Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell releasing the latest GOP health care bill Thursday, making a bid for conservative support while also trying to appease moderates; in an ongoing legal war over access to California court records, the nation’s top newspapers have closed ranks with Courthouse News in fighting for traditional and timely review of new complaints under the First Amendment; Our columnist William Dotinga writes “We were about midway through a horseback riding-wine tasting tour through the hills of Tuscany when I decided it was as good a time as any to address the elephant in the 9-person Mercedes van: What do people outside the United States think of our new president?”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 13, 2017, where he presented the GOP’s revised health care bill and push toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

1.) In National news Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the latest GOP health care bill Thursday, making a bid for conservative support by letting insurers sell low-cost, skimpy policies to consumers while seeking to appease moderates with billions added to combat opioid abuse.

2.) In an ongoing legal war over access to California court records, the nation’s top newspapers have closed ranks with Courthouse News in fighting for traditional and timely review of new complaints under the First Amendment.

3.) The Trump administration is one step closer to building a security wall along the U.S.-Mexico border after the House Appropriations Committee released a bill allocating $1.6 billion for its construction.

4.) A federal judge on Wednesday refused to lift an injunction blocking part of President Donald Trump’s executive order authorizing the withholding of federal funds from cities that refuse to help enforce immigration laws.

5.) In Regional news grass fires blazed, cows bathed in cool, scarce pools, and corn farmers worried about fall yields in South Dakota this week, where temperatures soared over 100 degrees – compounding a drought that’s covered most of the state for over a month.

6.) Ending efforts by Chicago Tribune to acquire its cross-town rival, the struggling Chicago Sun-Times was sold Wednesday to an investment group led by a former city alderman and a coalition of unions.

7.) As unions struggle to bolster memberships in the face of states’ passage of right-to-work laws, the Seventh Circuit has ruled Wisconsin’s law – identical to Indiana’s – is constitutional.

8.) In International news our editor and columnist William Dotinga writes “We were about midway through a horseback riding-wine tasting tour through the hills of Tuscany when I decided it was as good a time as any to address the elephant in the 9-person Mercedes van: What do people outside the United States think of our new president?”

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