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Trump named in more than 50 lawsuits since inauguration

Comparatively, Barack Obama was named in three and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were each named in four cases between January 20 and February 1

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USA, 4 Feb, 2017: US President Donald Trump has been named in more than 50 lawsuits since taking the oath of office, media reports said.

According to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, since being sworn in on January 20, Trump has been named in 52 federal cases in 17 different states, NBC news reported.

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Comparatively, Barack Obama was named in three and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were each named in four cases between January 20 and February 1.

Trump is facing a wave of legal challenges for his two controversial executive orders that focus on immigrants from Muslim-majority nations or immigrants who entered the US illegally. They also will have to battle a lawsuit over Trump’s possible conflicts related to his business holdings.

The suits filed against Trump include one by The Council on American Islamic Relations, alleging discrimination against Muslims while another was filed on behalf of several travellers trapped at a Washington airport, who are being barred from travelling.

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The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington also sued the President, claiming he violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause — which bars him from accepting valuable gifts from foreign leaders — the second he took office. His countless business deals could be counted as valuables, the group argued in the lawsuit.

Other suits alleged that Trump’s business career poses dangerous conflicts of interest to the US. (IANS)

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Let’s Celebrate Father’s Day With Most famous Founding Fathers

Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.

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Founding Fathers, left to right, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson revise the Declaration of Independence. (Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris)
Founding Fathers, left to right, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson revise the Declaration of Independence. (Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris), VOA

In the United States on the third Sunday of June we celebrate Father’s Day! So, today we celebrate fathers with some expressions that use the word “father” and “dad.”

Let’s begin with a great father idiom!

Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.

An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Without parents, orphans can often feel alone in the world. There is no adult to claim them, so to speak.

We can say the same about failures. Often people, do not want to claim them as their own. People may not want to take ownership, for example, of a project at work that is a complete bust — you know, a failure.

On the other hand, it is not uncommon for people to fight over ownership of a big success. They always want to be on the right side of history.

“It was my idea!” “No, it wasn’t. I thought of it ages ago.” “Well, I did most of the work!”

You get the idea.

So, this idiom means that people like belonging to a successful cause but they distance themselves from a failed one.

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Father and son, Pixabay

Here’s how you can use it.

Let’s say a new business opens in your community. Everyone is excited about it! Some even invest money. It is the talk of the town. Then, it fails. People who once supported it don’t seem to remember supporting it.

When those people say to you, “Oh, I knew it would fail. It was doomed from the very beginning.” You can say to them, “Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.”

Now, you could say that creating the United States of America was a success. And there is a group of men who are famous for being on the right side of history.

We call them the Founding Fathers.

We capitalize these two words when we are talking about any member of the group who wrote the United States Constitution in 1787. Some of the most famous Founding Fathers are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

However, following the success of the musical Hamilton, perhaps Alexander Hamilton has temporarily won the title of “most famous” Founding Father.

But Founding Fathers aren’t just found in history books and on the Broadway stage. We also use this term in other situations.

A founding father is a person who starts or develops a new movement, idea or some other big concept. Used this way, however, we do not capitalize “founding father.”

The Founding Fathers of the U.S. are highly respected and admired by most people. Our next type of father isn’t.

Not all dads are the greatest. In fact, some leave their families and provide no money to help to raise their children. We have a special name for these dads – deadbeat dads.

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Just for the record, some moms do this, too. But we’ll have to cover that term next Mother’s Day! (VOA)