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Federal appeals court says Texas owes $3 million in legal fees following voter ID case

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A U.S. appeals court said on Tuesday the state of Texas must pay about $3 million in legal fees to plaintiffs after being on the wrong side of a civil rights lawsuit over voting.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said a lower court made a mistake when it allowed Texas to avoid paying the fees and reversed its decision.

The trial stemmed from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law in 2011 by former Governor Rick Perry, a Republican. The measure, which supporters said would prevent voter fraud, required voters to present a photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID card.

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In October, a federal judge struck down the Texas law, saying it placed an unconstitutional burden on voters and discriminated against minorities.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Additional rpeorting by Lisa Bose McDermott in Texarkana, Texas; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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Prosecutors didn’t believe Lev Parnas claim he wasn’t operating on behalf of Ukraine: CNN

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Buried in a piece about the recent revelations that President Donald Trump was recorded demanding someone "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch, CNN revealed prosecutors don't believe Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"In November, federal prosecutors questioned [Joseph] Bondy about whether his client had been operating on behalf of Ukrainians at the dinner with Trump when Parnas said the ambassador was bad-mouthing the President, according to people familiar with the matter," reported CNN. "On behalf of his client, Bondy rebutted that suggestion, but prosecutors told him they didn't believe Parnas. Bondy declined to comment on any conversations with prosecutors."

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Trump lawyers ‘opened the door’ for him to testify — here are the questions George Conway would ask

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway took to the pages of The Washington Post to lay out the case for why President Donald Trump should testify in his impeachment trial.

"There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president’s defenders, isn’t Biden. No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling him has been established by an argument advanced by the president’s own lawyers," Conway wrote.

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Kellyanne Conway storms out of briefing room after reporters call on her to answer Jim Acosta’s question

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While White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham refuses to hold press briefings, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has been willing to talk to the press. That is unless the press asks questions she doesn't want to answer.

Such was the case Friday when Conway came to the briefing room to answer questions by reporters. When CNN's Jim Acosta asked if the White House was holding back evidence on Ukraine, Conway was annoyed. She started to lecture Acosta.

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Playboy reporter Brian Karem backed up Acosta.

"It's a simple question," he said.

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