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GOP legislative leaders in North Carolina have tried for a decade to require photo IDs to cast ballots. Republican House Speaker Tim Moore is shown here gaveling in a session in April 2020. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Special counsel John Durham, here in 2018, was tapped by former Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the FBI's investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Department of Justice via AP hide caption

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The Trump-Russia Probe's Special Counsel Has Charged A Lawyer With Lying To The FBI

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Security fencing was reinstalled around the U.S. Capitol Wednesday night ahead of a planned Sept. 18 rally by far-right supporters of former President Donald Trump. They are demanding the release of rioters arrested after the Jan. 6 attack. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Capitol Will Face Its Biggest Security Test Since Jan. 6 On Saturday

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., continues to make President Biden's handling of the economy the central theme in the runup to the 2022 midterms. McCarthy is poised to run for speaker if the GOP takes control of the House of Representatives. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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To Retake Congress, The GOP Plans To Attack Democrats On The Economy

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President Biden speaks to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday during the virtual announcement of a trilateral defense partnership with Australia and the U.K. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined in. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sought to reassure China's military that the U.S. wasn't planning an attack in the final months of former President Donald Trump's term in office, according to the book Peril. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Gymnasts (from left) Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation. Nassar was charged in 2016 with federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan and is now serving decades in prison. Saul Loeb/Pool via AP hide caption

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, left, waves to the crowd accompanied by his partner, Marlon Reis, in 2019. The two were married Wednesday, marking the first same-sex marriage of a sitting governor. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department suit over Texas' abortion law last week. Now the department is asking a federal judge to temporarily block enforcement of the law while its lawsuit proceeds. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., takes notes during a Senate Rules Committee field hearing on July 19 in Atlanta on the issue of voting rights. Klobuchar and several other Democratic senators have unveiled new voting legislation. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Klobuchar on the new voting bill, from Morning Edition

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A copy of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference report sits at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 18, 2017. The legislation was passed using the budget reconciliation process. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has proposed rolling back much of the 2017 GOP tax cuts to help pay for President Biden's $3.5 trillion social spending plan. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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In their Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had a heated debate in 2016 about what "progressive" means. Even now, it's not totally clear. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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More And More Democrats Embrace The 'Progressive' Label. Here's Why

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The Democratic National Committee's executive director thanked the U.S. Capitol Police for containing the threat near the group's headquarters in Washington, D.C., pictured in 2018. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The main gate of the privately run Leavenworth Detention Center in 2016. At the time, the prison's operator was known as the Corrections Corporation of America but has since been renamed CoreCivic. Legal advocates are hoping the facility shuts down when its federal contract ends at the end of 2021. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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A recent Department of Justice report criticized the FBI for its handling of abuse claims against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, pictured. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a No on the Recall campaign event with Vice President Harris on Wednesday in San Leandro, Calif. President Biden is set to campaign with Newsom on Monday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett speaks Sunday at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center in Kentucky. She told an audience that "judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties." Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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