Squeeze, Black Coffee In Bed…

Lots going on in the news and on the blogs this morning. 

— Please make your calls on SCHIP

Ted Olson and Patrick Fitzgerald (yes, that Fitz) are having a lively disagreement on the Reporter’s Shield Law that is up for debate today in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Both WaPo op-eds make for interesting reads.  I can certainly see the agrument for rigorous press protections on first amendment grounds, while at the same time fully understand the Fitz position that allowing reporters to shield lawbreakers — in a sense becoming a component of the lawbreaking itself — is not acceptable.  There is no clear line answer on this, which is why the debate is fascinating.  Good reads, both of them.

— Oh look, the DOJ under Alberto Gonzales and George Bush has been issuing “bait and switch” memoranda, publicly saying one thing while secretly ordering something altogether different.  This one is about torture and interrogations.  But how many more of those are lingering out there on a broad range of subjects?  Dick Cheney and David Addington and their ilk are leaving a legacy of cruelty, paranoia and falsehoods.  Heckuva job.

— Good for Sen. Byrd, who has introduced amendments on Iran that require express Congressional approval for any action going forward.  No Quarter has the details.

Taylor has the final vote count on the Feingold amendment.

And that’s just for starters.  What’s catching your eye in the news and on the blogs this morning?  Pardon me while I pour another cuppa…

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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