Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Justice Neil Gorsuch using a challenge to federal whistleblower protections before the Supreme Court on Tuesday to take aim at a core legal tenant of which he has long been critical; Jerome Powell, President Donald Trump’s pick for Federal Reserve chairman, strongly suggested to lawmakers on Capitol Hill that an interest rate hike is coming in December; the California Supreme Court handed a victory to the nation’s most recognizable agricultural labor unions, unanimously overturning an appellate ruling that state-mandated contract mediation with farmers was unconstitutional; a new study finds that despite major disturbances to corals in recent years, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef capable of stimulating regional recovery of the ecosystem as it battles predators and the effects of climate change, and more.

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Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after President Donald Trump announced Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1.) In National news Justice Neil Gorsuch used a challenge to federal whistleblower protections before the Supreme Court on Tuesday to take aim at a core legal tenant of which he has long been critical.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a church revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

2.) Embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore insisted Monday he has run a clean campaign, the same day The Washington Post reported that a conservative group tried to push a false story to discredit the paper’s work on sexual-misconduct allegations against Moore.

Jerome Powell, President Donald Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Reserve, testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3.) Jerome Powell, President Donald Trump’s pick for Federal Reserve chairman, said Tuesday he believes the central bank “can push harder on employment” by allowing the jobless rate to fall below 4 percent, and predicted the economy will grow by about 2.5 percent next year before slowing due to a lag in productivity.

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4.) In Regional news visible signs of progress on California’s mammoth, $68 billion high-speed rail project line the freeway between Fresno and Madera in the state’s Central Valley. But nearly 10 years after voters approved the project, opposition – and questions about its viability – remain.
Dan Gerawan, owner of Gerawan Farming, Inc., left, talks with crew boss Jose Cabello in a nectarine orchard near Sanger, Calif. In a unanimous ruling Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, the high court in California upheld a law that aims to get labor contracts for farmworkers whose unions and employers do not agree on wages and other working conditions. (AP Photo/Scott Smith, File)

5.) The California Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to the nation’s most recognizable agricultural labor unions, unanimously overturning an appellate ruling that state-mandated contract mediation with farmers was unconstitutional.

Diversity of coral forms shows rich underwater life found on healthy coral reefs. (Peter J. Mumby)

6.) In Environmental news, a new study finds that despite major disturbances to corals in recent years, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef capable of stimulating regional recovery of the ecosystem as it battles predators and the effects of climate change.

Reza Zarrab, a 34-year-old gold trader who was charged in the U.S. for evading sanctions on Iran, is pictured in this Dec. 17, 2013, photo surrounded by the media at a courthouse in Istanbul. (Depo Photos via AP)

7.) In International news, a Turkish gold trader whose testimony for the U.S. government could embarrass officials here and abroad offered to wage “economic jihad” for Iran, prosecutors revealed Tuesday.

Cheikh Tidiane Gadio is pictured here standing before the United Nations General Assembly for a high-level 2006 meeting on a program for least-developed countries. (Photo courtesy of United Nations)

8.) U.S. prosecutors lobbied unsuccessfully Monday to ensure the pretrial detention of former Senegalese diplomat awaiting a New York corruption trial.

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