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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which was said to be one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the country.

The ruling: The presiding judge ruled that the state "shall not enforce" the law for 10 days and that the court "will take expedited briefing on whether it should issue a preliminary injunction and whether that relief should be consolidated with a trial on the merits."

The details: The standstill comes less than a day after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law, which triggered an immediate rebuke from abortion rights supporters and women's heath organizations. The challenge was filed by state’s only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The backdrop: In the filing requesting the halt, Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis says she’ll have to stop providing abortions to women past 15 weeks of pregnancy — or she would lose her state medical license under the new law. She said the clinic has “one patient past 14 weeks, 6 days [and is] scheduled for an abortion” on Tuesday afternoon. “That patient will be turned away, unless a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction has been issued.”

  • The lawsuit said the law is unconstitutional and should be immediately struck down.
  • "Under decades of United States Supreme Court precedent, the state of Mississippi cannot ban abortion prior to viability, regardless of what exceptions are provided to the ban," the suit reads.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in Tuesday night’s primary runoff, AP reports.

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Wells Fargo swung to its first loss since the financial crisis — while JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported significantly lower profits from a year earlier — as the banks set aside billions of dollars more in the second quarter for loans that may go bad.

Why it matters: The cumulative $28 billion in loan loss provisions that banks have so far announced they’re reserving serves as a signal they’re preparing for a colossal wave of loan defaults as the economy slogs through a coronavirus-driven downturn.