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Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Democrats on Capitol Hill are demanding answers after a bombshell BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump told his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said she will postpone her trip to Afghanistan following the Trump administration’s leak of her travel plans; The court in the heart of Silicon Valley is once more allowing journalists to see new written proceedings as soon as they arrive, and more.

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National

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1.) After a bombshell BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump told his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia, Democrats on Capitol Hill are demanding answers Friday.

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2.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will postpone her trip to Afghanistan following the Trump administration’s leak of her travel plans, a spokesman for the speaker said Friday.

3.) In the new year, the cycle of press access in Santa Clara Superior turned again and the court in the heart of Silicon Valley is once more allowing journalists to see new written proceedings as soon as they arrive, behind the virtual counter, in a virtual box.

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4.) As President Trump begins the third year of his presidency under Democratic oversight in Congress, the Pew Research Center reported Friday that confidence in the economy is stable but the American public is losing trust in the leader of the free world.

Regional

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5.) The fifth day of the Los Angeles teacher strike began with bargaining talks and a union rally, capping off tumultuous week for parents, students and educators.

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6.) Newly inaugurated Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended a county elections supervisor on Friday, as fallout from last year’s vote recount continues into 2019.

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

7.) The Fifth Circuit overturned a ruling barring Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program based on a sting video made by anti-abortion activists supposedly showing clinic representatives bartering the sale of fetal tissue.

Science

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8.) As the U.S. opioid epidemic peaked in 2015, so did the amount of money spent to market prescription opioid painkillers to health care providers, according to a new study.

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