Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump sued a top Democratic lawmaker to block the subpoena of his longtime accountants; The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to clarify federal civil rights law for millions of Americans who live in states where LGBT protections are murky; The Third Circuit ruled that Philadelphia officials can choose not to contract with a Catholic foster care agency that refuses to place children with same-sex couples, and more.

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National

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1.) Accusing House Democrats of waging “political war” against him, President Donald Trump sued a top lawmaker Monday to block the subpoena of his longtime accountants.

2.) Taking up multiple cases Monday involving LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to clarify federal civil rights law for millions of Americans who live in states where their protections are murky.

Regional

3.) Philadelphia officials can choose not to contract with a Catholic foster care agency that refuses to place children with same-sex couples, the Third Circuit ruled Monday.

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4.) The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided, without being asked, to take up a second lawsuit over the GOP-controlled Legislature’s lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general.

5.) A Michigan city’s practice of “chalking” tires to enforce parking regulations is an unreasonable search, a Sixth Circuit panel ruled Monday.

Science

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6.) Amid an ongoing public health crisis, the Census Bureau has found that grandparents are raising children more often in states with higher opioid prescription rates, particularly in the South.

7.) Climate change has sped up the melting of the polar ice caps and now researchers with Stanford University say the global economy is another casualty, with poor countries more severely affected by rising temperatures.

8.) A new method of tracking global warming has given scientists the ability to see how the 19th century contributed to man-made climate change, a new research study revealed on Monday. 

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