Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including U.S. Senate candidates hoping to fill the seat vacated by Senator Jeff Flake’s retirement clashing in a pivotal debate in Arizona; a federal judge paves the way for an Obama-era rule to take effect that helps protect students defrauded by for-profit colleges from predatory lending practices; Paul Manafort asks a judge to let him street clothes, rather than prison garb to an upcoming hearing; a literary advocacy sues President Donald Trump over his threats to use his powers to punish critical media members; California voters are drowning in pre-election mailings; the United Nations calls for faster action on climate change; a new Pew Research Center study says most Americans distrust social media bots, and more.

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National

U.S. Senate candidates, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., left, and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., prepare their remarks in a television studio prior to a televised debate, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

1.) Republican candidate Martha McSally dredged up old comments about the Taliban while her Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema called out McSally’s views on health care and her support for President Donald Trump on Monday night in a pivotal debate for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Flake’s retirement.

In this Sept. 17, 2018 photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

2.) A federal judge paved the way Tuesday for an Obama-era rule to take effect that helps protect students defrauded by for-profit colleges from predatory lending practices get their loans forgiven.

The $15,000 Ostrich Coat purchased by Paul Manafort in New York. One of the jackets purchased by Paul Manafort. (Photo courtesy the Special Counsel’s office)

3.) Paul Manafort would like to trade in the prison-issued jumpsuit he has sported since being imprisoned this June for a formal business suit when he appears in court for a hearing scheduled for Friday at a federal court in Virginia.

In this Nov. 19, 2016 photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

4.) More than 100,000 students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges can team up to sue Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era rules that provided full debt forgiveness, a federal judge ruled Monday.

President Donald Trump raises his fist to chants of “USA” during a visit Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to Lynn Haven, Fla., to see storm damage and recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael. (Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

5.)  A literary advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday claiming President Donald Trump’s robust threats to use his powers to punish critical media coverage chills writers’ free speech in violation of the First Amendment.

Regional

Just a few of the dozens of election mailers California voters receive every week during general election season. (Nick Cahill/CNS)

6.) Ahead of Election Day, airwaves and mailboxes across California overflow with expensive campaign advertisements. On top of choosing elected officials, California voters – not lawmakers – will once again decide things like constitutional amendments, $50 billion tax hikes and obscure labor union disputes.

Actor James Woods poses at the premiere of the film “Bleed for This” at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

7.) A Bernie Sanders supporter on Tuesday asked the Sixth Circuit to overturn a lower court finding that she was not defamed by actor James Woods’ tweet misidentifying her as an “agitator” making a Nazi salute at a Donald Trump campaign rally.

Former CNN commentator Jason Miller. (Screen grab via YouTube)

8.) Former Trump campaign consultant Jason Miller claims in a libel lawsuit that he lost his job at CNN and was shunned in his community after a politics website reported false accusations that he slipped a lady an abortion pill.

In this Aug. 30, 2012, photo, a tour group walks through the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

9.)  An affirmative action case against Harvard University finally went to trial Monday, four years after a lawsuit was filed claiming the nation’s oldest college discriminates against prospective Asian-American students by considering race in the admissions process.

Science

Melting ice in Greenland.

10.) News about climate change has grown increasingly bleak in recent weeks, including word from the United Nations that we need to work quicker to control global warming and news that the world’s beer supply will be jeopardized if things don’t turn around. Now, scientists have acknowledged their predictions on the regional effects of climate change are flawed and things could be far worse than they knew.

Research & Polls

Of the 66 percent of Americans who said they’ve heard about social media bots, 80 percent said they believe the bots are used for mischievous activities, according to a Pew Research Center poll published Monday.

11.) If you’ve participated in elections in the last two years and stayed engaged politically through social media, you’ve likely come across a pesky automation tool that two-thirds of Americans believe is maliciously used to generate political influence.

International

Calabria, in southern Italy.

12.) Italy’s anti-immigrant government is seeking to end a small southern Italian town’s years-long celebrated effort to reinvigorate its dwindling population by welcoming immigrants and refugees.

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