Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including President-elect Donald Trump selecting Sen. Jeff Sessions as his new attorney general; Trump agreeing to pay $25 million to settle fraud and racketeering claims against Trump University; Greens calling on the EPA to do more to protect the nation’s drinking water; a Rhode Island judge denying he likes to go pantless in the courtroom, and more.

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1.) Trump Names Sessions as Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump selected Sen. Jeff Sessions on Friday to serve as his attorney general. A hard-line outlier of the Republican Party, Sessions was one of the first prominent lawmakers to support Trump as others in the GOP resisted the businessman’s surge in the presidential primaries.

2.) Trump Signs $25M Global Deal to Snuff Fraud Suits

 “I never settle lawsuits,” Donald Trump has said, but the president-elect did just that on Friday, committing $25 million as part of a global deal to resolve fraud and racketeering claims against Trump University.

3.) EPA Must Do More to Protect Water, Greens Say

Environmentalists and legal groups released a scathing report on the quality of the water millions of Americans drink each day, pressing the federal government to do more to protect the nation’s waters.

4.) Texas Lawmaker Wants to Stop ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump and Republicans’ coming control of Congress, a state senator filed a bill to end “sanctuary cities” in Texas and force compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.

5.) Judge Kills Pro-Union Rule at Labor Department

A federal judge Wednesday permanently enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor’s new “persuader” rule, agreeing with business groups and 10 states that requiring employers to share the identities of anti-union consultants infringes on attorney-client privilege.

6.)  Right-to-Work Movement Victorious in Sixth Circuit

Local governments, like states, can enact right-to-work laws that ban employers from requiring union membership as a condition of employment, the Sixth Circuit ruled Friday.

7.) 6th Circuit Weighs Shield for Lethal-Injection Suppliers

A lengthy legal battle over Ohio’s execution protocol continued Friday in the Sixth Circuit, as death-row inmates challenged a lower court’s protective order for providers of lethal injections.

8.) Judge Denies Proclivity for Going Pantless

Rhode Island’s first Hispanic judge has brought a defamation complaint against a local NBC reporter over a news segment that said “the judge often removes his pants while in chambers.”

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