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Residents cast their votes at a polling place in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A Missouri judge issued a ruling on Tuesday prohibiting election authorities from requiring voters to present a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot, a move that blocks key parts of the state's voter ID law.

Why it matters: This means that voters will find it easier to vote in next month’s midterm election when the control of Congress is at stake — including a closely-watched Senate race between incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), whose office argued in support of the law. The permanent injunction also bars the state from advertising that a photo ID is required to vote, without specifying that other forms of identification may be used. The state plans to appeal the ruling.

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Scoop: CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern

Intensive care tents at overflow shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fact the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases."

8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.