The Rundown, 8/12

Sonia Sotomayor gets to bask in the glow of her new job on the Supreme Court today as President Obama hosts a reception for the newly confirmed Justice this morning at the White House--part of the prize for collecting nine Republican votes and not having the "complete meltdown" Sen. Lindsey Graham so wisely warned against.

Alaskans get some special attention tomorrow--a veritable invasion of Democrats now that Sarah Palin has resigned--as five of Obama's 17 Cabinet members will be there. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will take part in a White House Rural Tour forum along with Alaska's new governor, Sean Parnell (R), and Sen. Mark Begich (D).

It's the last day of Vice President Joe Biden's vacation on Kiawah Island, South Carolina...and boy, do we need him back.

It's also Americans for Tax Reform's 2009 Cost of Government Day...in case you were wondering on what calendar date the average American finishes paying off his or her share of taxes, it's today! ATR President Grover Norquist will deliver remarks at the National Press Club, accordingly.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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