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Susan Walsh / AP

President Trump may disagree with a federal judge's order halting his travel ban on citizens of 7 Muslim-majority nations, but his administration is moving fast to respond to the court's directives.

  • The State Department has reinstated cancelled visas, per instructions from the Department of Justice.
  • Homeland Security won't have airlines stop visa holders from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Why it matters: The Trump administration was slow to respond to court orders last weekend on refugees detained at airports. This time around, it seems to be responding to court orders, and fast.

What's next: More lawsuits. The White House says it will appeal the order, which the president has called "ridiculous."

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Updated 1 hour ago - Health

CDC: Vaccinated people in COVID hotspots should resume wearing masks

CDC director Rochelle Walensky and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at a Senate HELP committee hearing. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on Tuesday recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in indoor, public settings if they are in parts of the U.S. with substantial to high transmission, among other circumstances.

Why it matters: The guidance, a reversal from recommendations made two months ago, comes as the Delta variant continues to drive up case rates across the country. Millions of people in the U.S. — either by choice or who are ineligible — remain unvaccinated and at risk of serious infection.

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3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

U.S. students fell 4 to 5 months behind during pandemic

An empty classroom in Pinole, Calif. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Elementary school students in the U.S. ended the school year four to five months behind their expected level of academic achievement, according to a new report.

Why it matters: Months of school closures and often inferior remote education eroded what schoolchildren would have learned since the pandemic began, and caused some to go backwards.