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- The Congressional Research Service concluded that Rep. John Mica’s (R-FL) plan to privatize Amtrak violates the Takings Clause of the Constitution. That’s the actual Constitution and not the fake one Tea Partiers believe in.
- A federal judge in New York blocked a state law requiring so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to disclose which services they don’t provide. Crisis pregnancy centers are anti-abortion centers that masquerade as women’s health clinics in order to trick women into not getting an abortion
- The California Supreme Court eased the way for a state law banning plastic bags in grocery stores.
- The Justice Department asked the Ninth Circuit to briefly reinstate Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell until it goes away permanently later this year.
- A key provision of West Virginia’s campaign finance law was struck down in light of the Supreme Court’s most recent assault on equal participation in democracy.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee allowed several judicial nominees to move forward yesterday