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Top eight stories for today including state justices filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing a controversial theory that could alter authority over election laws; Ukraine expanded its counteroffensive by attacking Russian forces near the northern city of Kharkiv; A leaked roll call of a far-right militia group shows law enforcement and elected officials, and more.

National

State judges offer rare input as high court tackles redistricting case

Months after the Supreme Court agreed to review a theory that could upend judicial review of election laws, the state justices from the highest courts in all 50 states have taken the unusual step of reaching out to the court in opposition to the principle. 

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

Probe of Oath Keepers finds hundreds of public servants in its ranks

The Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League sifted through 38,000 names on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists and identified more than 370 people believed to work in law enforcement, more than 100 current military members and more than 80 people who were running for or served in public office as early as August.

A man wearing an Oath Keepers shirt stands outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2021. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Texas attorney wins fight against subpoena in Trump election interference probe

One of the out-of-state witnesses summoned by an Atlanta-area district attorney investigating potential criminal interference with Georgia's 2020 presidential election has won a challenge to her subpoena in a Texas appeals court.

In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a poll worker talks to a voter before they vote on a paper ballot on Election Day in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Regional

Steve Bannon to turn himself in on new NYC criminal charge

Steve Bannon, the right-wing political strategist pardoned in 2021 by former President Donald Trump, is expected to surrender Thursday to New York City prosecutors.

Steve Bannon departs the federal court in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2022. Bannon was brought to trial on a pair of federal charges for criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to cooperate with the House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Court filing reveals turmoil within LA prosecutor’s office

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón may have survived a recall attempt, but behind the scenes his office is still a mess.

New Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón takes the oath of office on Dec. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy George Gascón)

International

Ukraine’s attacks expand, Putin lashes out at West

Ukraine's army was on the offensive Wednesday not just in the south but also along the northern front lines near Kharkiv, the country's besieged second-largest city, a development that is making this one of the war's bloodiest phases.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev/TASS News Agency Host Pool Photo via AP)

Mandatory pretrial detention case reveals subsurface politics on both sides of debate

Mexico’s president and his Morena party will likely benefit from a final vote on mandatory pretrial detention in the Supreme Court planned for Thursday, according to political analysts

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar pose together after a meeting in April 2019 in this photo taken from Zaldívar’s Facebook account. (Facebook via Courthouse News)

Latvia can force universities to use only national language

The European Union’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that member states can require universities to only teach in their national language. 

The sun sets over the skyline of the Latvian capital of Riga in April 2018. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

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