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- Despite widespread obstructionism from Senate Republicans, President Obama has still managed to appoint enough judges to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to turn what used to be one of the most conservative courts in the country into a haven of moderation.
- Plowing forward despite the failure of a similar ballot initiative in Mississippi, so-called “personhood” advocates will try to pass their anti-choice amendment again after two failed attempts in Colorado.
- A special prosecutor’s report finds that Justice Department attorneys engaged in prosecutorial misconduct during the Bush-era prosecution of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).
- Virginia Democrats, who control exactly half the seats in the state senate, filed a lawsuit claiming that the state’s GOP Lt. Governor lacks the authority to cast the tiebreaking vote on several key issues.
- Political scientists predict the Affordable Care Act will be upheld in a 6–3 or 7–2 vote.
- Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner appealed a court decision allowing him to be forcibly medicated.