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Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Fourth Circuit defending herself amid questions about her relatively limited legal experience; prosecutors preparing to dismiss 10 deadlocked charges in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s bank and tax fraud trial this August; the Trump administration threatens to ask the Supreme Court to review an injunction protecting some 700,000 young immigrants from deportation; a panel of seven Colorado Supreme Court justices hear arguments regarding the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s role in considering the industry’s impact on human health when issuing permits; a group of strippers argues before a Sixth Circuit panel to undo the approval of a class-action settlement with their employers for wage violations; scientists find a modified enzyme tested on rats could help smokers kick their dependence on nicotine, and more.

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National

1.) President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Fourth Circuit defended herself Wednesday amid questions about her relatively limited legal experience, saying her time practicing before appeals courts qualifies her for a seat on the federal bench.

2.) Prosecutors are prepared to dismiss 10 deadlocked charges in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s bank and tax fraud trial this August, according to a motion filed Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

The Heritage Foundation’s headquarters building, on Massachusetts Avenue on Capitol Hill. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

3.) Election watchdog Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Exchange Commission claiming Heritage Action, the advocacy branch of the conservative Heritage Foundation, violated federal campaign disclosure requirements.

In this Jan. 26, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a new conference at the Roundhouse Gymnasium in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

4.) Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Arizona sheriff and stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, has sued The New York Times and a member of its editorial board on libel claims over an op-ed it published in August.

In this Jan. 23, 2018, photo, immigration advocates hold a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

5.) Frustrated with the slow pace of its appeal, the Trump administration on Wednesday threatened to ask the Supreme Court to review an injunction protecting some 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.

Regional

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, left, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, take part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio. (Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News via AP, Pool)

6.) Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke came out swinging against Senator Ted Cruz Tuesday night in a feisty debate that veered from hot button foreign and domestic topics to civility in politics.

7.) A panel of seven Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday regarding the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s role in considering the industry’s impact on human health when issuing permits.

This image provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department shows a mug shot of Natalie Mayflower Edwards. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a Treasury Department employee, has been accused of leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Department via AP)

8.) Federal prosecutors charged a senior Financial Crimes Enforcement Network official with leaking thousands of sensitive files connected to the Russia investigation for a yearlong series of articles in BuzzFeed.

9.) A group of strippers argued Wednesday morning before a Sixth Circuit panel to undo the approval of a class-action settlement with their employers for wage violations.

Science

10.) Scientists have found a modified enzyme tested on rats could help smokers kick their dependence on nicotine.

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