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Top CNS stories for today including a Russian national being charged for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the upcoming 2018 midterm election; President Donald Trump orders federal agencies to speed up environmental reviews and jumpstart major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest; the Fifth Circuit finds Texas’ understaffed foster care system often fails to investigate children’s reports of sexual abuse, but a federal judge went too far in mandating a cap of 17 children per caseworker; California’s 19 million voters are set to decide a slate of midterm ballot measures aimed at easing the state’s affordable-housing crisis, but not all initiatives may bring residents the relief they seek; the European Court of Justice rules Poland must stop enforcing a new law that pushed some judges on its highest court into early retirement and reinstate the ones that have already been forced out, and more.

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Top CNS stories for today including a Russian national being charged for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the upcoming 2018 midterm election; President Donald Trump orders federal agencies to speed up environmental reviews and jumpstart major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest; the Fifth Circuit finds Texas’ understaffed foster care system often fails to investigate children’s reports of sexual abuse, but a federal judge went too far in mandating a cap of 17 children per caseworker; California’s 19 million voters are set to decide a slate of midterm ballot measures aimed at easing the state’s affordable-housing crisis, but not all initiatives may bring residents the relief they seek; the European Court of Justice rules Poland must stop enforcing a new law that pushed some judges on its highest court into early retirement and reinstate the ones that have already been forced out, and more.

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National

1.) A Russian national was charged Friday for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the upcoming 2018 midterm election.

2.) Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was brought into a Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair Friday afternoon for a hearing to set his sentencing date, even as lawyers argued his confinement is already negatively affecting his health.

3.)  Launching a new front in his war on red tape, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal agencies to speed up environmental reviews and jumpstart major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest.

4.) A federal judge on Thursday asked prosecutors to flesh out their arguments in the case against a Russian company accused of funding the Kremlin’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

5.) President Donald Trump continued to pull out all the stops to retain the Republicans’ narrow control in the Senate, making his third trip to Montana on Thursday night to support two House and Senate candidates and to rally the state’s Republican base ahead of the November election.

Regional

6.) In the wake of the U.S. Geological Survey’s announcement that an earthquake early warning system is operational, millions of people across several states participated in earthquake drills on Earthquake Preparedness Day Thursday.

7.) Texas’ understaffed foster care system often fails to investigate children’s reports of sexual abuse, but a federal judge went too far in mandating a cap of 17 children per caseworker, a divided Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday.

8.) Two jurors who voted to hold Monsanto liable for a man’s fatal cancer from using the weed killer Roundup called a California judge’s intention to gut the $289 million verdict “unreasonable” Thursday, and rejected criticism they had been emotionally manipulated into making the finding without evidence.

9.) In less than three weeks, California’s 19 million voters will decide a slate of midterm ballot measures aimed at easing the state’s affordable-housing crisis, but not all initiatives may bring residents the relief they seek.

10.) As traffic inched along Interstate 5 in Burbank, California on Thursday morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox asked a crowd at a Walmart parking lot if they were ready to repeal a statewide gas tax in November.

Research & Polls

11.) As the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Monday on a challenge to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, the central question appeared to be whether the president’s past anti-Muslim statements effectively doom the controversial policy.

International

12.) The European Court of Justice ruled Friday that Poland must stop enforcing a new law that pushed some judges on its highest court into early retirement and reinstate the ones that have already been forced out.

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