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A federal judge on Wednesday prevented the Justice Department from implementing policies announced by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year that disqualified some victims of domestic abuse and gang violence from obtaining asylum in the U.S.

Why it matters: Federal courts have delayed or struck down one Trump administration immigration policy after another — from DACA to the asylum ban to the defunding of sanctuary cities. Judge Emmet Sullivan, who also heard former national security adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing on Tuesday, called for any migrant wrongfully deported under the policy to be given a second chance at asylum.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.