Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now being just a day away from confirmation after surviving a procedural vote and garnering the support of key senators; Courthouse News files a First Amendment action against the court clerk in San Jose, California, over the practice of holding up access to new civil actions filed in Silicon Valley, where internet giants such as Google and Facebook are based; former Vice President Joe Biden stumps for California Democrats, saying victories in GOP-held congressional districts this November can help stop President Donald Trump’s “assault” on immigrants, women and working class families; special counsel Robert Mueller receives an endorsement from nine constitutional law professors who want the D.C. Circuit to affirm the constitutionality of Mueller’s appointment; a federal judge opens the door for environmentalists to bolster claims over a lobster fishery they blame for the declining population of an endangered whale; general elections in Bosnia are heightening concerns of potential violence; in his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief unintentionally follows fires from California to the canyons of Idaho, and more.

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National

Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

1.) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, signaling he has won the support of crucial senators who expressed reservations about his nomination after several women accused the judge of sexual misconduct.

In this June 21, 2017, photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

2.) Special counsel Robert Mueller received a court endorsement Friday from nine constitutional law professors who want the D.C. Circuit to affirm the constitutionality of Mueller’s appointment.

Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a dinner in Washington, D.C.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)

3.) Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for California Democrats at a campaign rally Thursday, saying victories in GOP-held congressional districts this November can help stop President Donald Trump’s “assault” on immigrants, women and working class families.

In this Sept. 22, 2014, photo, a view of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

4.) Challenging its prosecution by special counsel Robert Mueller, a Russian firm accused of conspiracy said Friday that Mueller must be made to identify all cases where he prosecuted or declined to take on foreign actors for election interference.

In this April 10, 2008 photo, a ballet of three North Atlantic right whale tails break the surface off Provincetown, Mass., in Cape Cod Bay. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

5.) A federal judge opened the door Thursday for environmentalists to bolster claims over a lobster fishery they blame for the declining population of an endangered whale.

Regional

6.) Courthouse News filed a First Amendment action against the court clerk in San Jose, California, on Thursday over the practice of holding up access to new civil actions filed in Silicon Valley, where internet giants such as Google and Facebook are based.

Railroad trestles, a stream and wildfire smoke in Idaho. (Chris Marshall/CNS)

7.) In his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief unintentionally follows fires from California to the canyons of Idaho.

8.) California housing leaders gathered in San Diego Thursday to seek solutions for the statewide housing crisis, including the push for local and state rent control measures before the November elections.

A little devil Caribbean seabird. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

9.) The little devil Caribbean seabird, named for its nocturnal habits and haunting call, has been proposed for inclusion on the endangered species list Friday, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

International

This apartment building in Sarajevo, pockmarked with bullet and shell holes from the Bosnian war, is one of many in Bosnia that still show signs of damage. (CAIN BURDEAU, Courthouse News Service)

10.) All too often, the people of Sarajevo, a city marked by wars, talk as though another war is not an impossibility. Heightening concerns are general elections in Bosnia on Sunday and the likelihood of a messy outcome.

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