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Top eight stories for today including Virginians are voting in an election that is being closely watched nationwide as a test of voter support for Democrats; The Supreme Court appeared reluctant to draw new lines over how legislative bodies censure their members; World leaders pledged to end deforestation by 2030, and more.

National

Justices keep it apolitical in fight over legislative censure

Cognizant of how a ruling on political speech could have ripple effects in Congress, the justices of the Supreme Court seemed reluctant Tuesday to draw new lines over how legislative bodies censure their members. 

The Supreme Court is seen on what is its first day of the new term, Oct. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hold the presses: Feds say publishing merger would create monopoly

In an effort to bust up a $2.175 billion merger, the Biden administration filed suit Tuesday to stop the America's largest book publisher, Penguin Random House, from acquiring the fourth-largest, Simon and Schuster.

(Image by MorningbirdPhoto from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

Judge warns Oath Keepers to keep ‘bombastic arguments’ out of court

A federal judge balked at a request by attorneys for two Oath Keepers to file a 145-page brief that would seek their clients' release from jail on the basis that the men face purported pressure behind bars to get vaccinated. 

The government included this photo of a group of Oath Keepers in their cases against Kelly Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson. (Image via Courthouse News)

Regional

Virginia governor race tests support for Democrats in Biden era

Virginia Republicans are hoping to break their decade-long losing streak for statewide office Tuesday in an election that is being closely watched nationwide as a test of voter support for Democrats and President Joe Biden.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe raises a glass of hard cider as he speaks to supporters during a rally in Richmond, Va., on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. (Steve Helber/AP)

Texans head to the polls to vote on constitutional amendments

Texans are heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on several proposed amendments to the state constitution, including two that would reshape the state judiciary and one that lets houses of worship stay open during public health emergencies.

A sign directs voters to a polling location in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2021. (Kirk McDaniel/Courthouse News)

Jurors hear opening statements in Wisconsin protest shooting trial

Jurors heard opening statements on Tuesday from lawyers prosecuting and defending Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old on trial for shooting three protesters, two of whom died, at a chaotic demonstration over the shooting of a Black man by white police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.

Kyle Rittenhouse listens as his lawyer gives opening statements to the jury at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

Appeals court sides with citizen journalist jailed for asking questions

A freelance Texas journalist who publishes her reports exclusively on Facebook will return to federal court after the Fifth Circuit revived her free speech claims against the officials who arrested her for asking questions of police.

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

International

Global leaders pledge to end deforestation, rein in methane

On the second day of a major United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, world leaders pledged to end deforestation by 2030 and U.S. President Joe Biden pushed to make the United States a leader on reducing methane emissions and halting global warming.

The morning sun shines through the trees of a redwood forest in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Santa Cruz County, California. The 10,000-acre park boasts over 40 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulty and the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, also reachable by an easy hike. (William Dotinga/Courthouse News)

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