Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. The move came a day after Congress approved a spending bill giving Trump more than $1.3 billion in border security funding, far short of the $5.7 billion he originally claimed was necessary for a border wall. Trump signed the bill Friday afternoon,...

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether 2020 Census Will Include Citizenship Question

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The decision grants the administration's request for an immediate review of a lower court's ruling that stopped plans for the question. A hearing is expected to be held in April. The question asks, " Is this person a citizen of the United States? " The Trump administration is locked in a legal battle with dozens of states, cities and other groups...

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A federal judge imposed a gag order on Friday in the case of Republican political consultant Roger Stone.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that lawyers and others in the case must not talk about it publicly in ways that "pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice" and specifically they must not use the area outside court in Washington, D.C., as a venue for those kinds of statements.

In Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, the median age is 18. Many youth say their aging leaders are out of touch, yet the leading candidates in Saturday's presidential election are in their 70s.

Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over border security, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., about its impact on funding allocated for military.

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Liza Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, about presidential powers during a national emergency.

As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action.

Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

A man alleged to have opened fire at a manufacturing company on Friday afternoon has been apprehended, according to City of Aurora officials in Illinois. The Kane County coroner confirmed at least one person is dead.

Aurora police said in a tweet the shooter no longer poses a threat.

In declaring a national emergency Friday, President Trump tried to underscore the urgency of what he calls a national security crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico, while at the same time downplaying the gravity of his response.

In a desolate stretch of desert outside Yuma, Ariz., there's a spot where more than 350 migrants and children burrowed under the steel border fence a few weeks ago.

"This only goes down just about probably another foot, this steel," said Anthony Porvaznik, chief patrol agent for the Yuma sector of the Border Patrol. He says smugglers tried digging in more than a dozen different spots, looking for places where the ground was soft enough.

"This is very sandy," Porvaznik said. "It's like that all the way down, and so it was easy to dig."

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