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Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including three Senate Democrats claim in a federal ccourt that President Donald Trump circumvented the rigors of a Senate confirmation fight in the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker; the White House fully restores the hard pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta; a federal judge blocks the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that allegedly treats non-citizens in the military as “second-class recruits”; Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor team up for a dissent after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal over forensic witnesses in criminal trials; a Ninth Circuit panel sends a class action on the constitutionality of withholding bond hearings from immigrants back to the Southern California judge hearing the case; scientists say that 200 million cone-shaped termite mounds in northeastern Brazil can be seen from space, and more.

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National

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gestures after speaking at the Dept. of Justice’s Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1.) Contesting the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, three Senate Democrats claim in a federal complaint Monday that President Donald Trump circumvented the rigors of a Senate confirmation fight.

In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, CNN journalist Jim Acosta does a standup before a new conference with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

2.) The White House announced on Monday that it will fully restore the hard pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, but said he and his journalist colleagues covering the West Wing will now have to abide by a new set of ground rules.

Attorney Sameer Ahmed.

3.) A federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that allegedly treats non-citizens in the military as “second-class recruits” and prevents them from starting basic training.

In this Oct. 4, 2018 photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

4.) Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor teamed up for a dissent Monday after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal over forensic witnesses in criminal trials.

Regional

Murals, like this one behind the Chase bank on Figueroa Avenue, cover dozens of walls on storefronts and back alleys in LA’s northeast neighborhood of Highland Park. Local mural preservation activists say these murals are under threat from the city. (Martin Macias, Jr./CNS)

5.) In a hilly, northeast community of Los Angeles, a giant chicken statue towers over taquerias and elote vendors along Figueroa Avenue – the historically Latino commercial avenue in Highland Park that has evolved in recent years to satisfy the tastes and desires of new residents of a neighborhood in flux.

6.) Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and the heads of the state’s foster care program allowed children in foster care to become essentially homeless and suffer from sexual exploitation and trafficking, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed Friday.

The new California law takes money out of the equation for pretrial detainees. As soon as someone is arrested on a misdemeanor, he or she will be released on his or her own recognizance unless the crime falls under one of 10 exceptions, like domestic violence or stalking.

7.) With “grave doubts” about the constitutionality of withholding bond hearings from immigrants detained longer than six months, a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday sent a class action back to the Southern California judge hearing the case and preserved a court order requiring bond hearings while the case is reviewed.

Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, performs during the Philipp Plein women’s 2019 Spring-Summer collection on Sept. 21, 2018, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

8.) The flamboyantly Brooklyn tattooed rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will be presented to a federal judge Monday afternoon on criminal racketeering and firearms charges.

International

This image shows mound fields. The mounds are found in dense, low, dry forest caatinga vegetation and can be seen when the land is cleared for pasture. (Roy Funch)

9.) For the last 4,000 years, termites in northeastern Brazil have been busy building their home: 200 million cone-shaped mounds that can be seen from space.

Protesters block the traffic on the Champs Elysees avenue to protest fuel taxes in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

10.) Anti-tax protesters continued Monday to block roads and disrupt traffic in France after a chaotic and violent weekend of demonstrations against government fuel taxes meant to force pollution-causing vehicles off the roads and make France less dependent on oil.

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