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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump's emergency declaration faces 1st lawsuit

  • Pence, Merkel differ on Iran nuclear pact

  • Workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, leaves 6 dead, including suspect

  • Pope Francis defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over sexual abuse charges

  • Mueller interviewed Sarah Huckabee Sanders

President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to redirect about $6.7 billion from programs in the Departments of Treasury and Defense to border wall construction. Less than 24 hours later, the declaration faces its first legal challenge: a lawsuit from Public Citizen, a progressive advocacy group, on behalf of Texan landowners whose property would be used for the wall. The suit argues Trump "exceeded his constitutional authority and authority under the National Emergencies Act" and asks that he be banned from "using the declaration and funds appropriated for other purposes to build a border wall."

Source: The Hill, The New York Times

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced differing opinions on how to approach the Iran nuclear deal when they both spoke at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. Pence criticized European leaders for remaining in the deal, arguing "the Iranian regime openly advocates another Holocaust and it seeks the means to achieve it." Merkel defended the agreement, describing it as an "anchor" that should be used to pressure Iran in other areas. The chancellor expressed concern over Europe's split with the U.S. on the matter.

Source: Al Jazeera, NBC News

Six people were killed, including a shooting suspect identified by authorities as a man named Gary Martin, in a workplace shooting at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon. Martin was a 15-year employee of the Henry Pratt Company and was scheduled to be let go from his job Friday. In addition to fatally shooting five people, he wounded six police officers, all of whom are in stable condition. Though initial reports said the suspect was taken into custody, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Source: NBC News, CNN

Pope Francis has expelled former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick from the Catholic priesthood, the Vatican announced Saturday. The decision came after a church trial found McCarrick guilty of sexually abusing three minors and harassing adult seminarians and priests. It is believed to be the first time the church has defrocked a U.S. cardinal. McCarrick is also the first priest of his standing to be dismissed for sexual abuse. "Bishops and cardinals are no longer immune to punishment," Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America, told The New York Times.

Source: CNN, The New York Times

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, Sanders said in a statement Friday. "The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel," Sanders said. "I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them." The interview took place in the fall of 2018, around the time Mueller's investigators spoke with other current and former senior administration figures, including then-Chief of Staff John Kelly, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Source: CNBC, CNN
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