After Omar Thornton gunned down eight men at Hartford Distributors in August, the major media quickly began assigning blame — to Hartford Distributors.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie still sounded combative Tuesday when talking about an order from the state's highest court for the expenditure of another $500 million for the state's poorest school districts, but he backed away from his suggestion last month that defying the court would be "an option."

The field of Republican potential candidates for Barack Obama's job changes almost daily, as one possibility or another announces he will not run and another makes it official he will. Over the past weekend, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the presidential picture and on Monday former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlwenty made his long-anticipated announcement that he is, indeed, in the running.

The Obama reelection campaign is digging for �dirt� on Republican Chris Christie, the New York Post reported Monday, despite the New Jersey governor's repeated pronouncements that he will not be a candidate for President in 2012. The campaign team is doing "opposition research" in case Christie changes his mind, the Post said in reporting the "Obama operatives are compiling a dossier" on the governor. "Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, did not respond to messages," the report said.

The conditions in California's prisons violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment," the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 decision, upholding a federal court order to reduce the state's prison population by at least 30,000 within the next two years.