A pro abortion-rights protest in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2019. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Two federal judges have blocked restrictive abortion laws from moving forward in Georgia and Tennessee, AP reports.

Why it matters: The laws were some of the most restrictive in the country. Both laws would have made abortions illegal once a heartbeat is detected, which happens around six weeks when most women don't even know they are pregnant.

In Georgia, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones struck down Georgia's 2019 "heartbeat" abortion law as unconstitutional.

  • Jones wrote: “HB 481 violates the constitutional right to privacy which, in turn, inflicts per se irreparable harm on plaintiffs.”

In Tennessee, U.S. District Judge William Campbell blocked the state's abortion law shortly after Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill on Monday.

  • The court also blocked the provision banning abortions based on race, sex or diagnosis of Down syndrome.
  • Some provisions from the law are still in place, but they do not further ban the procedure in Tennessee.

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Judge orders Georgia to have paper backups of pollbooks on Election Day

A long line in Atlanta for Georgia's primary election on June 9. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday ruled that polling places in Georgia must have at least one paper backup list of eligible voters, in case the electronic pollbooks used to check voter registration malfunction on Election Day.

The big picture: Voting integrity activists who brought the suit have argued the order could keep long lines, like the ones seen in Georgia's June primary, from forming again. The order also requires the state to have emergency paper ballots on hand in the case of voting machine malfunction.

Pre-bunking rises ahead of the 2020 election

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Tech platforms are no longer satisfied with debunking falsehoods — now they're starting to invest in efforts that preemptively show users accurate information to help them counter falsehoods later on.

Why it matters: Experts argue that pre-bunking can be a more effective strategy for combative misinformation than fact-checking. It's also a less polarizing way to address misinformation than trying to apply judgements to posts after they've been shared.

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Locker Room wants to reinvent how fans talk sports

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Locker Room, a social audio app where fans can talk sports and spontaneously join live conversations, launches Tuesday on the App Store.

The state of play: The company behind Locker Room, Betty Labs, has raised $9.3 million in seed funding led by Google Ventures with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Axios has learned.

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