Dec 23, 2017

Judge orders Trump's voter fraud commission to turn over internal documents

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

A federal judge on Friday ordered President Trump's voter fraud commission to turn over internal documents and give one of its Democratic members more access to the panel's records, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the 11-member board, had accused the panel of withholding crucial information from him and he's unable to be an active member.

Background: The commission, formally known as the President's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, was created after Trump falsely claimed that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election. Critics have accused the panel of being politically motivated, saying it's an attempt to substantiate the Trump claims.

The judge said her injunction might have come too late, per Politico. The commission held its last meeting in September and officials have said it will not meet again this year, according to Politico. It was expected to issue a report early next year, but several members reportedly say it's unclear if that would happen because the panel has been dormant for a couple of months

Go deeper: Some states worry Trump launching "voter suppression" efforts

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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