus in illegal immigrants to vote, for instance, or that George Soros funds voting machines—swirled on social media. This past week, they’ve crystallized into more specific lies. Far-right internet personalities and trolls have claimed (with varying degrees of embellishment) that crooked Florida election officials have magicked up boxes of Democratic votes since polling day, among other dirty tricks.

It’s official! Apple unveils new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Apple is live on stage in Cupertino, where it is announcing a full slate of hardware refreshes, including a new 5.8-inch iPhone XS smartphone, as well as a 6.5-inch version called iPhone XS Max.

CEO Tim Cook, predictably, has described the new models as “the most advanced iPhone we have ever created.” To be honest, these look almost identical to their predecessor, the iPhone X, but now, they’re both available in gold. Plus, the XS Max version is massive. It’s the biggest iPhone ever, and the biggest smartphone you can buy. Keep in mind the iPhone 8 Plus from last year is only 5.5 inches big.

CALIFORNIA – Obama addresses rally for Democratic congressional candidates in California

Obama campaigns for congressional candidates in California