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Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must immediately stop referring women for abortions, the Trump administration said Monday.

Driving the news: The Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice to clinics ahead of a planned conference with them Tuesday, saying it would begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, per CBS News. HHS will also require that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions, AP notes.

Where it stands: Planned Parenthood said Tuesday it will not comply with the administration's rule and that its clinics will refuse federal money as it fights in court to reverse the administration's rule. Planned Parenthood said its clinics "will start using its own emergency funds," per Politico.

The bottom line: HHS has said "no judicial orders currently prevent it from enforcing the rule while the litigation proceeds," writes the Washington Post.

Go deeper: The states that have passed abortion restriction laws

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Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks with reporters in the Capitol last month. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

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President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.

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Bolton lauds Barr for standing up to Trump

John Bolton. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

John Bolton says Attorney General Bill Barr has done more to undercut President Trump's baseless assertions about Democrats stealing the election than most Senate Republicans by saying publicly that the Justice Department has yet to see widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

What he's saying: “He stood up and did the right thing," Bolton said in a Wednesday phone interview.