Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate confirming 15 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including three to federal appeals courts; a federal judge tosses a lawsuit by the ACLU that claimed U.S. Health and Human Services subsidized religion by allocating millions of dollars to faith-based groups; the D.C. Circuit struggles over a suit that would hold search engines like Google liable for letting disreputable locksmiths manipulate their map results; the Arkansas Supreme Court uphelds a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot; the Seventh Circuit rules a Wisconsin school district did not discriminate against a Catholic school on religious grounds when it refused to provide bus service; Beto O’Rourke’s long,  campaign for Senate through all 254 Texas counties recalls for many Texans the populist appeal of the state’s last Democratic governor, the late Ann Richards; a political earthquake is expected in elections this Sunday in the politically conservative and traditionally stable German state of Bavaria, and more.

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National

Pittsburgh corporate and constitutional attorney David Porter poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at his Pittsburgh offices at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / AP)

1.) The Senate on Thursday confirmed 15 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including three to federal appeals courts.

The Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

2.) A federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday by the ACLU that claimed U.S. Health and Human Services subsidized religion by allocating millions of dollars to faith-based groups that took in unaccompanied immigrant minors, but refused to give them birth control or access to abortions.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor walks through the crowd in attendance while answering questions at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

3.) As the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday night for a Tennessee execution, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered a stinging rebuke of bureaucratic complacency that she called out as cruel and immoral.

In this April 27, 2017, photo, visitors use their smartphones in front of a booth for Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

4.) The D.C. Circuit struggled Friday over a suit that would hold search engines like Google liable for letting disreputable locksmiths manipulate their map results.

In this Jan. 26, 2018 file photo, Fleetwood Mac band members, from left, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood appear at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Fleetwood Mac in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

5.) Rock group Fleetwood Mac fired guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham over the phone in January this year, and after 43 years and several albums he’s suing his former band members in superior court.

Regional

In this Feb. 26, 2014 photo, an election official checks a voter’s photo identification at an early voting polling site. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

6.) The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reversing a lower court’s ruling that found the measure unconstitutional.

7.) A Wisconsin school district did not discriminate against a Catholic school on religious grounds when it refused to provide bus service because it is the second Catholic school in the area, the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday.

8.) It has been seven years since Mary Kay Beckman was brutally stabbed and left for dead by a man she met on Match.com, and the courts still have not decided whether the dating website had a duty to warn her it had paired her with a violent maniac.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, right, speaks during the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate Debate with Democratic candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen at The University of Tennessee Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)

9.) When the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the contentious process galvanized voters in Tennessee and heightened the stakes of an already close Senate race between Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn.

Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, second from right, poses for a photo following a town hall meeting at a restaurant in Falfurrias, Texas on Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo., on March 10, 2014.. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

11.) The U.S. Supreme Court did not give a Christian baker lifetime immunity from anti-discrimination enforcement, the Colorado Civil Rights Division said Thursday in a motion to dismiss the bakery’s second lawsuit.

International

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany. (William Dotinga/CNS)

12.) A political earthquake is expected in elections this Sunday in the politically conservative and traditionally stable German state of Bavaria – a tremor that could rattle the foundations of Europe’s political structure.

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