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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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CDC: Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take fewer precautions in certain situations, including socializing indoors without masks when in the company of low-risk or other vaccinated individuals, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday.

Why it matters: The report cites early evidence that suggests vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection, and are potentially less likely to transmit the virus to other people. At the time of its publication, the CDC said the guidance would apply to about 10% of Americans.

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Ripple CEO calls for clearer crypto regulations following SEC lawsuit

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse tells "Axios on HBO" that if his company loses a lawsuit brought by the SEC, it would put the U.S. cryptocurrency industry at a competitive disadvantage.

Why it matters: Garlinghouse's comments may seem self-serving, but his call for clearer crypto rules is consistent with longstanding entreaties from other industry players.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt will not seek re-election in 2022

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), widely seen as a member of the Republican establishment in Congress, will not run for re-election in 2022, he announced on Twitter Monday.

Why it matters: The 71-year-old senator is the No. 4-ranking Republican in the Senate, and the fifth GOP senator to announce he will not run for re-election in 2022 as the party faces questions about its post-Trump future.