Stopgap spending bill:President Donald Trump signed a monthlong spending bill Thursday hours before government funding was set to expire at midnight. The Senate approved the bill 74-20 earlier in the day. The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal year 2020 began on Oct. 1. The stopgap measure will fund the government through Dec. 20.
Hong Kong bills:China on Thursday demanded that President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take "strong countermeasures" if the bills become law. One bill mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses, and the other prohibits export of certain nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the bills Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed them on voice votes.
Navy SEAL designation:President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that the Navy "will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," inserting himself into an ongoing legal review of the sailor's ability to hold onto the pin that designates him a SEAL. Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher was acquitted of a murder charge in the stabbing death of an Islamic State captive, but a military jury convicted him of posing with the corpse while in Iraq in 2017. He was demoted to chief. His lawyers have accused the Navy of trying to remove the SEAL designation in retaliation for Trump's decision last week to restore Gallagher's rank.
California primary ballot:President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California's primary ballot next spring, the State Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates the state constitution's "specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot," the court said.— The Associated Press