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Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will recommend not eliminating any of the 27 monuments he’s reviewed, adding that a “handful” of monuments may be subject to alterations; a divided California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a voter-passed initiative to speed up executions on death row, but ruled a five-year time limit to decide death penalty appeals isn’t mandatory; a new analysis of company communications shows fossil-fuel giant Exxon Mobil has knowingly misled the public for nearly 40 years about the dangers of climate change, and more.

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1.) In National news Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will recommend not eliminating any of the 27 monuments he’s reviewed, adding that a “handful” of monuments may be subject to alterations.

2.) President Donald Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for creating, what he described as a debt ceiling “mess” by refusing his advice.

3.) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said Democrats will push to end the Election Integrity Commission in a must-pass spending bill in September if President Donald Trump does not disband the commission first.

4.) In Regional news Coastal areas in Texas began evacuating Thursday ahead of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall Friday night or early Saturday and could bring winds as strong as 125 mph.

5.) A divided California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a voter-passed initiative to speed up executions on death row, but ruled a five-year time limit to decide death penalty appeals isn’t mandatory.

6.) Texas’ new voter ID law was struck down by a federal judge who said it perpetuated voting rules designed to disenfranchise minorities.

7.) In Environmental news a new analysis of company communications shows fossil-fuel giant Exxon Mobil has knowingly misled the public for nearly 40 years about the dangers of climate change.

Pacific walrus. (Courthouse News Service via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

8.) As sea ice melts at an alarming rate, 21 environmental groups urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete the endangered species listing for the Pacific walrus. However, listing the walrus under the Endangered Species Act could endanger the current administration’s plans for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

 

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