Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the House Intelligence Committee voted to send transcripts from the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to Special Counsel Robert Mueller; On the heels of a similar controversy embroiling the governor’s office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted that he wore blackface in 1980 in an attempt to imitate a rapper; Venice, a world-famous Italian city strained by mass tourism and a loss of residents, plans to begin charging tourists an entry fee this year and in the future could even ask visitors to book their trips in advance, and more.

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National

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1.) The House Intelligence Committee voted Wednesday to send transcripts from the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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2.) Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised their voices Wednesday over whether a sweeping election reform bill proposed by Democrats would drain or fill the Washington swamp.

3.) On the heels of a similar controversy embroiling the governor’s office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted Wednesday that he wore blackface in 1980 in an attempt to imitate a rapper

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4.) Earth as we know it will look far different in a generation because of climate change and the future is bleak without bipartisan action by lawmakers to slow greenhouse gas emissions and overhaul the nation’s energy infrastructure, environmental experts told Congress on Wednesday.

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5.) The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected a class action seeking to hold National Football League teams liable for conspiring to push painkillers on hurt athletes to get them back on the field, finding the claims time-barred.

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6.) The federal financial watchdog on Wednesday proposed overhauling Obama-era consumer protection rules designed to protect payday loan borrowers from ballooning debt and soaring interest rates.

International

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7.) Venice, a world-famous Italian city strained by mass tourism and a loss of residents, plans to begin charging tourists an entry fee this year and in the future could even ask visitors to book their trips in advance.

8.) Recommending the dismissal of an unusual case between EU member states, a magistrate said Wednesday that Austria cannot support discrimination claims over a new highway tax in Germany.

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