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- Disgraced former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore officially wins the GOP primary to get his old job back. Although he still must face a Democratic opponent in the general election, he is likely a strong favorite in the deeply red state.
- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) sounded an uncharacteristically conciliatory note on judicial nominations shortly before Leaders Reid and McConnell struck yesterday’s confirmation deal.
- Meanwhile, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) takes a well-deserved shot at Tea Party Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT): “Every senator has their own rights, and Sen. Lee does have the experience of being in the Senate for several months. And he does show up at all our hearings. I compliment him on his attendance to the Judiciary Committee. I disagree with him on this,” referring to Lee’s decision to oppose every single nominee President Obama sends to the Senate.
- The NRA is back in conspiracy mode again after environmental groups ask the EPA to regulate bullets so that they are made out of something less toxic than lead. Up to 20 million eagles, condors, swans and other birds die each year from lead poisoning due to bullets and shot left behind by hunters and other gun users.
- A Virginia jury awarded $4 million to the families of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, finding that the school was negligent in not informing students of the shooting earlier.