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- Shortly after the new Congress convened yesterday, President Obama renominated 33 judicial nominees who were either nominated too late to be confirmed last year or who were victims of Senate Republican obstruction.
- Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D) says he will bring a bill to repeal the death penalty to the state senate floor if Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) can round up the votes to pass it.
- Survivors of the Sandy Hook school massacre resumed classes yesterday.
- Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R-VA) is polling voters and taking other steps to lay the groundwork for a potential independent run for Virginia governor, throwing a wrench into the gubernatorial aspirations of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA).
- And, finally, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides a helpful observation: “Surely no passenger planning some wrongful conduct toward another occupant of an automobile would call attention to himself by giving the finger to a police officer.”