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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday to allow the House to access secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Why it matters: The decision gives the House a win in a separation-of-powers dispute with the Trump administration, and it's one of many feuds between the administration and Congress that have played out in the courts in recent months.

The state of play: Lawyers for House Democrats argued that the information was crucial to determining whether President Trump lied to the special counsel in written testimony — part of what they claim is a pattern in the president's conduct that was relevant to the impeachment inquiry.

  • Tuesday's ruling confirms an earlier judgment from U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, who found that the material could be released in light of the House impeachment inquiry.

What's next: The Justice Department can appeal the ruling.

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A federal judge ordered Monday the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline — a project at the heart of battles over oil-and-gas infrastructure — while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental analysis.

Why it matters: The latest twist in the years-long fight over the pipeline is a defeat for the White House agenda of advancing fossil fuel projects and a win for Native Americans and environmentalists who oppose the project