Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the House sparring over U.S. financing of commercial planes for Iran; A federal judge telling Gawker it must face an attorney’s $100 million libel claim; a class of plaintiffs fights the president-elect’s request to delay the Trump University fraud trial, and more.

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1.) House Spars Over U.S. Financing of Commercial Planes for Iran

Putting U.S. financing off-limits for Iran to buy or lease commercial Boeing aircraft was the first order of business for the House Rules Committee, on its first day back after a long recess and the presidential election of Donald Trump.

2.) U.S. Spy Court Pushed to Release Sealed Records

WASHINGTON (CN) – The American Civil Liberties Union wants the federal government to unveil a trove of secret, sealed court records that contain crucial information about National Security Agency surveillance programs.

3.) NFL Settlement Spikes Mandatory Ticket Price Floors

Football fans will no longer see a mandatory price floor for game tickets after the National Football League reached an antitrust settlement Tuesday with six attorneys general.

4.) Gawker Must Face Attorney’s $100M Libel Claim

A Chicago attorney acquitted of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman he met via Craigslist can sue Gawker Media for defamation, the Seventh Circuit ruled.

5.)  Trump Transition Effort Showing Signs of Strain

Donald Trump’s transition team appeared to be feeling the strain of setting up a new Republican administration on Tuesday, with the departure of two advisers amidst other problems.

6.)  Judge Orders Release of ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject

Wisconsin said it will plead with the Seventh Circuit to keep Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” fame imprisoned pending a federal appeal of his recently overturned conviction.

7.) Class Fights President-Elect’s Bid to Delay Trump University Fraud Trial

Former Trump University students did not mince words in an opposition filed Monday regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s request to delay trial of the class action against his former real estate school, calling the request a “slippery slope” and arguing his election win does not change the legal standard for moving the case forward.

8.) WWE Cleared on Overdose Death of Doink the Clown

A federal judge tossed from the ring claims against World Wrestling Entertainment by family of Doink the Clown, the late wrestling villain who overdosed on painkillers in 2013.

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