Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today include North Korea announcing that it is planning to fire four ballistic missiles into the waters surrounding Guam; A federal judge allowing an appeal by President Donald Trump’s legal team in a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a Kentucky campaign rally; A white man on death row for the gruesome truck-dragging murder of a black man convincing the Fifth Circuit to let him argue his trial attorneys are to blame for his conviction, and more.
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1.) In National News, North Korea announced Thursday that it is planning to fire four ballistic missiles into the waters surrounding Guam, adding concrete details to its threats against the United States.
2.) Sending a First Amendment question to the Sixth Circuit, a federal judge decided to allow an appeal by President Donald Trump’s legal team in a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a Kentucky campaign rally last year.
3.) For the second time in as many days, President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to chide Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the federal health care law.
Co-host Eric Bolling appears on “The Five” television program, on the Fox News Channel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
4.) A longtime Fox News host sued a reporter for the Huffington Post, claiming a story with 14 unnamed sources that accuses the anchor of sending sexually explicit pictures to co-workers is bunk.
Death-row inmate John William King. (Photo via Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
5.) In Regional News, a white man on death row in Texas for the gruesome truck-dragging murder of a black man convinced the Fifth Circuit to let him argue his trial attorneys are to blame for his conviction.
6.) The ACLU says in a constitutional complaint on behalf of a right-wing provocateur, an abortion provider and an animal rights group that Washington, D.C.’s public transit system illegally rejects ads that “might give offense.”
7.) In Science News, European scientists who tested Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity on the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy suspect, once again, that Einstein was right: that gravity bends space.
8.) In Research News, a new study by the Pew Research Center explores the concept of trust as it relates to our ever-increasing digitally connected world – and finds that our trust in the internet is as varied as the answers found in a Google search.