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Morning all.  We had some storm problems halfway through my writing the Hamdan article last night — and I’m just able to get back on the computer in the last five minutes or so, so it’s going to take me a little longer to get the first installment up and readable.  But I wanted to let everyone know that I’m working on it and give you a fresh thread.

In the meantime, Howie Klein sent me an update on his Blue America series for tomorrow that I thought would be of interest to a lot of folks here:

This week’s BLUE AMERICA (like every week, Saturdays at 2:00 pm East Coast time/11:00 am West Coast time) will feature a very special guest, John Laesch, the progressive fighting Dem who is taking on the Speaker of the House and the kingpin of the Republican Culture of Corruption, Denny Hastert. John will be taking some time out of his grassroots effort to sit down and answer questions live from FireDogLake community members. John is an independent-minded candidate and not a shill for the Big Business interests that completely control the Republicans (especially Hastert) and control more Democrats than is healthy for working and middle class America. John is a perfect example of the kind of candidate who is not someone who is "just better than the other guy." John is the kind of man who will help clean up the horrible mess that the Bush Regime in leaving behind and the kind of man who will move our country forward and make it a better place for us all.

Hope you can join us for Blue America tomorrow — it’s going to be a great chat, and as always with Howie’s posts, I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot about this race.

Thanks everyone for your patience.  If Mother Nature will cooperate, and I can get the coffee going shortly, then I should have something on Hamdan up within the hour.  Here’s hoping!

UPDATE:  SCOTUSblog has this announcement posted, and I thought it would be of interest to everyone:  "The Georgetown Law Center will be hosting at noon today a faculty discussion on Hamdan, featuring Neal Katyal, Mark Tushnet, Carlos Vazquez, and David Luban. It will be held at the law school, 12th Floor of the Gewirz building. C-SPAN will carry it live."  Talk about your must see TeeVee — that sounds like an intriguing faculty discussion, doesn’t it?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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