Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a bank executive testified Friday that it approved former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort for a loan just one day after the bank’s chief told Manafort he was interested in serving for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump; A federal judge refused to block public access to a former nuclear facility that has been turned into a wildlife refuge; A judge dealt a blow to defense efforts at countering the narrative that Mariia Butina is a spy who would trade sex for political access, and more.

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National

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1.) A Chicago bank approved former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort for a loan just one day after the bank’s chief told Manafort he was interested in serving for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, a bank executive testified Friday after the trial was put on hold for several hours.

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2.) A federal judge refused to block public access to a former nuclear facility that has been turned into a wildlife refuge.

Mariia Butina in Moscow, in a photo she posted to Facebook in October 2013.

3.) Fastening a lid on U.S. evidence against accused Russian operative Mariia Butina, a federal judge dealt a blow Friday to defense efforts at countering the narrative that Butina is a spy who would trade sex for political access.

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4.) Ordered by a federal judge to “turn that plane around,” attorneys for the U.S. government confirmed Friday that they have returned to Texas a mother and child whom they deported the day before to El Salvador.

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5.) Just a day after hearing oral arguments, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld most of a temporary injunction halting enforcement of the state’s new law restricting absentee voting, allowing only a provision that shortens the period for casting absentee ballots by 11 days.

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6.) New York political upstart and lightning rod Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to Honolulu to support fellow socialist Democrat and congressional candidate Kaniela Ing at a rally ahead of Hawaii’s Democratic Party primary this weekend.

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7.) Several injured passengers and the family members of those killed claim a defective Michelin tire that was almost brand new is to blame for a bus crashing while on a tour of Mexico last year.

Science

(NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben)

8.) NASA will launch a solar probe Saturday that will fly closer to the Sun than ever before.

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