Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including Courthouse News wins First Amendment battle against the New York State court clerk; a federal judge orders the unveiling Monday of the search-warrant records that led the FBI to announce, shortly before Election Day, a new review of Hillary Clinton’s emails; North Carolina lawmakers will convene for a special session Tuesday to repeal the state’s controversial House Bill 2, and more.

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1.) Courthouse News Wins First Amendment Battle Against N.Y. Clerk

After extensive argument Friday afternoon, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled from the bench in favor of Courthouse News on its First Amendment motion to enjoin the state court clerk from continuing his practice of withholding press access to newly filed civil complaints until after clerical processing.

2.) FBI Records on Clinton Warrant Face Release

A federal judge ordered an unveiling Monday of the search-warrant records that led the FBI to announce, shortly before Election Day, a new review of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

3.) North Carolina Ready to Repeal House Bill 2

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday called for a special session of the state legislature to consider the repeal of the controversial House Bill 2, following a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council to rescind the anti-discrimination law that inspired the house bill.

4.) Regional Electric Plan Could Undo California Climate Laws

A giant irrigation district sued the University of California for records on a plan for California to help create a regional electricity market of 14 Western states — a plan the district believes could endanger California’s climate-change laws.

5.) Trump Taps Debt Critic for Budget Office

President-elect Donald Trump over the weekend selected Rep. Mick Mulvaney to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. It a separate move, he also announced his pick for Army secretary.

6.)  Proving Infidelity Spurs Wiretap Allegations

The Seventh Circuit revived wiretap claims against a woman who used an email-autoforwarding program to show that the husband she was divorcing had cheated on her.

7.) VW Says Class Action Belongs in Germany

Volkswagen attorneys on Friday urged a federal judge to relinquish jurisdiction over a shareholder class action seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for damage to its stock price from the emissions cheating scandal and recalls.

8.) Policymakers and Scientists Must Unite to Protect Coasts

Policymakers and scientists must work together to develop meaningful strategies for protecting coastal areas from the threat of rising sea levels globally, a new study finds, as governmental decision-making often fails to reflect the most current information.