SotomayorThere may soon be more “penumbras formed by emanations” in the invisible, unpredictable “living Constitution” if President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, should play a significant role in shaping the evolution of legal doctrine on the nation’s highest court.

MoneyOn April 29, Congress passed a nonbinding $3.56 trillion budget resolution for the 2010 fiscal year. The resolution (S. Con. Res. 13) first passed the House on a vote of 233-193, followed by Senate passage by 53-43. Not one Republican in either house voted for the measure, but 17 Democrats voted against it in the House and four in the Senate.

Money"Second verse, same as the first," go the lyrics to a '60s Herman's Hermits song about Henry VIII and repetition ad naseum. And so it goes with a new wave of Republican rumblings about a second Obama-era stimulus package that Democrat Nancy Pelosi and company are now publicly pondering.

Nancy PelosiOn both sides of the aisle, lawmakers are beginning to express doubts that more bailouts will solve the nation’s economic problems and have labeled their frustration “bailout fatigue.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not one of them.

Federal land grabWith our economy already staggering under an avalanche of debt, taxes, regulations, and the high costs of energy, Democrats in the Senate have decided to pile on a real economy killer: the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (S. 22). Incredibly, nearly 20 Republicans in the Senate joined with them in support of this destructive bill.

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