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Top eight CNS stories for today including a panel of federal judges ruled the Trump administration’s latest effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count is unlawful; Joe Biden continues to hold a commanding national lead against the president with registered and likely voters; A magistrate for Europe’s highest court ruled against bans on the ritual slaughtering of animals without first stunning them, and more.
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1.) Days after the government reported a nationwide decline in unemployment and an uptick in available jobs, the Labor Department shared bad news Thursday with its announcement that the population receiving unemployment insurance remains at a high 9%.
2.) The Trump administration’s latest effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count is unlawful, a panel of three federal judges ruled Thursday.
3.) New polling data shows that former Vice President Joe Biden is perceived to have more respect for American troops compared to President Donald Trump, while the former VP continues to hold a commanding national lead against the president with registered and likely voters.
4.) In a one-two punch Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency was hit with two federal complaints over its large-scale plan to protect the Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest estuary.
5.) A federal judge in Tennessee issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from requiring first-time voters to appear in person to cast their first ballot.
6.) We Build the Wall is breaking down on two fronts – in Manhattan, where its founder is facing a federal indictment, and in South Texas, where engineers say the Rio Grande is washing out the foundation of 3 miles of border wall it financed.
7.) World Health Organization experts pleaded for patience Thursday in a news briefing from Geneva only days after a patient injected with a promising antidote fell ill, grinding one large-scale trial to a halt.
8.) In a legal test case pitting animal rights advocates and far-right politicians against Muslim and Jewish religious leaders seeking to protect halal and kosher meats, a magistrate for Europe’s highest court on Thursday said bans on the ritual slaughtering of animals without first stunning them are unlawful.