Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including the Senate voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border; Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020; British Prime Minister Theresa May fended off threats from opponents seeking to take control of the Brexit process away from her government, and more.
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1.) The Senate on Thursday voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, delivering an historic, if likely short-lived, rebuke to the president.
2.) Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman who shot to Democratic stardom in his strong but unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz last fall, announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
3.) Accusing him of misleading Congress and withholding key documents, House Democrats on Thursday tore into Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
4.) Reviving a lawsuit by the families of Sandy Hook victims, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that federal law does not pre-empt claims over the marketing of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the 2012 elementary school massacre.
5.) In a stinging rebuke of President Trump’s assertion of immunity, a New York appeals court ruled 3-2 Thursday to advance defamation claims by ex-“Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.
6.) On another night of drama in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday evening fended off threats from opponents seeking to take control of the Brexit process away from her government.
7.) Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and a U.S. subsidiary pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.
8.) Three years after customs officers detained him on an Interpol red notice, a U.S. citizen claims in a federal complaint that Interpol is helping the United Arab Emirates to lash out at political rivals.