Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate narrowly voting to begin debate on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote; undeterred by President Donald Trump’s rush to roll back federal environmental law, California on Tuesday extended its lucrative business tax on greenhouse gas emissions and renewed its commitment to fighting climate change; a study of satellite data published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests the moon may hold much more water than previously thought, and more.

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In this image from video provided by C-SPAN2, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. is embraced by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. as he arrives of the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (C-SPAN2 via AP)

1.) In National news the Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to begin debate on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.

2.) The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday shot down Washington’s requirement that citizens have a “good reason” to fear that their lives are in danger to carry a concealed firearm in the capital city.

3.) With much of the attention of Capitol Hill focused elsewhere Tuesday, a House committee was told the federal renewable fuel standard was short-sighted and more can be achieved by promoting innovative approaches to carbon capture and other technologies.
In this June 9, 2017 file photo, a packed hearing room during a Massachusetts Legislature hearing on a bill that called for sharp limits on cooperation between federal immigration officials and state and local law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

4.) In Regional news in a major ruling against President Trump’s immigration policies, Massachusetts’ highest court found it illegal for the state’s law enforcement agencies to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without criminal charges “solely on the basis of a federal immigration detainer.”

In this July 13, 2017 photo California Gov. Jerry Brown listens as members of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee discuss a pair of climate change bills he supports, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

5.) Undeterred by President Donald Trump’s rush to roll back federal environmental law, California on Tuesday extended its lucrative business tax on greenhouse gas emissions and renewed its commitment to fighting climate change.

Leo Friedlander’s relief sculpture Covered Wagon outside the main entrance of the Oregon state capitol.

6.) Ideas to address an estimated $5 billion shortfall in funding for the retirement plans promised to Oregon public employees focused heavily on privatizing public assets at a task force meeting, including privatizing state universities and liquor sales and selling off public water rights.

7.) In International news Google claims in a lawsuit that a Canadian Supreme Court ruling that ordered it to lock websites from its global search index violates the First Amendment.

8.) In Science news a study of satellite data published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests the moon may hold much more water than previously thought.
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