... It will cost you an hour, but you should spend the time and watch this panel discussion
(click on link that says "Journalism Panel") from a recent Brigham Young University Law School program on how some of the country's best Supreme Court
reporters cover their beat... So unemployment now is down to 8.3 percent, and I'm waiting for another brilliant political journalist to write yet
another definitive column linking that number to President Barack Obama's re-election chances. How low does it have to go?...
... Back in Texas, the judges now responsible for coming up with a new redistricting plan for the Lone Star State evidently have their doubts about
the Republican gerrymander. From the Associated Press: "It's hard to explain changes to the map 'other than doing it on the basis of reducing minority
votes,' said the presiding judge, Rosemay M. Collyer."... And, a little further south and east, we mark today the 50th anniversary of the American
embargo on Cuban cigars and other goods...
There was a ton of coverage this week
over a court ruling that kept video recordings of California's long-ago Prop 8 trial secret. Having followed that case closely, and seeing how one-sided it was, I can understand why same-sex marriage proponents want the world to see it... Meanwhile, back in Washington,
Attorney General Eric Holder took some serious heat on Capitol Hill this week
for his testimony about the
"Fast and Furious" fiasco. This tense moment was particularly interesting. Yikes...
The ACLU sued the government this week, under the Freedom of Information Act,
seeking documents relating to the Obama Administration's drone program. The ACLU says the feds can't have it both ways -- boasting about the program
in public and then arguing in court that it's too secret to have its legal justifications exposed... The suit came just a few days after Leon Panetta,
appearing on CBS News' 60 Minutes, tap-danced around the question of what legal basis existed for the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki...
Oklahoma is giving New Hampshire a run for
its money for craziest state lawmakers. In New Hampshire, the Death Penalty Information Center reported that lawmakers are bucking a national
trend by trying to expand the state's death penalty regime... And in Oklahoma, State Senator Ralph Shortey is spending state taxpayer money on these projects to nowhere. From the guy who proposed a bill to ban the use of human fetuses in food comes a measure that would strip the Oklahoma's supreme court from evaluating the constitutionality of certain state statutes...
California this week marked Fred Korematsu Day (kids, look him up)... It looks like the state of
Washington will be the latest jurisdiction to recognize the legality of same sex marriage, a legislative achievement that prompted
the National Organization for Marriage to financially back candidates who would run against the four Republican lawmakers who voted in
favor of the measure... Back in New Jersey, meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie called a gay state lawmaker "numb nuts" and
pledged to veto same-sex marriage legislation...