Progressive Briefing for Thursday, July 26, 2018

Federal lawsuit against President Trump's business interests allowed to proceed, deadly wildfires rage around the world, Betsy Devos is hurting students again, and more.

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Lawsuit alleging Trump’s business interests violate Constitution can proceed, judge rules

In a ruling passed down by a federal judge on Wednesday, a case brought against Donald Trump alleging his business interests violate the Constitution now that he is president will proceed in the court of law. Federal District Judge Peter Messitte was forced to define “emolument,” the first ruling of its kind in a federal court since it goes undefined in the Constitution.

White House bans CNN reporter from press event for asking questions

In retaliation for embarrassing President Donald Trump during a meeting with the president of the European Commission on Wednesday, the White House banned a CNN reporter from another press event with both presidents later that day. In an act of solidarity, other members of the White House press corps, including Fox News, have voiced their support for CNN’s correspondent.

Deadly wildfires rage around the world

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Yes, climate change is making wildfires worse.

Yosemite Valley, the heart of California’s most visited national park, has not been closed due to wildfires since 1990. But on Tuesday afternoon, officials announced the area would be evacuated as the Ferguson Fire engulfed the area.

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