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President Donald Trump continues to face backlash for his administration's response (or lack thereof) to the growing diagnoses of COVID-19, the latest strand of coronavirus, in the United States.

While the administration has been criticized for its repeated dismissals of COVID-19's severity, Trump and his allies are using the public health threats posed by the virus to bolster their staunch anti-immigration platform.

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With President Donald Trump officially acquitted in the impeachment trial against him, Attorney General William Barr is taking steps to make sure his boss never has to endure basic accountability again.

Barr issued a memo to Justice Department officials with guidelines for conducting investigations into politically notable individuals. Among the new rules?

Any investigations into a presidential candidate will require his written approval.

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California Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump (Stephen Lam/Chris Kleponis/Getty Images)

In an effort to quash California's efforts to keep the repeal of net neutrality laws from affecting the state's high population and booming tech market, Donald Trump's Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the state. The suit came hours after California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 822, which prohibits deliberate slowing of service by internet providers, into law.

The suit claims that California Senate Bill 822

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

The reason, at least partly, for an early Monday morning raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the office and residence of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, may have more to do with Trump's personal indiscretions than international intrigue.

A search warrant obtained by the New York Federal Prosecutors office, based on information of potential criminal activity passed on to them from the Special Counsel's office, and signed by a federal judge relates, in part, to payments made to two women.

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One federal official unaffected by a potential government shutdown is Special Counsel Robert Mueller, news which may not be applauded at the White House.

Mueller and all employees working on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including possible collusion by members of President Donald Trump's campaign and administration, qualify as essential personnel under mandatory furlough guidelines. This makes them exempt during government shutdowns, as confirmed in an email by Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior.

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Another one of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court yesterday. This time the ruling was on the ability of the Executive branch to withhold funding from sanctuary cities, and the president was not happy.

This morning, Trump issued a set of tweets about the ruling, calling out the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in particular. This line of attack has was also used by Fox News's Sean Hannity after the immigration ban was blocked by the same court.

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Two protesters hold up signs against passage of legislation in North Carolina, which limits the bathroom options for transgender people, during a rally in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. The rally drew around 100 people at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. (AP Photos/Skip Foreman)

In response to a Monday deadline imposed by the federal government regarding its so-called "Bathroom Bill," North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice accusing the federal government of overreach and arguing that Title VII does not recognize transgender status as a protected class. "If the United States desires a new protected class under Title VII, it must seek such action by the United States Congress," the suit said in part. It lists Governor Pat McCrory and other state officials as plaintiffs.

The state could lose more than $1.4 billion in federal funding for not complying with the government's requests for alterations to the law. A further $800 million in federal loans are in danger if the DOJ finds that the law violates Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on sex. 

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