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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas' controversial abortion ban, hours after the state requested an emergency intervention.

Why it matters: The three-judge panel's decision will allow Texas to once again enforce the ban despite a lower court judge's earlier ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

  • Some health care providers had already resumed performing abortions after the judge blocked the ban on Thursday.
  • The law will remain restored while the court considers Texas' request to keep it in effect during litigation.

Context: The Justice Department sued Texas last month, challenging the constitutionality of the ban on most abortions, which took effect on Sept. 1 after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to remain in place.

  • The U.S. district court ruling meant medical professionals could again offer abortions in Texas even after about six weeks of pregnancy without fear of facing a lawsuit by members of the public, at least temporarily.
  • The three-judge panel included Judge Carl Stewart, nominated by former President Bill Clinton; Judge Catharina Haynes, nominated by former President George W. Bush; and Judge James Ho, nominated by former President Donald Trump.

What to watch: The circuit ordered the Justice Department to respond by Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT.

  • The federal government is expected to appeal the stay to the full-court.

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Appeals court declines to block Maine vaccine mandate

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A federal appeals court on Friday denied an emergency request to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine, the Associated Press reports.

Driving the news: The mandate, which Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced in August, requires health care workers in Maine to get vaccinated by Oct. 29 or face losing their jobs.

Biden's SCOTUS commission to hold first public meeting on court reform

President Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's bipartisan commission on the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss expanding the court, term limits and more, the White House announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The six-month commission will offer an analysis of the principal arguments surrounding the divisive subject. Progressives are pushing for more seats after former President Trump appointed three justices to the court.

U.S. prepared to restart Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy in November

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The Department of Homeland Security said late Thursday that it is prepared to reinstate former President Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy in mid-November.

Driving the news: The Supreme Court in August upheld a lower court's decision ordering the administration to reimplement the policy formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. courts.