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North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper. Photo: Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

North Carolina's Republican-led state House of Representatives fell 5 votes short of a required majority to overturn a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper (D) of an abortion-related bill Wednesday.

Details: Cooper vetoed SB 359, known as the "born alive bill," which would have criminalized doctors and nurses who failed to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.

The big picture: The bill passed in the state Senate in April. It required 72 votes to pass in the house. Representatives voted 67-53 in favor of the override. Following Democratic gains in November's state elections, Republicans have needed the assistance of several Democrats since January to override Cooper’s vetoes, per AP.

What he's saying: Cooper said in a statement announcing the veto, "Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients."

Why it matters: It's a rare victory for many Democrats, who have expressed concern at conservative states passing abortion restrictions.

Go deeper: Where 2020 Democrats stand on abortion policy

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to an official report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.