Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell throwing his support behind a congressional investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election through coordinated hacks; Chevron fighting a $1.5 billion claim over a 2012 Nigerian gas rig explosion; the Supreme Court agreeing to resolve a circuit split over whether a person convicted of selling products used to make drugs should be required to forfeit store profits, and more.

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1.) McConnell Joins Bipartisan Call for Probe of Election Meddling by Russia

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he supports a congressional investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election through a series of coordinated hacks.

2.) Chevron Fights $1.5 Billion Claim Over Nigerian Gas Rig Blast

Citing problems with fraud, a lack of evidence and obstacles to enforcing a U.S. court’s judgment overseas, a Chevron attorney on Friday urged a federal judge not to certify a class of Nigerian residents seeking $1.5 billion in damages over a 2012 gas rig explosion.

3.) Bundy Defendants Get Saucy With Judge

Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy on Friday refused to participate in a federal hearing with their father and 13 other defendants charged with 16 felonies arising from their April 2014 standoff with federal agents.

4.) Standing Rock Victory Shaky as Trump Presidency Looms

Standing Rock Tribe supporters celebrated the Dec. 4 news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an oil company’s permit to run a pipeline below their water source. But events that have followed show the elation could be short-lived.

5.) Justices to Answer Drug Forfeiture Question

The Supreme Court agreed to resolve a circuit split over whether a person convicted of selling products to make drugs should be required to forfeit store profits.

6.)  Breyer Calls on Justices to Revisit Death Penalty

A divided Supreme Court declined Monday to intervene in the case of a Florida man who has spent 40 on death row awaiting his execution. But in dissent Justice Stephen Breyer said the case is one that underscores the need for the high court to reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty.

7.) High Court Remands Case of Paypal Fraudster

The Supreme Court called for additional proceedings Monday in the appeal of a PayPal fraudster who says scheming to rip off the customer of a bank is different from ripping off the bank itself.

8.) State Can’t Log in National Forest Without U.S. OK

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a ruling that neither New Mexico nor one of its counties has the right to cut down trees in National Forests without federal permission.