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Top CNS stories for today including Senator Lindsey Graham said material covered by executive privilege in the report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections will likely be kept under wraps; Attorney Michael Avenatti received a one-two punch from federal prosecutors on both coasts accusing him of extortion and fraud; A mystery company fighting a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller failed to lodge its challenge with the U.S. Supreme Court, and more.
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1.) Predicting that the public will not see the full report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, Senator Lindsey Graham noted Monday that material covered by executive privilege will likely be kept under wraps.
2.) Less than a year after his representation of Stormy Daniels signaled the downfall of the president’s personal fixer, attorney Michael Avenatti received a one-two punch from federal prosecutors on both coasts Monday.
3.) A mystery company fighting a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller failed Monday to lodge its challenge with the U.S. Supreme Court.
4.) In a case involving a publisher sued for faxing an advertisement to a chiropractic office, the justices of the Supreme Court questioned Monday whether a federal law really prevents federal district courts from interpreting the orders of some administrative agencies.
5.) Unable to wrangle the necessary votes at the end of legislative session Monday, Democratic lawmakers sidelined a bid Monday to make the Garden State the 11th to legalize recreational marijuana.
6.) The family of a woman shot dead on a San Francisco pier cannot hold the city liable for failing to help deport an undocumented immigrant who fired the fatal bullet, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Monday.
7.) In the second round of hearings over Wisconsin’s controversial lame-duck legislation in as many weeks, a Dane County judge heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit brought by unions challenging three laws passed during an extraordinary floor session of the GOP-controlled Legislature in December.
8.) Following a two-day meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels last week, the European Commission delayed a fight about climate change legislation until June after Germany surprisingly defected.