Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Texas lawmakers illegally gerrymandered one district by race when they drew up federal and state legislative districts in 2011 and later amended them in 2013, limiting the rights and power of black and Hispanic voters; the Supreme Court also finds American Express did not violate antitrust laws by banning merchants from asking consumers to use lower-fee cards; President Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort appeals his detention order and to the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller; voters in New York’s 27 congressional districts prepare to cast primary ballots Tuesday; California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom grabs a bite to eat and the endorsement of a former Democratic opponent in downtown Los Angeles; researchers reveal much more work is needed to remove residual carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to truly reach United Nations climate change goals; a new study finds organisms on Earth about 600 million years ago did not suddenly grow large because they were fighting for more food, but because they were trying to propel their offspring farther into the world, and more.

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National

1.) The Supreme Court found Monday that American Express did not violate antitrust laws by banning merchants from asking consumers to use lower-fee cards, in a decision that could weaken future enforcement efforts against other companies.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo, campaign T-shirts are stacked on a table at a Republican congressional candidate forum, in New Braunfels, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

2.) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Texas lawmakers illegally gerrymandered one district by race when they drew up federal and state legislative districts in 2011 and later amended them in 2013, limiting the rights and power of black and Hispanic voters there but not in 3 other challenged districts.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

3.) President Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort filed appeals Monday to his detention order and to the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to charge him with crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

4.) The Trump Organization drew federal fire Monday for its request to spend two weeks reviewing material seized by the FBI from Michael Cohen, the president’s embattled attorney.

FILE – In this March 3, 2006, file photo, Brendan Dassey, is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc, Wis. Lawyers for Dassey are hoping the Supreme Court will agree to take his case. AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

5.) Ending “Making a Murderer” subject Brendan Dassey’s hope for freedom, the Supreme Court said Monday it will not decide whether his controversial murder confession as a teenager was voluntary.

Regional

6.) A New York appeals court rejected pro golfer Vijay Singh’s request for summary judgment on his challenge to suspension from the PGA Tour — later rescinded —for using deer antler spray with a banned hormone.

The Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Manhattan, New York City. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

7.) Voters in New York’s 27 congressional districts will cast primary ballots Tuesday in this year’s closely watched midterm elections. The Empire State is the only one in the country with separate federal and state primaries, the latter of which will be held in September.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

8.) Surrounded by French dip sandwiches and iced teas, gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Los Angeles on Friday and secured the endorsement from a former Democratic opponent amid the afternoon lunch rush.

9.) Thoroughbred horse racing will return to Virginia after a 4-year absence, with the legalization of “historical horse racing machines,” a form of digital gambling that in which bettors wager on old races.

Science

Smog in New York City as viewed from the World Trade Center in 1988. (Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

10.) Much more work is needed to remove residual carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to truly reach United Nations climate change goals, researchers revealed Monday.

Artist’s impression of rangeomorphs, fern-like organisms that lived during the Ediacaran Period. (Charlotte Kenchington)

11.) Organisms on Earth about 600 million years ago did not suddenly grow large because they were fighting for more food, but because they were trying to propel their offspring farther into the world.

International

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, on June 25, 2018. (Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

12.) With his country in a state of emergency and one opponent in prison, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory Sunday after barely surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avert run-off elections.

 

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