Top CNS stories for today including an historic congressional override of an Obama veto, the first of his presidency, restoring the 9/11 victim bill; Ohio asking the 6th Circuit to relieve it of Affordable Care Act obligations; a millions-year-old record for warming on track to shatter, and more.
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1.) After Obama Veto, Congressional Override Restores 9/11 Victim Bill
The Senate executed its first veto override of the Obama presidency on Wednesday to adopt legislation that lets families and victims of the 9/11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia.
2.) Christie’s Favor Was Assured, Bridgegate Plotter Says
The man who took responsibility for orchestrating a massive New Jersey traffic jam three years ago testified Wednesday that he was assured Gov. Chris Christie’s favor for doing so.
3.) Millions-Year-Old Record for Warming on Track to Shatter
An official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a study showing that Earth is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and it is on pace to become the hottest it’s been in more than 2 million years.
4.) Ohio Demands Obamacare Exemption in 6th Circuit
Ohio attempted to convince a Sixth Circuit panel on Tuesday that nonfederal government entities are exempt from the federal health care law’s reinsurance requirements.
5.) Lawmakers Probe Leases by Veterans Affairs
While the Department of Veterans Affairs claims its recent move to lease more of its facilities gives it added flexibility, a government-accountability officer told Congress on Wednesday her agency would like to see evidence of that.
6.) Marathon Hearing on Climate-Change Plan
Questions of federalism, executive overreach and the role of the judiciary dominated Tuesday’s oral arguments about the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the president’s landmark effort to combat climate change.
7.) Alabama Chief Judge Goes Before Ethics Panel
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told a judicial discipline panel that it was absurd to accuse him of encouraging the state’s 68 probate judges to defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
8.) Anti-Gay States Face San Francisco’s Wrath
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city to prohibit its employees not only from using public dollars to travel to states that pass anti-gay and anti-transgender laws, but barring city contracts with businesses headquartered in those states.
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