Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving four of President Donald Trump’s nominees to seats on federal courts, setting up votes before the full Senate; the San Diego City Council seeking solutions to a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 16 people and infected more than 400; lawmakers on Capitol Hill being told that nearly a year after Americans first became aware of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, they remain woefully unaware of the scope, nature and power of Russian disinformation, and more.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Associated Press)

1.) In National news the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved four of President Donald Trump’s nominees to seats on federal courts, setting up votes before the full Senate.

2.) While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday called for a change to a Senate tradition that allows senators to block federal judges nominated in their home state, it remains unclear whether the old process will actually disappear.

Students and supporters gather at the Skagit County Courthouse to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald via AP)

3.) President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed a claim from congressional Democratic leaders that he agreed to a deal to protect people who were brought to the United States as children and remain in the country illegally.

An Uber driverless car waits in traffic during a test drive in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

4.)  The Federal Circuit ruled that Uber will face trial over accusations it stole rival Waymo’s driverless-car trade secrets – and must hand over highly sought evidence in the case.

5.) In Regional news the San Diego City Council is seeking solutions to a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 16 people and infected more than 400, and is exacerbated the city’s growing population of homeless people, which increases during the winter.

The entrance to California Community Colleges headquarters in Sacramento.

6.) Seeking new recruitment tools to stem declining enrollment, California lawmakers approved a measure to give full-time students a tuition-free year of community college.

7.) New Mexico’s Chief Public Defender has filed a class action against the judges of Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, which covers Albuquerque, for failing to release felony detainees who wait more than 10 days before being seen by a judge.

8.) In International news an expert told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday that nearly a year after Americans first became aware of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, they remain woefully unaware of the scope, nature and power of Russian disinformation.

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