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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a lower court motion to temporarily exempt travelers with family members already in the U.S., such as grandparents, cousins and other relatives, from Trump's travel ban. SCOTUS gave Trump a partial victory by blocking a San Francisco court's decision that would have exempted thousands of refugees from the ban.

Why it partially matters: The Supreme Court will review arguments in the case when the justices return from summer recess in October. All of their interim decisions are only temporary.

Refresher: On June 26, SCOTUS allowed Trump's 90-day ban to go into effect for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity" in the U.S. The administration soon after issued guidelines clarifying that a parent, spouse, fiance, son or daughter, siblings, son-in-law or daughter-in-law would be allowed to enter the country, but grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings-in-laws would be banned.

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) forced Senate clerks to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, which took nearly 11 hours and lasted until 2:05 a.m. Friday. The Senate then adjourned and is expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. to debate the bill before considering amendments.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers successfully pushed state health officials to exclude certain data on the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths from a July report, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.

Why it matters: The changes resulted in a "significant undercount of the death toll attributed to the state’s most vulnerable population," the WSJ wrote.

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An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.