Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel handing the fledgling Trump administration a significant defeat Thursday afternoon, ruling against its effort to reinstate the ban on travelers from seven predominately Muslim nations; California’s drought rules are extended despite record-breaking rains in January; an Oklahoma town cancels its Valentine’s Day dance because its morality ordinance forbids dancing within 500 feet of a church, and more.

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1.) 9th Circ. Won’t Reinstate Trump Travel Ban

A unanimous Ninth Circuit panel handed the fledgling Trump administration a significant defeat Thursday afternoon, ruling against its effort to reinstate the ban on travelers from seven predominately Muslim nations that threw U.S. airports, streets and courts into chaos last week.

2.) California Drought Rules Extended, Despite Storms

On the heels of record-breaking January rainfall and with another atmospheric river storm looming off the California coast, state water regulators on Wednesday voted to extend emergency drought laws another nine months.

3.) Millennial Vote a Big Draw for DNC Chair Contenders

With little time left to wallow in existential malaise, the Democratic National Committee has until the end of the month to choose the party’s next chair. Enthusiastic opening shots by the new Republican administration have put the pressure on.

4.) Oklahomans Can’t Dance Too Close to a Church

A small Oklahoma town has canceled its Valentine’s Day dance because it would violate a morality ordinance that prohibits dancing within 500 feet of a church.

5.) N.C. Voters Claim GOP Activist’s Ballot Protests Defamed Them

Four North Carolina voters sued a Republican party activist for libel Wednesday, claiming he falsely accused them of voting illegally last November because they were felons or had voted in other states.

6.) New Mexico Court Crisis Averted, for Now

Facing a possible shutdown of jury trials, the New Mexico State Board of Finance voted Wednesday to give nearly $700,000 from emergency funds to the state’s embattled court system.

7.)  Los Angeles Will Protect Muslims if Necessary

Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to draft an ordinance barring city employees from cooperating with the federal government if President Donald Trump creates a Muslim database.

8.) Judge Won’t Block Police Force at Pipeline Protests

The use of force in a pipeline protest scuffle, which included police deploying water, rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters, might have been justified, a federal judge ruled.