Ted StevensFormer Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, known for his hot temper and deep barrels of pork for his rural state, died Monday night in a plane crash. Stevens, 86, was the longest-serving Republican ever in the U.S. Senate, maintaining his membership in the upper house of Congress for an even 40 years. He was finally defeated in 2008 after a federal jury in the District of Columbia found he had concealed more than $250,000 in gifts and convicted him on seven felony counts. The verdict came just eight days before Stevens lost his bid for a seventh term to Democrat Mark Begich, then the mayor of Anchorage.

Louisiana has passed two new statutory requirements regarding abortion. One requirement would provide that women who plan to have an abortion first have an ultrasound examination. The second would prevent medical malpractice insurance for doctors who perform elective abortions (abortions in which the life of the mother is not in danger.) A group of abortion clinics have filed suit in federal court to block implementation of these new laws.

Twenty states have joined in a lawsuit in Florida asking a federal court to enjoin the implementation of Obamacare. These states are alleging irreparable harm if the federal bench does not act. 

Angelo M. Codevilla, a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, has written a sweeping essay, "America's Ruling Class — and the Perils of Revolution," that cries out for the widest possible readership. Codevilla’s essay covers immense territory without losing sight of fundamentals, ties together a breathtaking number of loose ends — and although leaving out at least one important part of the story, leaves us with a realistic sense of what we are up against if we are to save this country.

Tea Party Express news conferenceIn an effort to refute allegations of Tea Party racism, particularly within the Tea Party Express, black conservative Tea Partiers held a press conference last week. The Tea Party Express organized the event to address accusations of racism that were elevated by the group’s split from its former leader Mark Williams. At last week’s conference, members explained that accusations of racism are merely ploys to discredit the movement.

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