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A federal court just blocked Trump's executive order that calls for restricted funding to so-called sanctuary cities, the Associated Press reports. Judge William Orrick of the Northern California District Court issued a temporary injunction on Tuesday, calling the order unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from meddling in state law.
The decision is a blow to President Trump, who is approaching 100 days in office and has so far failed to deliver on a number of his signature campaign promises. Throughout the election, he vowed to penalize sanctuary cities—municipalities that are noncompliant with federal immigration officials—and on January 25, he issued an order called "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." The order said that cities like New York and Los Angeles were responsible for "immeasurable harm to the American people and to the fabric of our Republic" and called for federal agencies to strip some of their funding.
Since then, at least five cities have sued the government claiming that they could be denied a potentially crippling amount of money. Suits from San Francisco and Santa Clara County were heard Monday in a joint hearing where lawyers centered their arguments on ambiguity––what exactly a "sanctuary city" constitutes and how much money could be taken from them.
The attorneys for San Francisco and Santa Clara County also said the executive order was forcing government officials into making a terrible choice––enforcing an order they thought was unconstitutional or to violating the constitutional rights of people they were being asked to detain.
Judge Orrick apparently didn't take too long to land on a ruling after hearing Monday's arguments, and said that the order unnecessarily infringed on local governments' rights. Meanwhile, Trump's other blocked executive order––his controversial travel ban––remains stalled in court.
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On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump joined German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss women's issues at the W20 Summit in Berlin. The first daughter was asked about her new White House position, her views on feminism, and her business, but she was greeted with jeers the moment she started talking about her father's treatment of women, CNN reports.
When the moderator, Miriam Meckel, asked Ivanka about her father's attitude toward women, she responded by saying he's been "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive."
That statement was received with boos, hisses, and groans from the audience, considering Trump has been caught on tape talking about groping women, and has been accused multiple times of sexual harassment and assault. The reaction from the audience was so strong that Meckel pressed Ivanka, asking her why she thought her father was an "empowerer for women" in light of his scandals.
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"I know from personal experience," Ivanka replied, "and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man."
The trip to Germany was Ivanka's first international trip as an official White House employee. It's still not clear exactly what her new title is—she told Meckel that she was figuring out a definition—but the adviser role comes with an office in the West Wing, a newly hired chief of staff, and access to classified information, according to NPR.
Last week, two Harvard researchers released the findings of a monumental, National Treasure–worthy discovery—the pair had located the only other handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence known to exist, the Harvard Gazette reports.
Researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen made the discovery back in 2015, when Sneff saw an archival office in West Sussex, England, had a listing of a "Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America," on parchment. After nearly two years of pouring over the document, they determined it's a copy of the original 1776 declaration (the one kept in the National Archives) but written sometime in the 1780s.
The second copy, which Sneff and Allen have named the Sussex Declaration, contains a few key features that differentiate it from the original. Both documents are the same size, but the Sussex document is oriented horizontally, rather than vertically. All 56 signatures are also there, but they're all the same size and not separated by state. The original Matlack Declaration had signatures of all different sizes and were arranged by the state that signee was representing. According to the researchers, the signatures on the Sussex document signify that it came from a unified group of people, instead of a collection of separate states.
"This parchment manuscript illuminates in one stroke how the Federalists and anti-Federalists debated the question of whether the new republic was founded on the authority of a single, united sovereign people or on the authority of 13 separate state governments," Allen said.
According to Gizmodo, Allen and Sneff aren't sure how the document got all the way to England, but they believe it was originally drafted in the States and commissioned by prominent nationalist James Wilson. It then wound up in the hands of Charles Lennox, an English duke who supported American independence.
Now, having concluded the document came from a tumultuous period in American history, Allen and Sneff want to find out more about Lennox and uncover why he wanted the document.
"Victory was not sweet [after the Revolutionary War]," Allen said. "There was financial disaster, the Articles of Confederation were not working... so the 1780s were a period of great instability, despite victory. And this parchment belongs to that decade."