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Sen. Rand Paul. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein via Getty Images

A Kentucky jury has awarded Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) about $580,000 in damages in a lawsuit against Paul's neighbor, who assaulted the senator and broke several of his ribs in November 2017, the AP reports.

The backdrop: An attorney for Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, said at the time that the attack was "over a matter that most people would regard as trivial." NBC later reported, however, that animosity between the two may have been a result of "Boucher's distaste for Paul's politics, as well as those of his father," former Texas congressman Ron Paul. Boucher plans to appeal the ruling.

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Top economic regulators stressed by vacancies

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The boom times are all around us (from corporate deal sprees to the breakneck rise of cryptocurrency) — and the agencies in charge are stretched thin trying to police it.

Why it matters: Overwhelmed staff and a slew of vacant posts could set back President Biden's big regulatory agenda.

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley announces run for re-election

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced on Friday that he's running for re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: The GOP is looking to regain control of both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. Several Republicans had urged the 88-year-old senator to run to avoid another retirement after five incumbent senators said they wouldn't seek re-election.

China deems all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

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China's central bank declared on Friday that all cryptocurrencies are illegal, banning crypto-related transactions and cryptocurrency mining, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: China's government is now following through with its goal of cracking down on unofficial virtual currencies, which it has said are a financial, social and national security risk and a contributor to global warming.

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