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Secret Service agents and a new fence keep protesters out of Lafayette Park. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The U.S. Secret Service has closed the streets immediately on all four sides of the White House, with an agent telling Axios they'll remain closed "probably until the riots become peaceful, or stop."

Why it matters: Protesters near the White House were aggressively dispersed with tear gas and shields last night, before President Trump walked across Lafayette Park to St. John's Church. This decision will presumably force any protests to take place farther from the White House.

Details: The following streets have been closed "until further notice," according to the Secret Service.

  • 17th Street Between Constitution and H Street NW
  • 15th Street between Constitution and H Street, NW
  • H Street between 15th and 17th Street, NW

One of the many Secret Service agents along 15th Street informed Axios at around 7:30am that the closures were in effect "as of about an hour ago” and would remain in place “probably until the riots become peaceful, or stop.”

  • A fence was also erected overnight near Lafayette Park, apparently to keep protesters out of the area.
  • The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the closures, or how long they will be in place.

Worth noting: The Secret Service often blocks off the areas around the White House for security reasons, though it would be unusual for these streets to remain closed for an extended period of time.

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The House of Representatives will be called back from August recess on Saturday to consider legislation related to the U.S. Postal Service, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirmed on Monday.

Why it matters: Democratic lawmakers say they have been inundated with complaints about policy changes by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that are disrupting the USPS ahead of an election that will see a record number of mail-in ballots. DeJoy is a former fundraiser for President Trump, who defended him this weekend.

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Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.