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Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a key Houston Ccongressional seat has been rated a tossup, with Republican incumbent John Culberson citing $141 billion in hurricane relief bills he helped pass in 2017 as proof he should keep his job, while the Houston Chronicle has endorsed Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher; if Rep. Jeff Denham, if a Republican, loses his bid to represent a slice of California’s Central Valley for a fifth term, pundits say there will be two reasons: health care and President Donald Trump; the U.S. Supreme Court declines to blot out a suit that demands the government do more to stop climate change; a California man sues the founder of home security company Ring in state court alleging that Jamie Siminoff, whose company was featured on the TV show “Shark Tank,” bilked him out of $300 million; the United Nations environmental group has found the ozone layer is set to fully heal within 40 years; Spain’s Supreme Court will decide whether the jailed leaders of the independence drive in Catalonia should face charges, and more.

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National

1.) In a flood-prone Houston congressional district that Hillary Clinton won by 1 point in 2016, Republican incumbent John Culberson is citing $141 billion in hurricane relief bills he helped pass in 2017 as proof he should keep his job. But the Houston Chronicle has endorsed Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, saying Culberson’s “career has been spent promoting his own pet projects,” such as encouraging NASA to probe for alien beings on a moon of Jupiter.

In this photo taken Aug. 20 2018 Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., speaks at a rally against a proposal by state water officials to increase water flows for the lower San Joaquin River to protect fish, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

2.) If pollsters end up being correct on Nov. 6 and U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican, loses his bid to represent a slice of California’s Central Valley for a fifth term, it will likely come down to two reasons: health care and President Donald Trump.

People pray during a rally with President Donald Trump Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

3.) On a breezeless Florida afternoon, just days before the midterm elections, thousands of men and women wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats and American flag memorabilia gathered outside an arena near Ft. Myers.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Patrick Morrisey, the state’s Republican attorney general, during a recent debate, with moderator and radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval.

4.) The biggest midterm election in a generation is now less than 24 hours away, with voters being asked to decide whether President Donald Trump’s no-holds-barred politics will define Washington for at least the next two years or if Democrats have made a convincing argument for ending the GOP monopoly in the nation’s capitol.

In this July 18, 2018, photo, lawyers and youth plaintiffs lineup behind a banner after a hearing before Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken between lawyers for the Trump Administration and the so called Climate Kids in Federal Court in Eugene, Ore. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

5.) It already interrupted the case from going to trial, but the Supreme Court declined Friday night to blot out a suit that demands the government do more to stop climate change.

Regional

In this March 7, 2017 photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

6.) A lawyer for students suing Harvard over its admissions policy pleaded with the court Friday at closing arguments to slam the door on “the wolf of discrimination.”

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.(Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

7.) A man arrested for his alleged ties to a California white nationalist group that incited riots across the state last year was denied bail by a federal judge on Friday.

In this Jan. 16, 2015, photo, a person walks past pump jacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
8.) Certain that the Trump administration would soon auction off chunks of federal land in California to oil companies, California lawmakers in 2017 scrambled up a defense.
Logo for television series “Shark Tank.” (Image via Wikipedia Commons)
9.)  A California man sued the founder of home security company Ring in state court Friday, alleging that Jamie Siminoff, whose company was featured on the TV show “Shark Tank,” bilked him out of $300 million.

Science

This combination of images made available by NASA shows areas of low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, right, and September 2018. The purple and blue colors are where there is the least ozone, and the yellows and reds are where there is more ozone.

10.) The ozone layer is set to fully heal within 40 years, according to the findings of a report out Monday from a United Nations environmental group, touting decades of corrective actions.

Research & Polls

In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc, left, appears in federal court, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Miami. Sayoc is accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country. (Daniel Pontet via AP)

11.) Days ahead of the midterm elections, nearly eight in 10 U.S. residents worry the tone in Washington will lead to violence or acts of terrorism.

International

12.) Spain’s Supreme Court will decide whether the jailed leaders of the independence drive in Catalonia should face charges of rebellion or the lesser crime of sedition.

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