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- Federal Judge Matthew J. Perry, who successfully represented thousands of sit-in protestors, desegregated South Carolina’s universities and enabled African-Americans to elect the candidates of their choice in South Carolina, died last Sunday while still working as a judge. Perry was one of the first African-Americans appointed to the federal bench in the South.
- The district attorney overseeing the potential prosecution of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser for allegedly seizing a fellow justice by the neck asked the court to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case.
- A federal judge in Kansas suspended a recently-enacted state law defunding Planned Parenthood.
- “The Founding Fathers would have hated the debt ceiling“
- The biggest danger of the deceptively named balanced budget amendment may not be that it could pass the states today — it’s that there may not be any way to kill it if the states slowly ratify it over the course of many years.