Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the en banc D.C. Circuit rejecting claims from Florida voters who wanted to forgo campaign donations in the primary season to double up in the general election; coal miners and other industry supporters face off against environmentalists at a public hearing on the Trump administration’s plan repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan; a hotly anticipated cellphone-data battle that went before the Supreme Court has experts predicting an endorsement this term of digital-privacy rights; a new study finds sea-level rise could threaten more than 13,000 archaeological sites, buildings, cultural landscapes and cemeteries along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts; the European Court of Justice rules an internet service can’t record TV broadcasts and store them on its cloud for subscribers to view without the permission of rights owners, and more.

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1.) In National news the en banc D.C. Circuit rejected claims Tuesday from Florida voters who wanted to forgo campaign donations in the primary season to double up in the general election. The ruling upheld contribution ceilings in federal election law.

Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Al Franken, with fellow Minnesotan Sen. Amy Klobuchar next to him. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2.) Senators sparred over the judicial nomination process during a hearing considering two circuit court judges on Wednesday, with Democrats objecting to the end of a century-old tradition that allows for input from home-state senators.

A group of coal miners listens to speakers at a pro-coal rally, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The rally came during a break in a public hearing on the Trump administration’s planned repeal of an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. (AP Photo/John Raby)

3.) Coal miners and other industry supporters faced off against environmentalists Tuesday at a public hearing on the Trump administration’s plan repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

4.) A hotly anticipated cellphone-data battle that went before the Supreme Court on Wednesday has experts predicting an endorsement this term of digital-privacy rights.

5.) The U.S. government lost its bid, at least temporarily, to abruptly eject several dozen Indonesian Christians who have been living in New Hampshire for years as part of a deportation-deferment program.

Joe Holcombe, who lost eight members of his family in a shooting that killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church including his son Bryan, filed a claim on Tuesday against the U.S. Air Force, alleging the agency’s failure to report the criminal history of the gunman to an FBI database used to check the backgrounds of gun buyers helped cause his loved one’s death. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

6.) In Regional news a family that lost nine members in the Texas church massacre has filed a claim against the United States, saying the Air Force could have prevented the shooter from buying the guns he used to kill 26 people and wound 20 more by entering him into an FBI database.

The Virginia State Board of Elections certifies the results in the contested 28th and 88th House of Delegates Districts elections, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Richmond, Va. ( Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

7.) Over three weeks after Virginians went to the polls, Democrats are challenging the results in two districts where the vote margin was 106 votes or less.

8.) In Environmental news, a new study finds sea-level rise could threaten more than 13,000 archaeological sites, buildings, cultural landscapes and cemeteries along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States.

The chambers of the European Court of Justice.

9.) In International news, an internet service can’t record TV broadcasts and store them on its cloud for subscribers to view without the permission of all who have an interest in the rights to the programs, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday.

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