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Top CNS stories for today including senators grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit over controversial articles she wrote as an undergraduate student and the role of administrative agencies; California’s freshmen congressional delegation will bring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to the State of the Union address; New York federal prosecutors issued a subpoena for documents from President Trump’s inaugural committee that covers its finances and donors to determine if foreign agents made illegal donations to it, and more.
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1.) Senators on Tuesday grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit over controversial articles she wrote about date rape, feminism and other hot-button cultural issues as an undergraduate student, as well as on her views on the role of administrative agencies and the regulations they issue.
2.) California’s freshmen congressional delegation whose districts have been directly affected by the Trump administration’s immigration policies will join other elected officials across the nation and bring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday.
3.) New York federal prosecutors issued a subpoena for documents from President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee that covers its finances and donors to determine if foreign agents made illegal donations to it.
4.) Nearly 30 years after Congress passed a law to ensure that chemical spills get reported, the federal agency tasked with studying these spills still has no reporting requirements in place. A federal judge told the agency that it has 12 more months to shape up.
5.) Gruesome vignettes were shared Tuesday as a federal judge heard more than four hours of testimony about the institutional breakdown suffered by Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center after a fire on Jan. 27 caused a week-long power outage.
6.) Voters in northern Minnesota will decide in a special election Tuesday whether Republicans will expand their narrow control of the state Senate as a new Democratic governor begins his first term.
7.) The full Seventh Circuit held oral arguments Tuesday to decide whether a Wisconsin school district can be held liable for not taking action against a security guard who frequently “full frontal bear hugged” and massaged students, leading to accusations he sexually abused a middle school girl.
8.) Facing a global shortage of organ donors for patients in need of new kidneys, researchers in Japan announced Tuesday they’re closing in on perfecting lab-grown kidneys that could one day be used in humans.