Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump sued California over a new state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to land on the state’s primary ballot; The Second Circuit breathed new life  into a suit that says The New York Times defamed Sarah Palin by tying her individually to the trend of heated political rhetoric fueling mass shootings; Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and more.

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1.) In his latest effort to shield his taxes from voters, President Donald Trump sued California on Tuesday over a new state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to land on the state’s primary ballot.

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

2.) Troubled by an unusual hearing in the case, the Second Circuit breathed new life Tuesday into a suit that says The New York Times defamed Sarah Palin by tying her individually to the trend of heated political rhetoric fueling mass shootings.

(CNS Photo/Brad Poole)

3.) Three environmental groups asked a federal court Tuesday to immediately block Trump administration waivers of environmental and other laws that ease the path for border wall construction on federally protected land in Arizona.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

4.) Several polls released Tuesday tell a similar story: Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, regardless of his performance on the campaign trail or debate stage.

(Wade Vandervort/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

5.) As the nation reels in the aftermath of dual mass shootings just 13 hours apart, South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg announced a plan Tuesday to combat domestic terror and the influence of the gun lobby.

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(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

6.) Phil Bryant, a Republican, is finishing up his second and last term as Mississippi’s governor. Barred from re-election because of term limits, he has turned to endorsements to continue his legacy.

7.) A federal lawsuit sure to get attention in Utah claims that the “Mormon Corporate Empire” has driven worshipers to existential crises, suicide, anxiety and depression by peddling a “scheme of lies” centered on the  religion’s creation and its scriptures, a onetime member claims.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

8.) The FBI will investigate the deadly July 28 shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California as a case of domestic terrorism, officials announced Tuesday.

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