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Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump traveling to Missouri to try to drum up support for tax reform, calling it a once-in-a-generation opportunity; the city of Philadelphia sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump administration’s proposal to add new restrictions to grants for local governments in order to block sanctuary city policies; the Pew Research Center reports that most Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump has conducted himself as president and believe he is prejudiced and selfish, and more.

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1.) In National news Tropical Storm Harvey is flooding southern Louisiana after dumping a record-breaking 51 inches of rain on Houston, leaving more than 20 people dead and hundreds of thousands of evacuees wondering what has become of their homes.

2.) President Donald Trump came to Missouri on Wednesday to try to drum up support for tax reform, calling it a once-in-a-generation opportunity and saying change was needed to “bring back Main Street.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

3.) A federal judge ordered the Trump administration Wednesday to show more evidence that its new commission tasked with investigating election fraud complies with public-disclosure laws.

People walk by a TV news program reporting North Korea’s missile launch, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

4.) President Donald Trump lashed out at North Korea on Twitter Wednesday, seemingly backing away from a diplomatic solution to the country’s recent provocations by saying “talking is not the answer.”

This undated file photo shows American author John Steinbeck, winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Grapes of Wrath.” (AP Photo, File)

5.) The latest round in a bitterly fought dispute over John Steinbeck’s estate began Tuesday as the author’s step-daughter told a trial court that Steinbeck’s late son and his widow tried to scare studios away from movie adaptations of “Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden.”

6.) In Regional news the city of Philadelphia sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday over the Trump administration’s proposal to add new restrictions to grants for local governments in order to block sanctuary city policies.

7.) The Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that Illinois may prohibit Bible colleges from granting “degrees” if the schools refuse to comply with the state’s accreditation process.

8.) The city of Austin claims in court that a Texas law unlawfully overrides its authority to enforce source-of-income protections barring discrimination against recipients of federal housing assistance.

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington on Aug. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

9.) In Research news the Pew Research Center reports that most Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump has conducted himself as president and believe he is prejudiced and selfish.

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