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Top CNS stories for today including a coalition of 16 states hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint to stop what they called an executive order that steers billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case ordered him to appear in court Thursday to explain why he posted a picture of her on Instagram with apparent crosshairs of a gun sight near her head; Italy’s outspoken and divisive far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was granted political immunity from prosecution over his harsh anti-immigrant policies, and more.

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a coalition of 16 states hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint to stop what they called an executive order that steers billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case ordered him to appear in court Thursday to explain why he posted a picture of her on Instagram with apparent crosshairs of a gun sight near her head; Italy’s outspoken and divisive far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was granted political immunity from prosecution over his harsh anti-immigrant policies, and more.

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National

A young Honduran jumps from the U.S. border fence at Tijuana on Dec. 21, 2018. (AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

1.) A coalition of 16 states hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint on Presidents Day to stop what they called an executive order that steers billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

2.) The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case ordered him to appear in court Thursday to explain why he posted a picture of her on Instagram with apparent crosshairs of a gun sight near her head.

People stand in line to enter the Supreme Court in Washington on Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

3.) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an active questioner during Supreme Court oral arguments Tuesday, appearing on the bench for the first time since a December hospital stay.

Regional

4.) In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed for the second time a Texas appeals court’s finding that a death-row inmate is not mentally disabled and can be executed for a 1980 shooting.

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris listens to the public evidentiary hearing at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh on Feb. 18, 2019. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)

5.) An illegal absentee-ballot harvesting scheme unfolded in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in November, state elections officials said during the first session of a days-long hearing over the nation’s last undecided midterm race.

International

Luciana Berger speaks during a press conference to announce the new political party, The Independent Group, in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Seven British Members of Parliament say they are quitting the main opposition Labour Party over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism. Many Labour MPs are unhappy with the party's direction under leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist who took charge in 2015 with strong grass-roots backing. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

6.) Brexit contagion is infecting a new victim: the Labour Party. Great Britain’s main opposition party is reeling from in-fighting and desertions over its Brexit policy after seven moderate and centrist members quit the party on Monday.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)

7.) Italy’s outspoken and divisive far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was granted political immunity Tuesday from prosecution over his harsh anti-immigrant policies.

A view of the International Court of Justice bench on the first day of hearings in India and Pakistan's fight over the treatment of a suspected spy. (UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek)

8.) The International Court of Justice wrapped up the first round of hearings Tuesday in a case that finds Pakistan and India at odds with the conviction of a suspected spy.

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