Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump said he would be willing to keep the government closed for “months or even years” until he gets the funding he has demanded for a border wall; American employers beat expectations and added 312,000 jobs in December; Courthouse News’ western bureau chief tests his luck at Grand Teton National Park in his latest dispatch, and more.

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1.) A Friday meeting between congressional leaders and President Donald Trump produced no resolution to the ongoing partial government shutdown, as Trump said he would be willing to keep the government closed for “months or even years” until he gets the funding he has demanded for a border wall.

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2.) In his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief tests his luck at Grand Teton National Park.

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3.) In a brief and unsigned order, the D.C. Circuit cleared the way for the Trump administration to institute a policy that a federal judge equated with a blanket ban on transgender military service.

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4.) Beating expectations and easing fears of a recession, American employers added 312,000 jobs in December amid a struggling stock market, partial government shutdown and economic slowdown worldwide.

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5.) Three New York City strip clubs were hit with a federal injunction after using supermodel Carmen Electra in their advertisements without permission.

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6.) Christian activists who tried to stop Houston libraries from hosting “Drag Queen Storytime” because it allegedly promotes the LGBT community’s “secular humanist” religion lack standing, a federal judge ruled, dismissing the lawsuit.

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7.) A Florida county can continue to hold nonpartisan elections for offices such as sheriff and tax collector as long as those races are decided only in the general election, not the primary, the state’s high court ruled Friday.

8.) Los Angeles’ city attorney sued The Weather Channel, claiming it fraudulently and deceptively uses its Weather Channel App “to amass its users’ private, personal geolocation data,” not, as advertised — “to provide them with ‘personalized local weather data’”— but to monetize the information by selling it to third parties.

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