Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including prominent voices weighing in as the nation waits to see how Alabamians cast their votes Tuesday in a special election; a federal judge warned Paul Manafort, the president’s indicted former campaign manager, to stop communicating with the media; a federal judge rejected the Archdiocese of Washington’s request that she force the DC regional transit authority to post its Christmas advertisements on its buses; a new study finds the thinning of even small portions of floating ice along Antarctica’s coast can accelerate the loss of ice grounded on rocks hundreds of miles away, and more.
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1.) In National news prominent voices are weighing in as the nation waits to see how Alabamians cast their votes Tuesday in a special election for a vacant U.S. Senate seat, including the state’s senior senator, who said he cannot support fellow Republican Roy Moore in light of sexual-misconduct claims involving teenagers.
2.) Fighting to terminate a program that takes deportation off the table for qualifying young immigrants, the Trump administration won a Supreme Court stay Friday of a California challenge.
3.) Pointing to an editorial that ran last week in a Ukrainian newspaper, a federal judge warned Paul Manafort, the president’s indicted former campaign manager, on Monday to stop communicating with the media.
4.) A federal judge on Monday denied a Trump administration request to delay an order requiring the military to begin transgender recruits starting Jan. 1.
7.) Fishing nets are just one of many problems the humpback whale population faces along the Pacific Coast, and a conservation group says the Trump administration is not doing enough to protect the whale’s habitat.
8.) In International news, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been known to Istanbul police as “No. 1” in a 2013 corruption investigation, a witness testified Monday in New York.