Monday status conference: Happy Birthday to George and Abe!

In honor of our presidents, the Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, and all other federal offices are closed today. Oral arguments at the Supreme Court resume tomorrow (see previous post for details on that). President Bush is in Africa this week, and there’s a lot on his itinerary.

Meanwhile,

The behind-the-scenes drama never seems to end in the case of D.C. v. Heller, in which the Court will decide the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban. First, lawyers were getting fired. Now the district is arguing with the Justice Department over how much time each will have during oral arguments. (BLT)

The second honeymoon between the White House and Capitol Hill is over. (AP)

Television’s “Judge Alex” Ferrer already has a civil dispute pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, he’s taking heat from the Florida Supreme Court for ruling on post-trial motions on a case in which he served as a witness. (ABA Journal)

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan is recovering after a fall. (NYT)

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