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Top eight stories for today including Ukraine is holding out against Russian attacks but is suffering increasing troop losses and running low on ammunition; President Biden took aim at foreign-owned ocean carriers in a speech on inflation and supply-chain challenges; Courthouse News won an injunction against the authority that rules Florida’s court e-filing portal, and more.

National

From bench to book signings, Supreme Court ethics rules pose no barrier

New financial discourse reports show the justices of the Supreme Court earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2021 on lucrative book deals that do not count toward limits on extra income regulated by ethics rules. 

Seated, from left: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor . Standing, from left: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. (Fred Schilling/Supreme Court via Courthouse News)

Biden administration defends immigration policy before Sixth Circuit

Federal courts cannot impose nationwide injunctions to counteract guidance handed down by the Department of Homeland Security regarding enforcement of federal immigration law, President Joe Biden’s administration argued Friday before an appeals court.

Three migrants from Cuba arrive on U.S. soil after crossing the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, on May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Biden takes swipe at ocean carriers’ market power in inflation speech

President Joe Biden took aim Friday at the foreign-owned ocean carriers that dominate trade routes between Asia and the U.S. in a speech at the Port of Los Angeles to discuss inflation and supply-chain challenges.

President Joe Biden flanked by longshore workers before a June 10, 2022, speech at the Port of Los Angeles. (Source: Port of LA)

Regional

US judge enjoins Florida’s e-filing authority on 1st Amendment grounds

Overcoming a long campaign of resistance from Florida clerks, Courthouse News won an injunction Friday against the authority that rules Florida’s e-filing portal. The injunction forbids the authority from holding back access to new court filings while the clerical work of docketing is done.

(Art by Carlos Ayala/Courthouse News)

Still smarting from Sacha Baron Cohen joke, Roy Moore antagonizes appeals court

A federal appeals court judge got a talking-to from Roy Moore’s lawyer on Friday after questioning how, given the record of child-abuse allegations against the former Alabama justice, that he can claim to be a victim of defamation.

This clip shows former Alabama judge Roy Moore in a 2018 interview that turned out to be a comedic ambush for the Showtime series "Who Is America?" Disguised at right as an Israeli counterterrorism expert, Sacha Baron Cohen demonstrates a gadget that he says will beep when waved at a pedophile. (Image courtesy of Showtime via Courthouse News)

International

Ukraine holds out against Russia, but its losses grow as ammo runs low

After more than three months of gruesome fighting, Ukrainian leaders say they are holding out against Russian attacks but are suffering increasing troop losses and running low on ammunition. 

A Ukrainian tank drives in the Donetsk region on eastern Ukraine on Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

EU and Russian state media face off in court over press freedom

Russian state media outlet RT France argued before the European Union’s second-highest court Friday that a bloc-wide ban on its content violates the freedom of the press, while Brussels and a group of EU states said the organization is Kremlin propaganda. 

A woman walks in the fog past European Union flags in front of EU headquarters in Brussels on Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Dutch trial over downing of MH17 comes to an end

A trial in the Netherlands over the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014 opened two and a half years ago with a 19-minute recital of the name of every passenger on board and ended on Friday with accusations of judicial bias by one of the defendants.

The reconstructed wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is seen at the Gilze-Rijen military airbase in the Netherlands in May 2021. (Molly Quell/Courthouse News Service)

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