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A judge in Maryland joined another judge in Hawaii in blocking the Trump administration’s latest travel ban hours before it was set to take full effect. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang granted a nationwide preliminary injunction late Tuesday after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii blocked the revised ban. The ban sought to place travel restrictions on citizens of eight countries. Chuang’s ruling said the administration had “not shown that national security cannot be maintained without an unprecedented eight-country travel ban.”

Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence’s older brothers, has filed a tax document indicating he will seek the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years. He formed the Greg Pence for Congress Committee on Monday, according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service. The district covers a broad swath of central and southeastern Indiana, including Muncie and Columbus.

A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented immigrant teenager in custody to have an abortion and said she was “astounded” that the Trump administration was trying to block the procedure. The Justice Department, which is defending the Department of Health and Human Services, declined to comment on whether it would appeal. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to allow the 17-year-old to visit an abortion provider closest to her shelter in Texas on Thursday and undergo state-mandated counseling before having the procedure on Friday or Saturday.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely “exonerating” her before the 2016 election. “Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this — obviously a fix?” Trump wrote. “Where is Justice Dept?”

A lawsuit accuses Trump of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept payments from foreign governments, and a judge wants the group behind the case to justify its legal right to sue the president. The suit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleges that Trump’s hotels in Washington and New York attract foreign business — in violation of a part of the Constitution that’s supposed to prohibit the payment of foreign money to a U.S. president. The Department of Justice has sought to dismiss the case.

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