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In what feels like a repeat of last year's legal battle over Kentucky's fetal heartbeat and abortion procedure laws (and its ultrasound law the year before), the state's last abortion clinic has filed a federal lawsuit looking to block a new bill that makes abortion illegal if motivated by a diagnosis or potential for disability, or the sex, race, color, or national origin of the embryo or fetus.

The suit also comes while the American Civil Liberties Union is battling another fetal Kentucky heartbeat law, and you can read it below.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border of the United States in order to secure funding for a border wall. And it didn't take long for states to respond.

Yesterday, 16 states filed a lawsuit against Trump and his administration, asking a federal court in California to declare the emergency declaration unlawful and unconstitutional, and to block any diversion of federal funds for border wall construction. You can read that suit below.

Since 1790, the government census also has been used to count every single person residing in the United States, to determine state and federal political representation and collect demographic data about the country's population. That demographic information includes race, sex, and age, and from 1820 to 1950, the census also gathered information on citizenship status.

Starting in 1960, though, the government dropped the citizenship question, reasoning that noncitizens and Hispanic citizens would be less likely to participate for fear of census information being used against them and their loved ones. The Trump administration attempted to reintroduce the citizenship question for the 2020 census, but a federal court put those plans on hold. You can see that full decision below.

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have billed themselves as a safe alternative to driving while intoxicated. Despite studies showing no overall reduction in drunk driving, getting a ride home while you're tipsy shouldn't be more dangerous.

But a new lawsuit claims that while a Lyft driver got an intoxicated woman to her house safely, he proceeded to sexually assault her once there.

It may seem silly to ask a spy to register as a spy. Their operations after that point wouldn't be so covert, would they? But under federal law, acting as a foreign agent without first telling the Attorney General can get you 10 years in prison.

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina is hoping a new plea agreement can lessen that possible penalty. Butina has been charged with working in the U.S. at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government, using ties to the NRA and other conservative groups to advance Russian political interests. All without registering first.

It's safe to say that most Americans didn't know what an emolument was before Donald Trump became president, and even fewer knew there was an Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. But as the legal case accusing Trump of violating that clause moves forward, we're guessing more of us will brush up on professional ethics reading.

A slew of subpoenas were issued relating to that lawsuit, so it's probably a good time to remind you what the case is about, and what the subpoenas potentially mean. And you can get a look at those subpoenas below.

Before the midterm elections, you probably heard a lot about the "migrant caravan" -- a group fleeing violence in Central America and potentially seeking asylum in the U.S. (Since the midterms? Not so much.) President Donald Trump sent troops to the southern border with Mexico in anticipation, and also attempted to limit the eligibility of asylum seekers crossing that border.

A group of those migrants sued the Trump administration, challenging the president's stance on detaining asylees as well as ICE and the Department of Homeland Security's practice of separating immigrant families in detention. And now a federal court in California has ruled that Trump's plan to prohibit people from seeking asylum if they did not cross at an official port of entry unconstitutional and blocked the government from enforcing it.

You can read the full ruling below.

President Donald Trump relationship with the media has been less than cordial. And his relationship with CNN has varied somewhere between icy and cold war. At a press conference in England this past summer, he told CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, "CNN is fake news, I don't take questions from CNN."

But Trump did take a question from CNN last week, from Acosta in fact, and again refused to answer, choosing the nuclear option. Hours later, the Trump administration revoked Acosta's "hard pass," which gave him access to the White House and presidential press briefings. And now CNN is suing Trump, as well as his chief of staff and press secretary, claiming pulling Acosta's press pass is unconstitutional. You can see that lawsuit below.

Six Honduran parents part of a caravan fleeing gang violence in Central America have filed a prospective class action lawsuit against Donald Trump, ICE, and other immigration officials, claiming the president's "professed and enacted policy towards thousands of caravanners seeking asylum in the United States is shockingly unconstitutional."

The lawsuit asks a federal court to declare the Trump administrations immigration policies unconstitutional and seeks protection from those policies for the parents, their children, and other similarly situated migrants. You can read the full lawsuit, along with its allegations against the Trump administration, below.

"Since the day I was sworn in as Attorney General of the United States," Jefferson Sessions wrote to President Donald Trump, "I came to work at the Justice Department every day determined to do my duty and serve my country." But that service has come to an end, according to his resignation letter, apparently at Trump's request.

You can read the letter below.