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A Kansas Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach can be investigated by a citizen grand jury, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Kobach, a Republican running for governor, was accused of voter tampering in 2016. The appeals court ruled that he could be investigated for intentionally failing to process online voter registration filings and preventing "qualified residents from voting," per the AP. He was found in contempt of court in April for disobeying an order to register voters that had been previously blocked from registration due to Kansas' proof of citizenship law.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

Federal judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in Carroll rape defamation case

E. Jean Carroll in Warwick, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.

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