Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleging Paul Manafort used an encrypted messaging app in order to tamper with a witness; a federal judge ruling President Donald Trump must submit to deposition in the next six months as part of the defamation suit he faces from former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos; the Senate unanimously confirms a Latino judicial nominee to a seat on a federal court in Texas; political strategists, congressional candidates nationwide and President Donald Trump are watching closely Tuesday for signs of the forecast “blue wave” as millions of voters across the West cast their primary ballots; a new study looks at how the subaudible sound pressure levels and shadow flicker of wind farms disturb some people; the European Court of Justice rules that member states where gay marriage is not recognized may not deny residency to spouses of EU citizens, and more.

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National

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

1.) Paul Manafort, the former chairman for President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, used an encrypted messaging app in order to tamper with a witness, Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges in a filing entered Monday night.

In this combination photo, President Donald Trump, left, listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 13, 2017, in Washington, and Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” appears at a news conference in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photos/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, left, and Ringo H.W. Chiu, Files)

2.) President Donald Trump must submit to deposition in the next six months as part of the defamation suit he faces from former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York City on April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

3.) Only a tiny fraction of the files the FBI seized from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s properties last month have been found privileged in a retired federal judge’s initial review on Monday.

Bob Casey Federal Courthouse. (Photo via www.txs.uscourts.gov)

4.) The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed President Donald Trump’s first Latino judicial nominee to a seat on a federal court in Texas.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt mingles in the Rose Garden after a “National Day of Prayer” event at the White House, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

5.) In his first year at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has exhibited an insatiable penchant for secrecy. But a group of environmentalists has called on Pruitt to testify under oath about his record-keeping practices.

Regional

APTOPIX Confederate Statues New Orleans

6.) Updating its 2016 report, the Southern Poverty Law Center charted progress in removing Confederate symbols following the deadly white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, but the hate-group monitor also found hundreds of icons remaining with a brewing backlash.

Isabelle Franz of Brea in Southern California poses with her “I Voted” sticker outside the Brea Community Center. The Golden State is holding its primary election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Nathan Solis/CNS)

7.) Political strategists, congressional candidates nationwide and President Donald Trump are watching closely Tuesday for signs of the forecast “blue wave” as millions of voters across the West cast their primary ballots.

8.) Texas asked the Fifth Circuit on Monday to vacate an injunction that stopped it from cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, citing a sting video it claims shows the health care provider’s handling of aborted fetal tissue is unethical.

Electioneers greet voters outside the Hamilton County Government Center during early voting in Noblesville, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

9.) Arizona voters will no longer have two registration forms — one for federal elections, one for state — after the state settled a lawsuit Monday over a system two nonprofits called a confusing burden on voters.

Science

Cows graze amid wind turbines in Eastern Friesland, Germany.

10.) While wind turbines are a growing source of renewable energy, the audible sounds, subaudible sound pressure levels and shadow flicker they produce disturb some people who leave nearby.

International

In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016., picture Clay Hamilton, left, and Adrian Coman, an American-Romanian gay couple who got married in Belgium and seek legal recognition of their status in Romania hold hands in Bucharest, Romania.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

11.) In a victory for married same-sex couples in Europe, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that member states where gay marriage is not recognized may not deny residency to spouses of EU citizens.

Global citizens movement Avaaz display life-sized Zuckerberg cutouts near the EU Commission to protest against fake Facebook accounts spreading disinformation on the platform, in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

12.) A German education entity that benefited from Facebook’s collection of user data failed to persuade the EU’s top court Tuesday that it had no share in the blame.

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