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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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