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J.Castro/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — In a new projection from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the federal budget deficit – the gap between government revenue vs. spending – will be $1.9 trillion for the 2024 fiscal year. The deficit forecast is $400 billion higher than the CBO’s last estimate in February, an increase of 27%. The […]

Getty Images – STOCK (DES MOINES, Iowa.) — A federal judge in Iowa paused a state law giving local law enforcement the ability to arrest migrants in the state illegally, saying it is not the state’s job, but rather the job of the federal government to enforce immigration laws. Signed into law in April, SF2340 […]

Spencer Platt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A federal judge in New York on Thursday rejected former President Donald Trump’s bid for a new trial in a defamation case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. The ruling upheld the jury’s $83.3 million damage award. “Contrary to the defendant’s arguments, Ms. Carroll’s compensatory damages were not awarded […]

Jeenah Moon-Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A federal judge in New York on Thursday rejected former President Donald Trump’s bid for a new trial in a defamation case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. The ruling upheld the jury’s $83.3 million damage award. “Contrary to the defendant’s arguments, Ms. Carroll’s compensatory damages were not awarded […]

Cars sit parked in front of a Kroger Co. grocery store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Sunday, April 26, 2020. (Stacie Scott/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (WASHINGTON) — The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued to halt the Kroger and Albertsons merger, according to court documents filed in federal court. The merger would represent two of […]

Atlantide Phototravel/Getty Images (ORLANDO, Fla.) — A federal judge in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Disney against Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials over the state legislature’s decision to alter the governing structure of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Disney had argued in the lawsuit, filed last April, that the change to the […]

Douglas Sacha/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s federal election interference case was the victim of swatting Sunday night at her Washington, D.C., home, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday. Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement it responded to a house in the District around 10 p.m. for […]

Miguel Sotomayor/Getty Images (IDAHO) — A federal judge has preliminarily blocked an Idaho law banning gender-affirming healthcare treatments for transgender people under 18 years old. The law was set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, and would have made it a felony to provide such care. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Wednesday […]

George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The 440 lawsuits brought against the makers of Tylenol and generic acetaminophen do not have “admissible evidence” to show that prenatal exposure to the medication can lead to autism or ADHD, a federal judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote wrote in her opinion that at […]

Mint Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A federal judge in New York has ordered a vast unsealing of court documents in early 2024 that will make public the names of scores of Jeffrey Epstein’s associates. The documents are part of a settled civil lawsuit alleging Epstein’s one-time paramour Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated the sexual abuse of […]