Nightly Brief

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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Steve Bannon, left, introduces U.S. senatorial candidate Roy Moore, right, during a campaign rally, in Fairhope, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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.

Green moss and icebergs in Antarctica. (Photo: Matt Amesbury)
5.) In Research news, 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.
6.) In Regional news, 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.
Humpback Whales spend the winter months off of the Mexican Coast and then migrate to the central California coast for the feeding season.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowd in the northeastern Greek town of Komotini, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

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.

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