Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Democratic Senators assailing U.S.  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming his past position on net neutrality – that it unconstitutionally infringes on the First Amendment rights of internet service providers – is but another reason why his nomination should be refuse; President Donald Trump accuses Google, without evidence, of rigging search results about him so that “almost all” of the stories about him at the top of the page are bad; a federal judge delays the start of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s next trial by a week; a three-judge panel holds that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts be crafted before the November elections; a new Emerson College poll found Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz now holds just a single-point lead over Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke in a Senate race considered to be one of the hottest midterm contests in the nation; Courthouse News finds the traumas of war haunt Balkans long after the shooting stopped, and more.

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National

Sammi LeMaster helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads “Net Neutrality Wake Up Call” from the stage after a protest at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) Democratic Senators assailed U.S.  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, claiming his past position on net neutrality – that it unconstitutionally infringes on the First Amendment rights of internet service providers – is but another reason why his nomination should be refused.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

2.) President Donald Trump on Monday announced the nominations of six more judicial nominees, including one to the Fourth Circuit and one to the Ninth Circuit.

Paul Manafort. (Associated Press)

3.) Decades before Paul Manafort’s lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party led to a U.S. criminal conviction, his lobbying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government sparked an investigation as well. On Tuesday prosecutors working under Special Counsel Robert Mueller persuaded a federal judge to let them introduce some details about this 1980s investigation next month at Manafort’s next trial.

FILE – This Wednesday, April 26, 2017 file photo shows a Google icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

4.) President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google and other tech companies, without evidence, of rigging search results about him so that “almost all” of the stories about him at the top of the page are bad.

[photo credit: Angela George]
5.) A Los Angeles judge handed actor Johnny Depp an important victory – and sent ripples through the entertainment industry – Tuesday, finding an agreement between the actor and his ex-attorney may be voided due to a lack of a written contract.

Regional

In this Feb. 16, 2016, photo, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. (Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer via AP, File)

6.) In a ruling with stark implications for the upcoming midterm elections, a three-judge panel on Monday held that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts be crafted before the November elections.

A view of South Portland, Maine, marina. (Peter Dutton via Wikipedia)

7.) A federal judge upheld a Maine city’s ban on the bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers in its harbor Friday, derailing a pipeline operator’s plan to reverse the flow of oil along its conduit.

Barrett Brown.

8.) Offering a fully encrypted ecosystem to activists or journalists whose efforts might vex more powerful entities, celebrated anarchist Barrett Brown this summer rolled out an internet platform called the Pursuance Project nearly 10 years in the making.

Research & Polls

In this Aug. 10, 2018 photo, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, poses with Gary Malcik following a campaign stop in Temple, Texas. (AP Photo/Will Weissert)

9.) A new Emerson College poll found Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz now holds just a single-point lead over Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke in a Senate race considered to be one of the hottest midterm contests in the nation.

International

Ivo Riter stands in a Sarajevo building where he lives with his wife, that has not been restored since being demolished in the Bosnian war. (CAIN BURDEAU, Courthouse News Service)

10.) Mass graves from the Bosnian war are still being found – two last year. Alleged war criminals remain free. In one city, a monument to children killed in the war hasn’t been built because it would honor both Muslims and Christians.

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