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Top Eight

Top eight CNS stories for today including Democrat Joe Biden is inching closer to becoming the 46th president of the United States; Markets are poised for one of the best election weeks in decades; The president of Kosovo resigned after a judge confirmed war crimes charges against him, and more.

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including Democrat Joe Biden is inching closer to becoming the 46th president of the United States; Markets are poised for one of the best election weeks in decades; The president of Kosovo resigned after a judge confirmed war crimes charges against him, and more.

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National

1.) Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden will likely take Nevada and its precious six electoral votes — putting him on the threshold of becoming the 46th president of the United States.

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

2.) The U.S. Postal Service is unable to track whether thousands of ballots ever reached election officials, including in swing states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

A mailbox sits outside a U.S. Post Office building in the Susquehanna Township section of Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

3.) The election count continues. So does Wall Street’s rally, as markets are poised for one of the best election weeks in decades. 

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in New York. Stocks are pulling lower Friday, as Wall Street's first reaction to President Donald Trump's testing positive for the coronavirus was to retrench. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

4.) Troubled by reports against the far-right filmmaker who leads the independent U.S. Agency for Global Media, a federal judge pushed the Trump appointee’s lawyer to agree Thursday that the reported conduct is “loathsome.”

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, the Voice of America building stands in Washington. The new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters that are heightening concerns about their future as independent news organizations. Although Agency for Global Media chief executive Michael Pack has assured Congress that VOA and its sister networks will remain independent and pledged he would consult lawmakers on significant developments, last week he initiated personnel changes and began a review of visas for foreign employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Regional

5.) The count of some Pennsylvania mail-in ballots came to a brief halt Thursday morning as Democrats appealed a new ruling that would give President Donald Trump’s representatives an up-close look as votes are tallied.

Workers prepare mail-in ballots for counting at the convention center in Lancaster, Pa., on Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

6.) A Michigan judge said during a hearing Thursday afternoon she will deny the Trump campaign’s request to stop counting ballots statewide.

Election challengers look through the doors of the central counting board, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit. Officials were attempting to keep additional challengers from entering due to overcrowding. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

International

7.) The president of Kosovo, the small Balkan republic that gained independence following a NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, resigned on Thursday after a judge confirmed war crimes charges against him.

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci addresses the nation as he announced his resignation to face war crimes charges in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Thaci, a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence, has resigned in order to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity issued by at a special court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Thaci announced his resignation at a news conference on Thursday. He said he was taking the step “to protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo.” (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

8.) At a time when dozens of members of Greece’s neo-Nazi party are going to jail, the European Court of Human Rights slammed the country on Thursday for having convicted a journalist who railed against one of party’s supporters.

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