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Top CNS stories for today including Senate Democrats grilling several of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Wednesday, calling into question everything from one candidate’s views on corporal punishment to another’s taste for office decor that evokes the confederacy; the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking a federal judge to dismiss claims from three Texas churches that FEMA’s disaster aid policies unconstitutionally discriminate against religious organizations; conservationists filing a federal complaint to vacate the registrations of neonicotinoid pesticides to prevent the extinction of 26 endangered species, and more.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) In National news  Senate Democrats grilled several of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Wednesday, calling into question everything from one candidate’s views on corporal punishment to another’s taste for office decor that evokes the confederacy.

Guns on display at a gun store in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

2.) Challenging a gun charge to which he nevertheless pleaded guilty, a man who calls himself a “constitutional bounty hunter” curried favor with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

3.) The nature of modern house parties dminated lively Supreme Court oral arguments on Wednesday as the justices considered whether police officers had probable cause to make trespassing arrests.

4.) A federal judge on Wednesday accepted President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and dismissed the criminal contempt action against him.

5.) A judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the FBI used an unconstitutional subpoena to spy on anonymous supporters of jailed journalist Barrett Brown.

Lakewood Church, a non-denominational charismatic Christian megachurch located in Houston, Texas.
6.) In Regional news the Federal Emergency Management Agency asked a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss claims from three Texas churches that FEMA’s disaster aid policies unconstitutionally discriminate against religious organizations.
In his lawsuit against retired tennis star James Blake, officer James Frascatore with the New York City Police Department included a image of how the New York Post reported on his disciplinary proceedings.

7.) Retired tennis pro James Blake faces a federal complaint Wednesday from the New York City police officer who tackled him outside a hotel two years ago, believing he fit the description of credit card fraudster.

8.) In Environmental news conservationists brought a federal complaint Tuesday to vacate the registrations of neonicotinoid pesticides to prevent the extinction of 26 endangered species — from woodpeckers and bumblebees to frogs and dragonflies.

 

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