Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upholding federal disclosure provisions concerning subtle advertisements meant to steer an elections; a Ninth Circuit panel refusing to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban declined a Justice Department request to halt the progress of the case; Justice Elena Kagan invokes President Donald Trump’s ever-evolving Twitter account Monday as justification to strike down a North Carolina law that limits registered sex offenders’ access to social media, and more.

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1.) 9th Circuit Keeps Travel Ban Appeal on Track

The same three-judge Ninth Circuit panel that refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban declined a Justice Department request to halt the progress of the case while Trump works on a new more constitutionally sound executive order.

 2.) Class Calls LexisNexis Publication Totally Useless

Hitting a LexisNexis subsidiary with a class action, a law firm says Matthew Bender & Co.’s self-proclaimed authority on landlord-tenant law in New York is anything but.

 3.) Sex Offenders May Have Trump to Thank for Twitter Access

Justice Elena Kagan invoked President Donald Trump’s ever-evolving Twitter account Monday as justification to strike down a North Carolina law that limits registered sex offenders from accessing social media.

 4.) Trump to Hike Defense Spending by $54 Billion

President Donald Trump has taken the wraps off a $500 billion spending plan that includes a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending funded by sweeping cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.

 5.) Electioneering-Disclosure Rules Upheld by SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court issued no comment Monday in upholding federal disclosure provisions concerning subtle advertisements meant to steer an election.

 6.) Justices to Consider Scope of Habeas Review

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh into the issue of which prior state court rulings a federal court should evaluate when deciding the merits of a condemned inmate’s appeal.

 7.)  Trump’s ‘Traitor’ Allegations Don’t Warrant Dismissal

A military judge refused to dismiss charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, finding that Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of the former Taliban detainee does not make it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

8.) Justices Pick Up Thorny Cases on Time Limits

The Supreme Court took up two cases Monday where confusing rules about time limits doomed a pair of employment lawsuits. In one case, the worker was following a federal judge’s erroneous orders.