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Voters cast their ballots in Sutton, New Hampshire. Photo: Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

A New Hampshire Superior Court judge on Monday temporarily blocked the state from applying new voter registration requirements in the midterm elections in two weeks amid concerns from critics who said it deliberately targets college students and others who are more likely to vote Democratic.

Why it matters: Republicans narrowly lost New Hampshire in 2016. President Trump claimed voter fraud, but Judge Kenneth Brown ruled that voter fraud is extremely rare and that the law will "result in potentially significant increases in waiting times at polling places throughout the state, particularly those with large turnout." He added because "the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement."

Supporters of the measure, signed into law last year, argue that tightening residency requirements for those who register to vote on Election Day would prevent voter fraud and increase voter confidence. It required voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to prove they intend to become permanent New Hampshire residents. Opponents labeled it as an unnecessary barrier to the ballot box, adding that it would dissuaded people from voting.

  • Last year, a judge had allowed the law to take effect. But he said further hearings were necessary and blocked penalties of a $5,000 fine and potential jail sentences of up to a year for failing to submit residence paperwork 

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North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.