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A teeny lapse in government funding:



Via The Hill’s Niv ElisPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data

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Trump Signs Stopgap Spending Bill to Keep Government Funded

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill early Thursday to keep the government funded through early December, after the Senate overwhelmingly agreed to punt a series of thorny debates about federal funding once the general election was over.

The funding was set to lapse at midnight, with the official start of the new fiscal year, and Mr. Trump signed the measure nearly an hour afterward as he returned from a campaign rally in Minnesota, a White House spokesman said. The Senate passed the measure 84 to 10 on Wednesday, but the bill, which the House approved last week, reached his desk after he left Washington.

The delayed signature had little effect on the function of the federal government. The Office of Management and Budget had instructed federal agencies on Wednesday to continue normal operations and “to not engage in orderly shutdown activities,” a senior administration official said,

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Federalist Society funded trips to universities and conventions by Amy Coney Barrett

Judges do not have to reveal how much was spent on their behalf, but the Federalist Society paid for travel, lodging, meals and her convention registration, according to the disclosure report. Altogether, the trips covered 17 days, including five days for the convention.

Those were among 13 trips that Barrett reported altogether. Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University paid for her to come and engage with students. The University of Notre Dame, where she continued to teach while serving as a judge, also paid to send her to give speeches in Seattle and Savannah, Ga. George Mason University paid for her to attend a tribute to the late former Justice Antonin Scalia held in Arlington and Washington.

The St. Thomas More Society of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dallas paid for her to attend the Catholic Bar Association General Assembly in Dallas for three days

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