Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee kicked off the long-awaited open hearings in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry with the stark message that democracy hangs in its balance; Two nominees to the federal bench in California received a warm welcome in the Senate Judiciary Committee; The U.K. Parliament race is being defined by tactical voting and electoral pacts over Brexit, and more.

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National

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1.) The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee kicked off the long-awaited open hearings in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry on Wednesday with the stark message that democracy hangs in its balance.

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2.) With the state facing a nation-high number of judicial emergencies on its district courts, two nominees to the federal bench in California received a warm welcome in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

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3.) As open hearings in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry began on Capitol Hill, a poll released Wednesday finds that most voters have already made up their minds and are unlikely to change their opinion about impeachment.

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4.) President Donald Trump has fallen behind the top five Democratic presidential candidates in a new survey of registered voters in Georgia.

Regional

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5.) Lawmakers, judges, lawyers and litigants agree: New York state has one of the largest court systems in the world but one of the most complex and cumbersome trial procedures in the country.

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6.) Thousands of members with the largest union of university employees in California went on statewide strike Wednesday to bring attention to job outsourcing and stalled contract negotiations.

International

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7.) With the United Kingdom set to vote for a new Parliament in a month, the race is being defined by tactical voting and electoral pacts over Brexit, the question mark looming over the election.

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8.) Faced with a surge in support in Sunday elections for the far-right nationalist Vox party, Spain’s Socialist party will try to form a coalition government with a smaller far-left party it had previously rejected as a partner.

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