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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson is breaking with President Trump by backing Roy Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. In a release from Moore's campaign, Carson said: "He is truly someone who reflects the Judeo-Christian values that were so important to the establishment of our country. It is these values that we must return to in order to make America great again."

Why it matters: Carson's boss has vocally supported Luther Strange for the seat. Trump is speaking in Alabama this evening to campaign for Moore's opponent.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Of note: With 13 days until Election Day, the court voted 5-3 against the measure. Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer dissented.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.