Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump’s embattled chief strategist Steve Bannon being forced out at the White House at the end of another bad week for the president; Susan Bro, the mother of the woman killed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia said she would not speak to Trump after hearing him blame “both sides” for the bloodshed; an attorney for the California State Auditor told a judge Thursday that the California Commission on Judicial Performance is trying to evade an audit of its operations out of fear, and more.

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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

1.) In National news President Donald Trump’s embattled chief strategist Steve Bannon is out at the White House at end of another bad week for the president.

Downtown Phoenix skyline looking northeast toward Camelback Mountain.

2.) The mayor of Phoenix asked President Donald Trump not to come to his city as planned next Tuesday for a political rally, saying it’s not the time for it while the “nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”

Susan Bro, the mother of the woman killed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week, at the memorial for her daughter.

3.) Susan Bro, the mother of the woman killed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week, said Friday that she would not speak to President Donald Trump after hearing him blame “both sides” for the bloodshed.

Christopher Cantwell, a prominent white supremacist, in the Vice report “Charlottesville: Race and Terror.” (Credit: Youtube/Vice)

4.) After drawing heavy criticism for defending the right of white supremacists to hold their rally in Charlottesville, Va. last Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday it will no longer represent hate groups that demonstrate with loaded firearms.

A farmer mows a grassy ditch outside Aurora, South Dakota, after the state’s governor opened roadsides up for farmers’ use in a drought declaration last month. (Christopher Vondracek/CNS)

5.) In Regional news if attendance at a drought panel discussion at Dakotafest in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Thursday is any indication, the worst of the drought gripping the state is over.

One of many bridges linking the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the outside world. (Nick Cahill/CNS)

6.) Seeking to freeze a contentious $16 billion waterworks plan supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento County sued the California Department of Water Resources on Thursday over its certification of the project’s “dizzying” and “shifting” environmental review.

California State Auditor Elaine Howle (AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERG).

7.) An attorney for the California State Auditor told a judge Thursday that the California Commission on Judicial Performance is trying to evade an audit of its operations out of fear.

DNA replication. Red and green: replication regions. (Jordi Bernués, IRB Barcelona)

8.) In Science news, researchers have finally determined why histone 1 – a protein in cell nuclei – is a major form of protection against genomic instability and vital for organisms in general.

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