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- Speaker John Boehner could use an obscure constitutional procedural requirement to gain an upper hand in the Republican Party’s efforts to weaken the Violence Against Women Act.
- Retired federal Judge U.W. Clemon, the first African-American to sit on the federal bench in Alabama, warns that the Supreme Court can no longer be trusted to protect civil rights: “With the rise of the Rehnquist court, our wall against the flood became the flood itself. We have seen, in the past quarter century, civil rights on the scaffold.”
- The Department of Justice prevailed in an effort to prevent former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal from working on one side of a case after his office took the other side of the case when he was acting SG.
- The Supreme Court could take up Guantanamo Bay again for the first time in four years.
- Police find nearly 8000 pounds of pot floating off the coast of Orange County, California.
- If elected, Mitt Romney would be the richest president ever.
- And, finally, Americans Elect, the obviously doomed-to-fail effort to nominate a third-party candidate using The Internets, admits that it failed.