Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including an advance copy of attorney general nominee William Barr’s statement to senators shows he will vow not to interfere in the special counsel’s investigation; The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a gun-rights case that more subtly challenged the legitimacy of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s appointment by President Donald Trump; Porn actress Stormy Daniels claims the allegiance of several Ohio police detectives to Trump was behind her arrest at a strip club last year, and more.
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1.) The Senate is not set to confirm William Barr as U.S. attorney general until Tuesday, but an advance copy of the nominee’s statement shows Barr will vow not to interfere in the special counsel’s investigation.
2.) The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a gun-rights case Monday that more subtly challenged the legitimacy of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s appointment by President Donald Trump.
3.) Set to hear from convicted ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen next month, Democratic lawmakers chairing several investigative committees issued the White House a stark warning: witness obstruction will not be tolerated.
4.) Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claimed President Trump paid her hush money to cover up an alleged 2006 affair, sued several Ohio police detectives Monday, claiming their allegiance to Trump was behind her arrest at a strip club last year.
5.)Recreational marine fishing regulations will be overhauled after Congress passed a set of rules last month known as the Modern Fish Act, bringing a wave of changes in how recreational fishing data is collected and used that could lead to longer seasons.
6.) Rain fell on more than 30,000 Los Angeles Unified School District educators as they picketed and marched outside classrooms and schools Monday, the first day of a strike demanding class size reductions, more social workers and librarians and better pay for teachers at the nation’s second largest public-school districts.
7.) Opponents of what they call Chicago’s “draconian” ordinance regulating Airbnb rentals must start from scratch because none of the individual hosts bringing the case have standing to challenge the law, the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday.
8.) Standing under a clear blue sky in the city he led as mayor, Julian Castro, the former housing and urban development secretary, announced that he will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.