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Top CNS stories for today including Virginia Republicans persuading the Supreme Court to take up their effort to preserve state legislative districts; President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Third Circuit fends off questions about various scandals that plagued former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while the New Jersey lawyer was serving as his legal adviser; Georgia election officials are ordered to review thousands of provisional ballots cast in last week’s election for governor; Maryland sues to topple Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general; the 2018 election isn’t over in Florida, but more than a million Floridians, felons whose voting rights have been restored, are already looking toward the next electoral contest; Kyrsten Sinema wins the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, flipping it from Republican to the Democrats; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advices Americans to more more and sit less each day, and more.
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1.) Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that were struck down as racially discriminatory persuaded the Supreme Court to take up their appeal Tuesday.
2.) Facing a Senate panel on Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Third Circuit fended off questions about various scandals that plagued former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while the New Jersey lawyer was serving as a legal adviser in the governor’s office.
3.) A federal judge on Monday ordered Georgia election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots cast in last week’s election for governor, and said they cannot certify statewide results in the race until late Friday afternoon.
4.) President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and the Justice Department’s own succession plan by appointing of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general, the state of Maryland says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
6.) Florida officials may still be counting votes from Election Day, but more than a million Floridians are already looking toward the next electoral contest: A ballot initiative to restore voting rights to most felons who have served their time passed overwhelmingly last Tuesday, ending 150 years of voter disenfranchisement.
7.) Kyrsten Sinema has won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, flipping it from Republican to the Democrats. Her opponent Martha McSally conceded on Monday after Sinema’s lead grew to 38,197 votes at 5 p.m., a 1.7 percent margin.
8.) Three Supreme Court justices defended their votes Tuesday after the court rejected its 84th death-penalty case in recent weeks involving the same claim against Florida.
9.) New Jersey’s highest court ordered the state on Tuesday to notify thousands of convicted drunken drivers that the charges against them were tainted by inaccurately calibrated breathalyzer machines.
10.) Americans should strive to move more and sit less often each day, according to updated physical activity guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the first time in a decade.
11.) President Donald Trump scowled for the TV cameras, gave a cold shoulder to European leaders, displayed chumminess with Russian President Vladimir Putin, posted a negative tweet about the French president, missed a forum on world peace, and a topless protester ran out on the wet Champs-Elysees in Paris as Trump’s motorcade passed, with “Fake Peacemaker” written on her breasts.
12.) Putting the kibosh on a case involving Dutch cream cheese, Europe’s highest court ruled Tuesday that the taste of a food product is not eligible for copyright protection.
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