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A federal judge temporarily blocked Wednesday an attempt by election officials in Texas to purge suspected noncitizen voters from electoral rolls, saying there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Why it matters: U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio's ruling comes after Republican Texas Secretary of State David Whitley's claims in January that almost 100,000 registered voters would need a citizenship review to be able to vote — an investigation The Washington Post reports was soon found to be "deeply flawed". Judge Biery called officials' conduct “ham-handed” and “threatening”. The case may impact on Whitley's political career as the Texas Senate has yet to confirm him. Opposition from the chamber’s 12 Democrats would prevent him from winning the required two-third majority, the Post reports. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in response the judge was "improperly assuming control" over the state's voting system, according to NPR.

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Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

What they're saying: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a "tireless and resolute champion of justice"

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Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading figures paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night at age 87.

What they're saying: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87, the Supreme Court announced Friday evening.

The big picture: Ginsburg had suffered from serious health issues over the past few years. Her death sets up a fight over filling a Supreme Court seat with less than 50 days until the election.