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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the 2013 National Urban League conference in Philadelphia July 25, 2013. The U.S. Justice Department plans to ask a federal court to reinstate its authority over voting laws in Texas, part of a new Obama administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says discriminate by race, Holder said on Thursday. REUTERS/Mark Makela

U.S. Justice Dept. wants renewed authority over Texas voting laws

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WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to ask a federal court to reinstate its authority over voting laws in Texas, part of a new Obama administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says discriminate by race, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

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