Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including Andrew Puzder withdrawing his name from consideration to serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor; Boeing workers in South Carolina cast votes on whether to unionize with their decision seen as a bellwether of union shift; the Ninth Circuit is urged to protect desert eagles; a libel suit stemming from reporting on the Deepwater Horizon disaster is thrown out, and more.

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1.) Puzder Withdraws as Trump’s Labor Nominee

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, following disclosures that he’d hired an undocumented worker as a housekeeper and had once been accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife.

2.) Boeing Vote Seen as Bellwether of Union Shift

Boeing workers in South Carolina began casting ballots Wednesday morning on whether to unionize. With the Palmetto state home to the lowest union membership in the nation, labor exports say a “yes” vote could lead to a wave of unionization across the South.

3.) Libel Suit Over Deepwater Horizon Reporting Tossed

Two bloggers received a judicial valentine Tuesday as the highest court in Massachusetts blocked defamation claims related to their reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

4.) Congressmen Rally Behind Juvenile-Justice Reform

In something of a departure for Capitol Hill these days, advocates of juvenile-justice reform faced little opposition Wednesday in pushing members of a House subcommittee to revive a bill that never made it out of the Senate last year.

5.) Ninth Circuit Urged to Protect Desert Eagles

Attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to order the Fish and Wildlife Service to reexamine whether desert eagles are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act after the agency twice refused to extend it to them.

6.) Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Will Go to Trial

A Minnesota judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that the police officer charged in last summer’s fatal shooting of Philando Castile will face trial on a manslaughter charge.

7.)  Judge Upholds Opt-Out of Funding Union’s Politics

California’s largest public employees union will continue collecting annual fees from nonmembers who disagree with the union’s political leanings, after a federal judge upheld its longstanding “opt-out” clause.

8.) Chicagoans Lose Court Bid for Elected School Board

Though a state court complaint is still pending, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other Chicago residents demanding an elected school board, finding no evidence of racially motivated discrimination in the way members are chosen.

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