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Bernie Sanders gets stitches after cutting head on shower door

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By Jane C. Timm

2020 campaign is leaving its mark — on Bernie Sanders’ head.

The Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont independent senator cut his head on the edge of a shower door, his campaign said on Friday, and visited a walk-in clinic as a “precaution.”

He was given seven stitches and an otherwise clean bill of health.

“The senator has proceeded with all of his scheduled events,” the campaign said in a statement.

Sanders, who was a Democratic contender in 2016 before running again for the 2020 nomination, is 77.



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Supreme Court expands scope of census citizenship question case

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it is expanding the scope of the case against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing to decide whether the move violated the Constitution.

The move comes after a federal judge in California ruled earlier this month that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the census, violated the Constitution’s Enumeration Clause because the citizenship question prevents the government from conducting an accurate count of every living person in the country.

A New York federal judge also blocked the administration from including the question, ruling in January that Ross “violated the public trust” by adding it. The judge called Ross’ decision “arbitrary and capricious” because it would “materially reduce response rates among immigrant and Hispanic households.”

Ross has argued that the question was added at his direction after he received a letter from the Department of Justice in late 2017 that said the data was needed to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act. Ross came under intense scrutiny for the move and recently defended his rationale during a fiery congressional hearing.

The Supreme Court previously said it would examine whether the question violated federal administrative law. The court will hear arguments in the case in April and rule before its term ends in June.

Last year, a coalition of 17 states, Washington, D.C., and six cities sued the Commerce Department, citing a concern that fewer immigrants will respond to the survey and therefore decrease the accuracy of the 2020 census, which determines funding allocation and how political districts are drawn. Civil and immigrant rights groups also sued to block the question.

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Trump issues first veto, rejecting measure to overturn border declaration

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, rejecting Congress’ resolution to terminate his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.

“Today, I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it. And I’m very proud to veto,” Trump said to reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, calling the resolution “reckless” and a “vote against reality.”

“As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty,” he continued, reiterating that there is “definitely a national emergency” at the border.

“I was elected by a very, very great group of American people. Millions and millions of people because they want security for our country and that’s what we are going to have,” Trump said, displaying his determination to carry out his promise for a border wall made during his presidential campaign.

Trump was joined in the Oval Office on Friday by law enforcement officials as well as relatives of individuals who were killed by illegal immigrants.

Trump was responding to the rare rebuke enabled by members of his own party, when the GOP-controlled Senate voted 59-41 on Thursday to approve a House-passed measure that would revoke his national emergency declaration. Twelve Senate Republicans joined the Democrats to cancel the president’s declaration.

Trump declared an emergency in order to claim billions of dollars for a border wall after Congress refused to direct the resources the president requested for the southern border.

The House is set to vote in an attempt to overturn Trump’s veto on March 26, although it is unlikely to pass. Still, the president’s emergency declaration faces legal challenges.

Trump did not seem deterred by such challenges, telling reporters on Friday that he believes his veto is “consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our founders.”

Trump spent the days leading up to the vote — which the Senate was legally required to hold, following House passage of the measure — lobbying Republicans to support his move. Two of the most vulnerable 2020 Republicans, Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., voted against the resolution to end the emergency.

Trump thanked Republicans who did not go against him in the Oval Office Friday, calling them “courageous.”

“I’m proud, as I said, of a lot of Republican Senators that were with me and I’m also very proud of the House — the Republicans in the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a secure border,” Trump continued.

Republicans who broke from Trump cited constitutional concerns about the potential precedent set by his use of emergency executive power.

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BREXIT BETRAYAL? Jeremy Corbyn plans talks with SNP with a second referendum on agenda

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JEREMY CORBYN will hold a summit with the SNP and other opposition parties to discuss backing a second EU referendum to break the Brexit deadlock, it has emerged.

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