Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including federal employees and contractors are starting to feel the impact of the partial government shutdown as the workforce heads into 2019; President Donald Trump said he is still confident in his treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, as the American stock market struggled through what was termed the “worst Christmas ever”; GoFundMe said it has refunded the $400,000 contributed to the New Jersey trio who are charged now with concocting a bogus story of a homeless good Samaritan, and more.

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National

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1.) With no movement on President Donald Trump’s $5 billion demand for border-wall funding, federal employees, and even more federal contractors, are starting to feel the impact of the partial government shutdown as the workforce heads into 2019. 

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2.) As the American stock market struggled through what was termed the “worst Christmas ever,” economically speaking, President Trump said he is still confident in his treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin.

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3.) Following the second death of an immigrant child in federal custody, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said it will begin conducting additional medical checks on children and review its policies on the care and custody of young children.

4.) Two days after President Trump put his signature on bipartisan criminal-justice reform, one notable federal prisoner quickly sought to benefit from the new law: former Bernie Madoff secretary Annette Bongiorno.

Regional

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5.) In a somber endnote to the Christmas season, GoFundMe said it has refunded the $400,000 contributed to the New Jersey trio who are charged now with concocting a bogus story of a homeless good Samaritan.

6.) A federal judge has ordered Virginia to reinstate the licenses of drivers whom the state sought to punish for unpaid court fines.

International

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7.) French authorities have dropped a sensitive investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence.

(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

8.) Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.

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