Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Democrats on a powerful House panel saying they plan to look into Ivanka Trump’s use of a personal email account to conduct White House business; a species of rainbow-colored fish and the streams it is found in across Virginia and West Virginia are both getting receive federal wildlife protections; as proposals to protect Southern Resident killer whales from extinction hit the desk of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, but a key member of the group behind the plan says the one action strong enough to give the whales a chance at survival was too politically charged to make the list; Florida’s midterm melee is over; the Ninth Circuit rules Los Angeles residents did not adequately show election districts were redrawn to benefit the LA City Council’s current president; a new study finds the belief that genetically modified foods are harmful to human health has increased over the last two years, and more.

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National

In this Nov. 14, 2018, photo, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, center, greets guests after President Donald Trump spoke about prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

1.) Democrats on a powerful House panel plan to look into Ivanka Trump’s use of a personal email account to conduct White House business, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

The colorful candy darter fish, found in streams across the Virginias, was granted protection Tuesday under the Endangered Species Act after years of litigation by conservation groups. (Photo courtesy of Racel Mair/U.S Fish and Wildlife Service)

2.) A species of rainbow-colored fish and the streams it is found in across Virginia and West Virginia are both slated to receive federal wildlife protections by the Trump administration in response to litigation by conservation groups.

The pier of Imperial Beach (Photo by Kotowski via Wikipedia Commons)

3.) A federal judge questioned Monday whether he could dismiss a novel lawsuit challenging cross-border pollution at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Clean Water Act before any discovery has been conducted in the case.

Southern Resident killer whale eating a Chinook salmon. (Center for Whale Research)

4.) Three dozen potential actions intended to prevent the extinction of Southern Resident killer whales have hit the desk of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, but a key member of the group behind the plan says the one action strong enough to give the whales a good chance at survival was too politically charged to make the list.

Regional

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes listens to reports Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

5.) Florida’s midterm melee is over, leaving in its wake memories of overheating ballot machines, voters unable to fix rejected ballots, and a Senate candidate intimating on national TV that there was “rampant” election fraud in the Sunshine State.

Los Angeles City Hall. (Chris Marshall/CNS)

6.) Los Angeles residents did not adequately show race was the main factor in the last round of redistricting or that the districts were redrawn to benefit the LA City Council’s current president, a Ninth Circuit panel held Monday.

The interior of the Satin Dolls strip club in New Jersey, which served as the filming location for the Bada Bing strip club scenes for “The Sopranos,” series. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)

7.) Siding with a New Jersey strip club, a federal judge called it unconstitutional Monday for the Garden State to forbid bars from advertising that they let patrons bring their own beer.

Democrat TJ Cox, who ran against Rep. David Valadao, a Hanford Republican, for the 21st Congressional District seat. (T.J. Cox for Congress/Facebook)
8.) The race between Republican David Valadao and Democrat T.J. Cox tightened even further on Monday night as provisional ballots from Kern County continue to trickle in for California’s 21st Congressional District.
Happy the Asian elephant has lived at the Bronx Zoo since 1977. (Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society)
9.) Celebrating the advancement of its effort to make the Bronx Zoo free one of its Asian elephants, the Nonhuman Rights Project said Monday that Happy is the world’s first elephant to secure a habeas corpus order.

Research & Polls

This Oct. 5, 2012, photo shows products labeled with Non-GMO statements. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

10.) The belief that genetically modified foods are harmful to human health has increased over the last two years to about half of all American adults, primarily among those with low levels of scientific knowledge, according to a new study published Monday.

International

Lake Fryxell is a frozen lake 2.8 miles long between the Canada Glacier and the Commonwealth Glaciers at the lower end of Taylor Valley in Victoria Land, Antarctica.

11.) Upholding submissions Tuesday related to the conservation of Antarctic resources, the European Court of Justice resolved a power struggle between two of the EU’s decision-making bodies.

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