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Top CNS stories for today including former Vice President Joe Biden announced his presidential bid by warning that the re-election of President Donald Trump will put American values and “our very democracy” at stake; A trio of federal judges ruled that Michigan Republicans illegally drew election maps to secure GOP victories and ordered lawmakers to redraw dozens of districts for the 2020 election; FBI and IRS agents conducted sweeping raids on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, and more.
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1.) Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his presidential bid Thursday in a video posted to Twitter, warning that the re-election of President Donald Trump will put American values and “our very democracy” at stake.
2.) Accusing the NRA of campaign-finance violations ahead of its annual convention, a nonprofit founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords brought a federal complaint to compel regulatory action.
3.) A company accused of funding the Russian troll farms that favored Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016 told a federal judge Thursday that release of the special counsel’s report makes a fair trial unlikely.
4.) After several weeks of deliberation, a trio of federal judges ruled Thursday that Michigan Republicans illegally drew election maps to secure GOP victories and ordered lawmakers to redraw dozens of districts for the 2020 election.
5.) FBI and IRS agents conducted sweeping raids Thursday morning on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, searching both of the Democrat’s homes as well as her offices at city hall, the offices of a nonprofit with which she is associated and the office of her personal lawyer.
6.) Public defenders for the man accused of murdering 17 people at his former high school in Florida asked a judge to let them withdraw from his case, saying his $432,000 inheritance disqualifies him from receiving the free legal counsel.
7.) Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old autistic Swedish girl with braids, single-minded determination and an apocalyptic message who has taken Europe by storm and become the face of climate-change activism.
8.) Emperor penguins have ditched a longtime love nest for three consecutive years as they search for stable ground while sea levels rise and fierce winds reshape the landscape of Antarctica, according to a study published Thursday.