Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including poll results showing Democrats turned out big across the East Coast on Tuesday for the general election, displacing Republican candidates in several local and state offices; the federal  judge overseeing the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates issued a gag order; the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the prosecution of an animal-rights activist who freed 2,000 minks and foxes from a fur factory as a terrorist; a new study finds that when it comes to restoring tropical forests across the world, Mother Nature’s process trumps human intervention, and more.

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Danica Roem, center, a Democrat who ran for Virginia’s House of Delegates against GOP incumbent Robert Marshall, is greeted by supporters as she prepares to give her victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Manassas, Va. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via AP)

1.) In National news poll results show Democrats turned out big across the East Coast on Tuesday for the general election, displacing Republican candidates in several local and state offices.

Paul Manafort accompanied by his lawyer Kevin Downing, right, arrives at U.S. Federal Court, in Washington, on Nov. 2, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

2.) The federal  judge overseeing the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates issued a gag order Wednesday, saying remarks made outside the courthouse “pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

3.) Just a month after hearing oral arguments, the Supreme Court voted unanimously Wednesday to revive a fired worker’s age-discrimination claims.

Lydia Balderas, left, and Merced Leyua, right, join others as they protest against a sanctuary cities bill outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

4.) Texas lawyers sparred for a second time Tuesday with opponents of an anti-“sanctuary city” bill before an appeals panel as three federal judges tried to grasp what all the measure entails.

5.) In Regional news, with the Trump administration eyes re-opening areas near the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining claims, a little over 50 miles away the Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night opposing uranium transport through its city.

6.) The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the prosecution of an animal-rights activist who freed 2,000 minks and foxes from a fur factory as a terrorist.

7.) A federal judge denied the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s request to stay a lawsuit brought by three hurricane-damaged Texas churches who are challenging the agency’s policy of denying disaster relief to houses of worship.

8.) In Research news, a new study finds that when it comes to restoring tropical forests across the world, Mother Nature’s process trumps human intervention.

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