Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump telling reporters that he misspoke during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and that what he meant to say was he didn’t see why Russia “wouldn’t” be responsible for meddling in the 2016 election; Special Counsel Robert Mueller asks a federal judge to grant immunity from prosecution for five potential witnesses whose testimony he wants to compel at the upcoming criminal trial of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort; environmental groups sue the Trump administration for drastically expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without giving full consideration to the environmental risks; a federal judge throws out his order requiring the Los Angeles Times to delete part of an online article about a plea deal made between an ex-police detective and federal prosecutors – information gleaned from the court’s public computer records; a European human rights court ruled Tuesday that the Russian government mistreated members of the protest punk-rock band Pussy Riot when it imprisoned them after a highly publicized and unauthorized performance inside a Moscow cathedral in 2012, and more.

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National

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, smiles beside Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1.) President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he misspoke during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and that what he meant to say was he didn’t see why Russia “wouldn’t” be responsible for meddling in the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

2.) Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday asked a federal judge to grant immunity from prosecution for five potential witnesses whose testimony he wants to compel at the upcoming criminal trial of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.

In a lawsuit filed in May, Planned Parenthood claimed recent changes in Department of Health and Human Services policy unfairly benefited religious organizations and violated sections of Title X, the federal funding program which offers money for family planning services provided by groups like Planned Parenthood.

3.) A federal judge on Monday sided with the government in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and two of its affiliates that argued Trump administration changes to the federal Title X funding limit the care they can provide to women.

In this Feb. 8, 2018 file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

4.) House Republicans on Tuesday criticized the content filtering practices of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as unfairly targeting conservative viewpoints, with some lawmakers suggesting increased government regulation of the social media giants.

Ship and oil rigs in the Gulf. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

5.) Environmental groups sued the Trump administration late Monday for drastically expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without giving full consideration to the environmental risks.

Regional

A trial over the Texas Fetal Burial Law begins after pointed 5th Circuit rulings.

6.) The federal judge who will decide whether Texas may require healthcare providers to bury or cremate fetal remains said in court Monday that he will not rule based on his personal beliefs but on whether the law unconstitutionally impairs a woman’s right to abortion.

Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, photographed in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via AP, File)

7.) A federal judge on Tuesday threw out his order requiring the Los Angeles Times to delete part of an online article about a plea deal made between an ex-police detective and federal prosecutors – information gleaned from the court’s public computer records.

In this June 27, 2017, photo, a semi-automatic rifle is displayed with a 25 shot magazine, left, and a 10 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

8.) A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed a federal judge’s order preliminarily barring California from enforcing a voter-approved ban on high-capacity gun magazines.

International

Russian protest punk-rock band Pussy Riot (Igor Moukhin/Wikipedia)

9.) A European human rights court ruled Tuesday that the Russian government mistreated members of the protest punk-rock band Pussy Riot when it imprisoned them after a highly publicized and unauthorized performance inside a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands.

10.) The act of war on Tuesday became a crime that the International Criminal Court can prosecute, though the court’s reach is severely limited because many of the world’s mightiest nations, including the United States, do not recognize the new international law.

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