Top Eight

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen laid out a vision of Europe as a world leader in tackling climate change and upholding an international order; A new poll shows Joe Biden maintaining his narrow edge over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and holding a wider lead in Minnesota; Hurricane Sally slammed the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle, and more.

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National

1.) A poll released Wednesday shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden maintaining his narrow edge over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and holding a wider lead over the Republican incumbent in Minnesota.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

2.) Disinformation and conspiracy theories are the sources of some of the deepest disagreements between Republicans and Democrats during the 2020 campaign season, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

3.) The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told senators Wednesday a Covid-19 vaccine may not be widely available in the U.S. until the middle of next year.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Regional

4.) Arizona’s Republican Senator Martha McSally, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, trails Democrat Mark Kelly by double digits in her run to keep her seat in Congress’ upper chamber, according to a poll released Wednesday.

(Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia)

5.) Hurricane Sally slammed the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle on Wednesday after strengthening overnight to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 105 mph and drenching rains forecasters warn will bring catastrophic flooding.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

6.) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that he and his staff of nearly 500 employees will be furloughed for a week in an effort to combat a multibillion-dollar budget crisis. 

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

International

7.) In her first State of the Union speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday laid out a vision of Europe as a world leader in tackling climate change and upholding an international order built around the rule of law, free trade and human rights.

(Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

8.) U.S. sanctions against Iran are aimed at ruining the Middle Eastern county’s economy and they violate a 1955 treaty, Iran argued before the United Nations’ top court on Wednesday. 

(AP Photo/Mike Corder)
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