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Top CNS stories for today including the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state has met its obligation to adequately fund public schools, but will retain jurisdiction over the 9-year-old case to ensure state lawmakers carry out scheduled funding in the future; Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders will face off on the second night of the Democratic presidential debates later this month; President Donald Trump said he would keep White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on his staff after a federal watchdog agency recommended she be fired for politicizing her office, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including tensions between the U.S. and Iran ratcheted up again when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tehran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz; An FBI agent confronted jurors with over a dozen images of child pornography said to have been created by NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere; Twenty candidates have qualified for the first round of Democratic presidential primary debates later this month, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for not complying with subpoenas related to the census citizenship question; The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled to reinstate most of the GOP-controlled Legislature’s lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general; Italian biologists, laboratory workers and government officials under investigation for failing to stop the early spread of an incurable and catastrophic plant infection from Central America that is killing tens of thousands of olive trees in southern Italy will not face criminal charges, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told his Democratic colleagues that a wall will not stop the surge of Central American asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, but a bill forcing them to apply for asylum in their home countries might; Four former EPA administrators testified before Congress that they are fearful for the public health as the Trump administration deregulates longstanding environmental policies and pares back the agency’s research on climate change; Nearly 250 survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London brought a lawsuit blaming faulty building materials made by U.S. companies for the blaze, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Justice Stephen Breyer said it will soon be time to for the Supreme Court to resolve the continued use of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for a conflict that has no end in sight; Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean testified that President Donald Trump’s possible obstruction efforts outlined by special counsel Robert Mueller echo what he once saw in another White House ensnared in turmoil; Virginia’s primary voters have plenty to consider when they pick candidates to run for the 140 open state House and Senate seats, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including American employers added just 75,000 jobs last month as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%; NASA announced it will open the International Space Station up to private astronauts as soon as 2020; The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape near her home was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Federal Communications Commission paved the way for phone companies to block robocalls without first getting permission from their customers; President Donald Trump signed a long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster-relief bill that provides money to areas recovering from recent floods, hurricanes and wildfires; The U.S. trade gap with all countries dropped 2.1% in April but overall exports fell and the deficit with China widened, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the intelligence community told Congress that the world will face many ethical climate quandaries in coming years; Government scientists will no longer conduct medical research using human fetal tissue under a policy shift announced by the Trump administration; An updated set of European Union rules encourage the burning of wood in power plants and claim it’s “carbon neutral” under the assumption that trees grow back, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including thousands of people crowded into central London to express their dislike of President Donald Trump; Planned Parenthood won the first round in a legal battle to keep Missouri’s only abortion clinic open; Russia and Ukraine returned to the International Court of Justice for Kiev to argue that the United Nations’ highest court has jurisdiction to hear its claims that Moscow illegally funded rebels in eastern Ukraine, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump arrived in London for a three-day state visit amid protests, pageantry and political spats; The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether North Carolina can be sued for using copyrighted images of Blackbeard’s pirate ship being salvaged off the state coast; Officials from 11 European countries met in Sweden to discuss creating a tribunal to prosecute Islamic State fighters, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Food and Drug Administration met with experts to determine whether CBD products should face tighter regulation; Missouri’s lone abortion clinic will stay open for now after a St. Louis judge issued a restraining order requiring the state to renew its license; The Illinois Legislature approved a measure that will legalize recreational use of marijuana, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including new evidence emerged suggesting the controversial citizenship question on the upcoming census was explicitly designed to benefit white Republicans; Four black voters claim Mississippi’s system for electing statewide officials is intentionally racist and designed to disenfranchise the African-American population; New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including special counsel Robert Mueller spoke publicly for the first time about his report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and emphasized that Justice Department policy barred his office from charging the president with a crime; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not obstruct any candidate for the Supreme Court in 2020; Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed that his presidential campaign platform will include federal support for low-income schools and higher salaries for public educators, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court agreed to consider for the second time a case where a federal agent fired his gun across the border into Mexico and killed an unarmed teenager; Oklahoma’s bellwether trial over the opioid crisis began with officials accusing pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson of acting as a “drug kingpin” that killed thousands and created a public nuisance; The next European Parliament will be ruled by centrist pro-European Union political parties, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including Civil rights groups responded with outrage after the Trump administration announced it would rescind policies barring discrimination against transgender people seeking medical care; British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation after failing to deliver Brexit; President Donald Trump said the United States will send roughly 1,500 troops to the Middle East amid growing tensions with Iran, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a federal grand jury returned 17 additional charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his alleged complicity in former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s leak of classified U.S. military documents; A lawyer for the House of Representatives argued before a federal judge that President Donald Trump’s reallocation of money in the defense budget for a wall at the Southern border violated congressional authority; Voting began in elections that will determine the makeup of the European Parliament, and more.

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