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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Republican candidate for governor. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday evening is seeking an emergency court order to prevent Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp from overseeing the count of his own election.

Why it matters: Kemp’s dual roles have long triggered outrage among voting rights advocates and other critics, including former president and Georgia native Jimmy Carter, who argue his candidacy is a blatant conflict of interest and called for him to resign. Meanwhile, controversy over voting rights and the state’s electoral process has clouded one of the country’s most competitive midterm elections between Kemp and Stacey Abrams, who could become the country's first African-American female governor. Most recently, Kemp accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of attempting to hack into voter registration databases, without offering evidence.

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"Believe your eyes": Prosecutors make closing arguments in Chauvin trial

Steve Schleicher, an attorney for the prosecution in Derek Chauvin's trial, began closing arguments on Monday by describing in detail George Floyd's last moments — crying out for help and surrounded by strangers, as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial, seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades, will reverberate across the country and have major implications in the fight for racial justice.

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European soccer is at war

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Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

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2021's expected earnings blowout begins

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.