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An Arizona judge ruled that a ban on public school mask mandates, as well as a variety of other laws shoehorned into the state budget by Republican lawmakers, is unconstitutional.

The ruling frees public school leaders across Arizona to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks on campus. The law banning that authority was scheduled to take effect on Wednesday.

Updated September 27, 2021 at 7:21 PM ET

The government is on the brink of a partial shutdown after Senate Republicans blocked debate on a bill that would have simultaneously funded the government and suspended the nation's borrowing limit.

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Updated September 27, 2021 at 4:02 PM ET

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a key player in the House Democratic caucus, has launched a campaign to be the next mayor of Los Angeles.

"With my whole heart, I'm ready," Bass announced in a tweet Monday afternoon. "Let's do this — together. I'm running for mayor."

President Biden received a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot, on Monday. The White House hopes that the publicly broadcasted event will help assure Americans of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness amid continued hesitancy among many Americans.

"Like I did in my first and second COVID-19 vaccination shot, I'm about to get my booster shot and do it publicly," he said.

A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.

Hinckley is now 66 years old and has been living outside a mental health facility for the past several years, a result of a gradual lightening of supervision. His lawyer said the "momentous event" of Hinckley's full release in June is both appropriate and required by the law.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., expressed regret over her earlier opposition to same-sex marriage, a position she took eight years ago that led to a public falling out with her sister, Mary, who is gay and married with children.

"I was wrong. I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much," the lawmaker said in an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes.

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After 16 years, Germans have voted for a change.

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All right, with us now is Dan Sena. He's a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Good morning, dear.

DAN SENA: Good morning.

Updated September 27, 2021 at 2:10 PM ET

Top congressional Democrats worked through the weekend to untangle a snarl of competing demands from members of their own party on fiscal issues while continuing to battle Republicans over the nation's debt.

Updated September 27, 2021 at 2:18 PM ET

It may seem that Americans are only now discussing racism and all its ramifications out in the open after last year's nationwide protests against police brutality and the glaring social inequalities exposed by the pandemic.

But in 1968, a government report openly discussed racism in the United States in a way that sent shockwaves through the country.

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Adam Willmann was born in Goodall-Witcher hospital in Clifton, a small town in central Texas. Now he's its CEO, and he's worried his hospital may have to stop delivering babies.

That's because some of the experienced nurses in the Goodall-Witcher obstetrics department aren't vaccinated for COVID-19 and don't intend to be. But under a new federal mandate, hospitals will soon have to require their staff to be vaccinated.

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There is one question at the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album - what do you need a song for?

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ESPERANZA SPALDING: It's such a simple question, and I feel like we have the capacity to answer it (laughter).

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