Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump’s nominee to a seat on a Washington, D.C. federal court withdrawing his name from consideration after a video of him struggling to answer basic legal questions went viral last week; environmental groups claiming the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal rules by scrapping a plan that forces Texas coal-fired power plants to install pollution-control equipment; the European Commission said Monday it has set its sights on the Netherlands’ sweetheart tax deal with one of two operators of home-goods giant IKEA; a new study bolsters what Charles Dickens knew and wrote about in “A Christmas Carol” 174 years ago: People who make more money are more likely to feel good about themselves while people who earn less take greater pleasure in those around them, and more.

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1.) In National news environmental groups claim the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal rules by scrapping a plan that forces Texas coal-fired power plants to install pollution-control equipment, and replacing it with a cap-and-trade program that lets the plants emit more toxins than they did in 2016.

2.) President Donald Trump’s nominee to a seat on a Washington, D.C. federal court has withdrawn his name from consideration after a video of him struggling to answer basic legal questions went viral last week.

Screen capture from Vice News Tonight’s interview with the undocumented Jane Doe at the center of the recent abortion battle with the Trump administration.

3.) A federal judge was critical of the government Monday for standing in the way of immigrant teens getting abortions after having lost a similar case two months ago.

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath throws a pass against the Baltimore Colts during Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., Jan, 12, 1969. (Associated Press)

4.) The Third Circuit revived claims Friday that Super Bowl ticket hoarding by the NFL caused fans to pay inflated prices on the secondary market.

A man in Juggalo face paint kneels next to a small child.

5.) The Sixth Circuit rejected a challenge Monday by the Insane Clown Posse over the FBI’s designation of its Juggalo fan base as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang.”

Gene Lockhart and Reginald Owen in Warner Brothers’ 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol” via Wikipedia.
6.) From the world of Science comes a new study bolsters what Charles Dickens knew and wrote about in “A Christmas Carol” 174 years ago: People who make more money are more likely to feel good about themselves while people who earn less take greater pleasure in those around them.
7.) In Regional newsthe potential development of a road and the issuing of hunting permits in western Alaskan caribou country sparked heated discussion at the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group annual meeting held in Anchorage.
The first IKEA store, in Älmhult in Sweden, not far from where the founder was born. In June 2016, it became the IKEA Museum.

8.) In International news, in its years-long crackdown of EU states giving out sweetheart tax deals to multinational corporations, the European Commission said Monday it has set its sights on the Netherlands’ deal with one of two operators of home-goods giant IKEA.

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