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Epstein in 2004. Photo: Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender and former hedge fund investor, was denied bail by a federal judge in New York Thursday and will remain in jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Details: Judge Richard Berman said from the bench that Epstein presents both a flight risk and a danger to the community, which influenced his decision to deny bail, per CNBC.

The backdrop: Epstein was arrested earlier this month on charges linked to his involvement with dozens of young girls in the early 2000s. He has been accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars to partake in sexual acts during massage sessions, in addition to asking them to recruit others for his use.

  • Federal investigators also seized a series of nude photos depicting underage girls from Epstein's Manhattan townhouse, according to the New York Times.
  • He had previously received a federal plea deal in the case, but a judge later ruled that prosecutors had broken the law in granted the deal, which involved then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who recently stepped down as President Trump's labor secretary.

Go deeper ... What we know: The Jeffrey Epstein indictment

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.