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The Texas Attorney General's office on Friday asked the Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision striking down its voter ID law.

The appeal will not affect the November election, during which non-ID carrying voters will be able to sign an affidavit to vote, per a court-approved agreement between the state and the challengers who brought a suit against the 2011 voter ID law.

In Friday's petition, Texas asks the Supreme Court to reverse the opinion of the majority of the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals -- considered the most conservative court in the country -- which said that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it had the effect of discriminating against minority voters.

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Donald Trump’s practice of using money from his charitable foundation for his personal benefit are obvious violations of the law and even have the potential of getting the Trump Foundation shut down, charity law experts told TPM.

One non-profit attorney said that Trump was “flirting” with violating an IRS regulation that would, in effect, terminate the foundation. Another lawyer – a former chief of the Charities Bureau in the New York State Attorney General's office – said it was “conceivable” that an attorney general could seek to dissolve a foundation for self-dealing, if they can prove “it’s not really acting like a charitable foundation.”

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The historic gains Republicans made in North Carolina in 2012 -- capturing both chambers of the legislatures as well as the governorship for the first time since 1870 -- have come with a cost.

The lurch to the extreme right the state took in the following years has given Gov. Pat McCrory (R) a tough reelection battle, as the sharp partisan split in the state means that it would take only a small electoral shift to flip the governorship back to blue. The irony of McCrory’s current conundrum is that he won the governorship on his reputation of being a pragmatic problem-solver, but now is contending with a record that reflects a social conservative, hard-line agenda.

The drag of the anti-transgender legislation known as HB2 on his campaign is perhaps the greatest example, with a solid plurality voters in a recent poll saying his support of it makes them less likely to back him.

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In a town hall event with Sean Hannity scheduled to air Wednesday night, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will say that "stop and frisk" is a good way to address crime in the black community.

"I would do stop and frisk," Trump said according to a copy of the partial transcript tweeted out by NBC News. "I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well, and you have to be proactive, and you know, you really help people change sort of change their mind automatically. You understand, you have to have, in my opinion. I see what's going on here. I see what's going on in Chicago, I think stop and frisk."

Trump was asked the question at a town hall event held at a largely African-American church in Cleveland, Ohio, according to Reuters.

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It's an election between a former Secretary of State and a never-before elected Manhattan business mogul who until recently wasn't raising much money, has some serious reservations about decades-old American commitments to NATO and has just recently begin beefing up the grassroots infrastructure many candidates spend years building. And yet, this presidential election looks pretty close by a lot of metrics.

On Capitol Hill, however, Senate Democrats are brushing off any suggestion that Clinton is struggling – or that they're nervous about her chances.

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