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Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including House Republicans getting caught up short Tuesday afternoon when they learned the chamber will have to vote again on the $1.5 trillion tax code rewrite it had just passed because the measure as written would violate Senate rules; a Russian cybersecurity firm banned by the U.S. government over its alleged ties to the Kremlin claims in a federal complaint that the move lacked due process; a report released Tuesday says California’s Judicial Council risks overspending on multiple contracts and paying more than necessary for services; press agencies across the European Union called on lawmakers to pass legislation that would force internet giants to pay for profiting off of copyrighted news content, and more.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) In National news House Republicans were caught up short Tuesday afternoon when they learned the chamber will have to vote again on the $1.5 trillion tax code rewrite it had just passed because the measure as written would violate Senate rules.

White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert speaks during a briefing blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service, at the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

2.) One day after publicly blaming North Korea for a May 2017 ransomware attack, the Trump administration called on companies and other countries Tuesday to work together to fight cyber threats.

The headquarters of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

3.) A Russian cybersecurity firm banned by the U.S. government over its alleged ties to the Kremlin claims in a federal complaint that the move lacked due process.

Minnesota State Sen. Karin Housley on Tuesday became the first Republican to enter the race to replace Democratic Sen. Al Franken. Photo via Twitter.

4.) A Republican in the Minnesota Legislature announced Tuesday that she will run in the 2018 special election to replace resigning Democratic Sen. Al Franken in Congress.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

5.) House Republicans will attempt to reauthorize a controversial surveillance program that allows the government to collect foreign intelligence on U.S. soil without attaching it to any spending bills or other must-pass legislation.

The seal of the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the California courts. (Photo the Judicial Council of California via YouTube)

6.) In Regional news California’s Judicial Council risks overspending on multiple contracts and paying more than necessary for services, the state auditor says in a report released Tuesday.

The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus Ohio. (Photo via Wikipedia.)

7.) Forty patients sued a spinal surgeon, his insurer and his attorneys, claiming they encouraged the doctor to flee the country to duck hundreds of charges in what some have called one of the largest medical-malpractice cases in Ohio’s history. Hundreds of other plaintiffs meanwhile have pushed for the recusal of two judges overseeing the cases.

Building of the European Parliament in Brussels, via Wikipedia Commons.

8.) In International news, press agencies across the European Union called on lawmakers to pass legislation that would force internet giants to pay for profiting off of copyrighted news content.

 

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