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President Biden has nominated acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to the job on a permanent basis, the White House said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Prelogar, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the second woman to ever be in charge of representing the U.S. during litigation before the Supreme court.

Background: Prelogar is a Harvard Law graduate and served as a clerk to Attorney General Merrick Garland during when he was a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court. She has been a clerk for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan — the only woman to have been solicitor general.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the White House's announcement.

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Justice Department is suing Texas over new abortion ban

Pro-choice protesters march down Congress Avenue at a protest outside the Texas state Capitol on May 29, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images 

The Justice Department has sued Texas over its new law banning abortions after six weeks, Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an announcement Thursday, calling the law "clearly unconstitutional."

Driving the news: The lawsuit comes after Garland vowed to "protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services," adding that "[w]e will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services."

House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill

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House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: There has never a situation where military aid for Israel was held up because of objections from members of Congress. While the funding will likely get a vote in a future defense bill, the clash underscores the deep divisions within the Democratic party over Israel.

Oversight Board calls for more Facebook transparency

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The Facebook Oversight Board on Tuesday called on the social media giant to "commit to transparency" in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report last week that millions of high-profile users get special treatment by content moderators.

Why it matters: Although initially funded by Facebook, the Oversight Board operates independently as a kind of Supreme Court for the platform. The company has agreed to obey its rulings on specific content disputes, but the board's broader policy advice is strictly on a "recommendation" basis.

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