Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the Defense Department’s inspector general telling Congress that low morale at U.S. Central Command feeds the perception of a rigged system; a Florida appeals court ordered the release of a “Dr. Phil” show interview with a man accused of killing a couple in their garage and then proceeding to chew on the face of one of the victims; a backpack search raises privacy questions in Ohio, and more.

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1.) Intel-Distortion Fears Blamed on Low Morale

Walking members of Congress through his office’s investigation of intelligence distortion at U.S. Central Command, the Defense Department’s inspector general testified Tuesday that low morale feeds the perception of a rigged system.

2.) Trump Calls to Put ‘Trivial Fights Behind Us’

Saying “the time for small thinking is over” and “the time for trivial fights is behind us,” President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday night.

 3.) Court Orders Accused Killer’s ‘Dr. Phil’ Interview Released

A Florida appeals court ordered the release of a “Dr. Phil” show interview with a man accused of killing a couple in the garage of their home and then proceeding to chew off parts of one of the victim’s face.

 4.) Ammon Bundy Changes Story in Takeover Trial 2

Cleared of charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Ammon Bundy on Tuesday testified on behalf of the second round of defendants that the occupation was planned well in advance of its Jan. 2, 2016, launch – the opposite of what he testified in his own trial.

 5.) Suit Probes State Ties to Climate-Change Groups

Fearing that the State Department helped organize climate-change activists before President Barack Obama left office, a coal-funded think tank has brought a federal complaint to access the agency’s emails.

6.) British TV Streamer Hits EU Copyright Roadblock

A British law that allows internet television services to stream network programming to users in the region where the original broadcast was made violates EU copyright law, the European Court of Justice held Wednesday.

7.)  Backpack Search Raises Privacy Questions in Ohio

Attorneys for Ohio fought in the state’s highest court Wednesday to overturn a trial court’s ruling suppressing evidence of a gun discovered during the search of a high school student’s backpack.

8.) Recent Judicial Appointments Mirror California’s Diversity

The last five years marked many firsts for judicial appointments throughout California, according to data released by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office Tuesday.