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The Supreme Court cases Brett Kavanaugh will hear this week

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Brett Kavanaugh will hear his first Supreme Court cases this week — involving asbestos, immigration and a 1984 firearm law — with more high-profile cases to come in the future.

What’s next: The Trump administration also wants the Supreme Court to hear cases involving Trump’s attempt to end DACA, the Commerce Department’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census and the White House’s restriction of transgender service members in the U.S. military, reports the LA Times' David Savage.

Court ruling allows Kentucky's last abortion clinic to stay open

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A federal judge struck down a Kentucky law that required abortion clinics to have licensing agreements with hospitals and ambulances, ruling that the regulations have no "tangible benefit to women's health" and "effectively eliminate women's rights to abortions," reports CBS News.

Why it matters: The law was cited by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin during a fight to close EMW Women's Surgical Center, the state's last remaining abortion clinic. EMW will remain open for now, but Bevin's administration plans to file an appeal.