Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Trump administration unveiled a plan to drain federal protections for wetlands and other isolated bodies of water; Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding tie-breaking vote as the Senate narrowly confirmed a judge to the Eighth Circuit whom the American Bar Association rated as not qualified; Protests that have plunged France into a crisis aren’t stopping despite concessions offered by President Emmanuel Macron, and more.

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National

1.) The Trump administration unveiled a plan to drain federal protections for wetlands and other isolated bodies of water, doing away with the Obama-era Clean Water Rule opposed by farmers.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

2.) With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed a judge to the Eighth Circuit whom the American Bar Association rated as not qualified

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

3.) Leveling defamation claims against three news outlets and their reporters, pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused the journalists in a federal complaint of overstating his criminal history.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

4.) Picking up the pieces of a meeting meant to head off a government shutdown, congressional Democrats blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for putting his dream of a wall on the southern border ahead of a bipartisan solution. 

(AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

5.) At a House panel Tuesday where Republicans hit Google with allegations of bias, CEO Sundar Pichai insisted that the search giant builds it products without regard for political viewpoint.

(John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)

6.) Gas prices dropped 29 cents per gallon in November while the wholesale cost of American goods and services ticked up only slightly in a sign of softening inflation pressures, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

International

(Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

7.) Despite concessions offered by President Emmanuel Macron, the anger isn’t dying down and the protests that have plunged France into a crisis aren’t stopping.

(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

8.) A bond-purchasing program that the European Central Bank adopted in 2015 to reduce inflation rates survived a constitutional challenge Monday before the EU’s highest court.

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