Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including an associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleading guilty to a charge of failing to register as a foreign agent for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party; legal scholars, interest groups and Washington lawmakers getting ready for next week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; the Ninth Circuit hears arguments challenging the Trump administration’s policy of withholding law enforcement funding for “sanctuary cities”; a federal judge grants an 11th hour reprieve to the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, which were slated to be hunted in Wyoming starting Saturday; the latest round of U.S. trade talks with Canada end without a deal, but it a statement the U.S. Trade Representative said the plan is for the talks to resume next week, and more.

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National

W. Samuel Patten leaves the federal court in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

1.) W. Samuel Patten, an associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of failing to register as a foreign agent for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is shown during a visit to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

2.) Hungry for insight into the mind of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legal scholars and interest groups have devoted weeks to dissecting the judge’s writings from a tenure with the D.C. Circuit that spans over a decade.

In this Dec. 11, 2016, photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team’s NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

3.) An arbitrator advanced claims Thursday that all 32 NFL team owners colluded against quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he takes a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.

In this April 14, 2017, file photo, protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

4.) The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s policy of withholding law enforcement funding for “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation between local police and federal immigration enforcement.

Regional

Jannett Martinez holds her cat, Gigi, as she rides a boat out of her neighborhood, which was inundated after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity due to Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

5.) Forced to flee their homes on boats a year ago as Hurricane Harvey parked over Houston, residents left behind family heirlooms, housefuls of furniture and countless possessions. But the real work came after the flood receded, leaving ruined homes packed with mud and debris.

In this Sept. 25, 2013, photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, file)

6.) A federal judge Thursday granted an 11th hour reprieve to the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, which were slated to be hunted in Wyoming starting Saturday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

7.) A federal judge temporarily has blocked Governor Henry McMaster’s latest attempt to remove Planned Parenthood from South Carolina’s Medicaid program.

Sammi LeMaster helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads “Net Neutrality Wake Up Call” from the stage after a protest at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

8.) California moved a step closer to enacting the strongest consumer internet protections in the nation Thursday, after the state Assembly passed a bill to reinstate and expand Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer departs from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia in August. (Associated Press)
9.) The ex-Pennsylvania mayor stared blankly Thursday evening as his charges were read off in court for his involvement in a pay-to-play scheme, trading public-works contracts for campaign contributions. Again and again, the jury foreman repeated the verdict: guilty.
International
In this June 8, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a G-7 Summit welcome ceremony in Charlevoix, Canada.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

10.) The latest round of U.S. trade talks with Canada ended Friday without a deal, but it a statement the U.S. Trade Representative said the plan is for the talks to resume next week.

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