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UPDATE 3:53 P.M.: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday afternoon denied Wildstein's allegations: "I have not and will not say anything differently than I've been saying since January 2014, no matter what is said up there (in Newark federal court). I had no knowledge, prior to or during these lane realignments, I had no role in authorizing it, I had no knowledge of it, and there's been no evidence ever put forward that I did."

The key witness in the Bridgegate trial on Tuesday recalled how he and other officials bragged to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the ramifications of their plot to cause a massive, multi-day traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge as the gridlock was still underway in 2013.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will have to explain to a federal judge Friday in Kansas why he should not be held in contempt of court for his handling of a ruling blocking the state's proof-of-citizenship voting requirement, according to an order issued by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson Monday.

The order came after the ACLU and the other civil rights groups that sued him over the requirement requested the court force Kobach to follow an earlier order that he restore the voting rights of those who didn't show a proof of citizenship when registering to vote at the DMV.

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Donald Trump has in the last week attempted to erase his history with birtherism by claiming he put the issue to bed when, by his account, he single-handedly forced President Barack Obama in 2011 to release his long-form birth certificate, and by falsely insisting that the conspiracy theory sprang from Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

At least one former Clinton supporter, whose name is synonymous with the birther movement, told TPM in a Wednesday phone interview he doesn’t mind that his promotion of the myth that the country's first black President wasn't born on U.S. soil contributed to Trump incorrectly pinning its origins on Clinton's campaign.

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A birther supporter was among the Donald Trump backers who introduced the nominee at the Friday event where he attempted to walk back his birtherism.

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney was one of the military vets who spoke at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

But back in 2010, McInerney wrote an affidavit that questioned the constitutionality of President Obama's authority, based on the "widespread and legitimate concerns" about his birth records, TPM reported at the time.

McInerney wrote the affidavit in support of Army Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who was refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because he did not believe Obama was a legitimate president, citing birtherism.

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Republicans in Wisconsin discussed ginning up concerns about voter fraud in the midst of a high-stakes Supreme Court race in 2011, so that if the justice they were supporting lost, they would be well-positioned to demand a recount.

The discussion occurred in a series of emails published in massive document dump by the Guardian Wednesday, alongside its report on how Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) danced around campaign finance laws. The emails in question occurred April 6, 2011, the day after Election Day, when Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's race was deemed too close to call.

The push by GOP operatives of a strategy that plays up fears of "election fraud" -- which is extremely rare, but an oft-cited justification for restrictive voting laws -- falls in line with what critics of voting restrictions have said for a long time: that voter fraud is not a major problem, but is instead used as an excuse by Republicans to promote a veiled agenda.

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More than a month after Texas submitted an agreement to soften its voter ID law that an appeals court called discriminatory, the legal fight around the law continues as its critics accuse Texas of allowing officials to undermine the agreement.

A district judge on Thursday scheduled a hearing later this month on the concerns raised by the private challengers in the lawsuit against the law.

The challengers -- which include voter advocacy groups and civil rights organizations -- filed a motion Wednesday questioning the comments made by Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart to the Houston Press last month.

Stanart said he intends to investigate every voter who claims he or she does not have the required photo ID and signs the court-approved affidavit exempting them from the ID requirement. He said he would check the state's database of people to whom it has issued IDs against the voters who sign the affidavit to see if they are lying about not having the required ID. Stanart said that it's "up to" the county clerk's office "whether anything happens" from the investigation.

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Yet another North Carolina Republican party official was caught directing members of local election boards to limit early voting hours in what has been a pattern of GOP attempts to undermine an appeals court ruling knocking down state voting restrictions.

NCGOP 1st Congressional District Chairman Garry Terry sent an email -- surfaced by The News and Observer Wednesday via an open records request -- directed to GOP members of county election boards, in which he told them that they “are expected to act within the law and in the best interest of the party.”

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The Justice Department is accusing the state of Texas of defying a federal court order by misleading voters and poll workers about the state's voter ID law requirements in advance of November's elections.

In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department asked a federal judge to order Texas to correct information it is circulating about its voter ID law, accusing the state of offering poor explanations to voters and poll workers about the updated requirements for voting, the Texas Tribune reported.

"Voters are receiving in accurate or misleading information that suggests they will not be able to cast ballots that count in November. Limited funds are being used on inaccurate materials," the filing reads.

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