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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

“Ala. Ten Commandments Monument Finds Home”: The Associated Press reports here that “A 5,300-pound Ten Commandments monument that forced the chief justice of the state Supreme Court out of office will be put on display at his church.”

Posted at 11:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Pot Laws Pain Some Elders; Senior citizens who rely on medical marijuana to cope with ailments wonder why the federal government wants to just say no to them”: This front page article will appear Thursday in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Right to ramble splits US Senate”: BBC News provides this report.

The Washington Times contains articles headlined “Frist stands firm on up-down vote” and “Judicial battle seen as attack on faith.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Judicial nominees still divide Senate; Democrats’ offer doesn’t budge Frist.”

The Daily Princetonian reports that “Students protest Frist at Frist.”

The Portland Press Herald reports that “Collins gets heat over filibuster vote.” reports that “Filibuster Fight Extends Beyond Senate.”

The Scripps Howard News Service provides a report headlined “Gore: ‘Poison pill’ for democracy in filibuster fight.”

The Times-Picayune reports that “GOP turns down deal on judicial nominees; Filibuster rule change gaining momentum.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that “Reid reaches for compromise on judicial filibuster; But Frist demands votes on all nominees.”

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that “Sessions takes stand for judicial nominee.”

The Rocky Mountain News reports that “Colorado senators split on filibuster; Salazar supports current rule; Allard calls for change.”

The Denver Post reports that “Dobson seen as driven, divisive; As respect rises, worries surface; The evangelical leader’s resounding plunge into politics has stirred both Democrats and the GOP.”

The Orange County Register yesterday contained an article headlined “Long-winded lawmakers.”

In commentary, The Birmingham News today contains an editorial entitled “Nothing sacred about filibuster.”

The Mobile Register contains an editorial entitled “Democrats search mud to try to slime Pryor.”

The Dallas Morning News contains an editorial entitled “Filibuster Wars: Democrats and GOP must avert a showdown.”

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle contains an editorial entitled “Courting disaster: The public should get a Senate deal on judicial nominees.”

The Winston-Salem Journal contains an editorial entitled “Going ‘Nuclear.’

The Denver Post contains an editorial entitled “Senate showdown no need to go nuclear: Sen. Ken Salazar is abandoning his campaign-year position on judicial nominees as Republican leaders weigh effort to change Senate rules.”

In The Dallas Morning News, Carl Leubsdorf has an essay entitled “Moving Target: Democrats and Republicans have switched sides over time on filibusters and Senate rules; But what’s really on the line here is the Constitution’s checks on presidential power.”

Online at OpinionJournal, Pete du Pont has an essay entitled “Sen. Strangelove: Or How Democrats stopped winning and learned to love the filibuster.”

In The Los Angeles Times, Jack Miles has an op-ed entitled “The Unholy Alliance Against the Filibuster.”

Columnist Molly Ivins has an essay entitled “By any name, the nuclear option stinks.”

In The San Antonio Express-News, Cary Clack has an op-ed entitled “Holier-than-thou attitude has no place in judicial filibuster debate.”

In The Providence Journal, Jackson Barlow has an essay entitled “The filibuster — Republicans aping the dread Europeans.”

In The Los Angeles Daily News, Gary Galles has an op-ed entitled “Judicial critics opposing Constitution supporter.”

In The Pasadena Star-News, Gerald Plessner has an op-ed entitled “Right-wing vision of America anything but ‘conservative.’

In The Washington Times, Cal Thomas has an op-ed entitled “A time for choosing II.”

Ann Coulter has an essay entitled “Drag liberals into the light.”

And today’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show contained judicial filibuster segments entitled “Democrats Line Up to Praise Dingy Harry’s Utter Failure on Filibustering Judges” and “Durbin Puts Rush in Congressional Record — Again.”

Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court opinions in argued cases: The Court today issued two opinions in argued cases.

1. Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the opinion of the Court in Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, No. 03-388. You can access the oral argument transcript here.

2. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist delivered the opinion of the Court in Pace v. DiGuglielmo, No. 03-9627, a decision on which the Court divided by a 5-4 margin along traditional lines. You can access the oral argument transcript here.

In news coverage, David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined “High Court Rules Farmers Can Sue Pesticide Makers.” Tony Mauro of has an article headlined “Reversing 5th Circuit, High Court Rules Against Pesticide Makers.” Hope Yen of The Associated Press has a report headlined “Court: Farmers Can Sue Pesticide Makers.” And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Wide opening for pesticide damage claims.”

Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Dubious of U.S. Case on Andersen”: Linda Greenhouse will have this article Thursday in The New York Times.

Charles Lane of The Washington Post provides a news update headlined “Justices Wary of Accounting Firm’s Enron Conviction.”

Stephen Henderson of Knight Ridder Newspapers reports that “U.S. defends case against accounting firm officials before high court.”

Tony Mauro of reports that “Justices Skeptical of DOJ’s Claims About Andersen Document Retention.”

The Associated Press reports that “High Court Probes Arthur Anderson Trial.”

Reuters reports that “U.S. Supreme Court judges question Andersen verdict.”

Michael Kirkland, UPI legal affairs correspondent, reports that “Court may rule for Andersen.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “A victory for Andersen?

Posted at 9:50 PM by Howard Bashman

Video available online from C-SPAN: Today’s broadcast of “Washington Journal” contained segments described as “Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Judiciary Committee Member, discusses the Judicial nominations” and “Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, discusses Judicial nominations.”

And from Monday, “The Center for American Progress hosts a panel discussion on the Senate Republican leadership’s possible plan to change the filibuster rules for judicial nominations.”

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Posted at 9:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“The veep is heading to disclosed location”: Thursday’s edition of The Hill will contain an article that begins, “If and when Republicans take the historic step of ending the Democratic filibuster of judicial nominees, the most visible figure in the parliamentary maneuver will not be a senator. Rather, Vice President Dick Cheney — who has the constitutional role of presiding over the Senate — almost certainly will oversee any deployment of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ on judges.”

Posted at 9:25 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: Today’s broadcast of “Talk of the Nation” contained a segment entitled “The Senate and Filibuster Changes.”

On this evening’s broadcast of “All Things Considered,” Nina Totenberg had a report entitled “Supreme Court Reviews Accounting Firm’s Enron Conviction.”

And on today’s broadcast of “Morning Edition,” Totenberg had a report entitled “High Court Reviews Arthur Andersen’s Enron Conviction.” The program also contained a segment entitled “House Vote Set on Abortion-Notification Measure.”

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Posted at 9:15 PM by Howard Bashman

Programming note: My day job will have me on the road in Columbia, South Carolina today and tomorrow. New posts will appear online later today.

Posted at 6:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“Republicans Reject Democrats’ Offer to Settle Judicial Dispute; The deal would allow votes on three nominees; But the GOP says it’s focusing on future picks”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

And in today’s edition of The New York Times, Bob Dole has an op-ed entitled “Up, Down or Out.”

Posted at 5:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“Mother urged to learn English gains full custody of child; Judge’s order in similar case raised advocates’ concerns”: This article appears today in The Tennessean.

Posted at 5:50 AM by Howard Bashman