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Trump pauses as he talks to the media after arriving on Marine One. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered Friday that the State Department save unused visa lottery slots for two Iranian citizens and two Yemenis — if the Supreme Court finds Trump's travel ban unlawful, per Politico. They won visas from the annual, 50,000-person lottery to immigrate to the U.S., but Trump's travel ban has blocked them from getting those visas.

The order would make it difficult for the Supreme Court to declare the legal battle over the travel ban dead, since the issue appears to remain unsettled.

Catch up quick: After the Trump administration issued its new, country-specific travel ban last week, the Supreme Court announced it would no longer hear oral arguments, but would still accept written arguments. Before now, if the Supreme Court were to hear arguments on the travel ban in the future, it was likely that the question before the court would be whether the controversy is still live. This might make it live again.

Trump's new order keeps Iran and Yemen under some restrictions.

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

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