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- Tennessee is considering moving from an appointed judicial bench to judicial elections. That’s really good news for powerful corporations, not so good news for people who don’t like Wisconsin-style judicial dysfunction.
- Dave Weigel explains how Republicans only care about their expansive reading of the Tenth Amendment when it can be used to strike down laws they don’t like.
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is right that the ATF needs a Senate-confirmed leader. Too bad an NRA-endorsed law and the Senate’s broken filibuster rules make that impossible.
- The Senate confirmed Tea Party Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) chief counsel to be U.S. Attorney in Utah. Still no explanation of why Mike Lee’s guy was nominated in the first place.
- And, finally, just read Harold Meyerson on the fundamental problems with presidential democracy.