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President Trump at the White House on June 26. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The injunction on a memoir about President Trump written by his niece was lifted on Wednesday by a judge in New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Second Department.

Driving the news: The judge ruled that publisher Simon & Schuster did not seem to be bound by the confidentiality agreement signed by Mary Trump, author, of the book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man," which was due for release on July 28. However, Justice Alan Scheinkman upheld the restraining order against the president's niece.

What they're saying: "While Ms. Trump unquestionably possesses the same First Amendment expressive rights belonging to all Americans, she also possesses the right to enter into contracts, including the right to contract away her First Amendment rights,” the judge said.

  • "Unlike Ms. Trump, Simon & Schuster has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights."

The big picture: The president's younger brother Robert Trump filed a lawsuit against their niece, who's the daughter of their deceased elder brother Fred Trump Jr., over the tell-all book.

  • The president told Axios' Jonathan Swan last month that Mary Trump was "not allowed to write a book" because of the non-disclosure agreement she signed.
  • A New York judge issued an injunction temporarily blocking publication of the memoir on Tuesday.

What's next: Mary Trump’s attorney Ted Boutrous tweeted that he would file a brief in the trial court on Thursday explaining why the order against her "must be vacated."

Go deeper: Trump says niece "not allowed" to write book because of nondisclosure agreement

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Appeals court says Trump must turn over tax records

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of a lower court decision that would force President Trump to comply with a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance for eight years of his financial records.

What's next: Trump is expected to attempt appealing the decision in the Supreme Court, per the New York Times, although Vance has agreed to not enforce a subpoena for 12 days as long as the president's lawyers move quickly.

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Celebrities are America's new politicians

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Launching gubernatorial bids, making presidential endorsements, founding schools: Celebrities are getting increasingly involved in U.S. public and political life.

Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview of career politicians, as companies and their CEOs throw their weight around to affect policies. Now, movie stars, famous musicians and professional athletes also are using their influence in politics.

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Baseball's minor leaguers get a major win

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Starting next season, MLB teams will be required to provide housing for minor league players.

Why it matters: "This is a historic victory," Harry Marino, director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers, told ESPN. It's also just the beginning of a fight for improved quality of life.