Friday morning docket: Last of primary season

Congress is in session today, as the number of lawmakers who are still actively seeking to become the next president dwindles to two.

The justices of the Supreme Court conferenced yesterday, surely readying at least a few decisions for a Monday release. There are still dozens of cases that must be decided before the end of the month, including cases dealing with the burden of proof under the ADEA, notice requirements under federal sentencing guidelines, conflicts of interest under ERISA, the constitutionality of DC’s handgun ban, and whether the death penalty should be allowed in cases of child rape.

Meanwhile,

The climate bill appears to be dead in the water. (WaPo)

Congress has approved $3 trillion budget – the first time in eight years lawmakers managed such a feat during an election year. (WaPo).

The number of American in danger of losing their homes has reached a 30-year high.
(Bloomberg)

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has nixed the idea of a new national task force to combat the nation’s mortgage mess. (NYT)

President George W. Bush and members of Congress put aside their sniping for one day to enjoy a family picnic. (AP)

West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd, was released from the hospital after being treated for a mild infection, and was happy to hear that Sen. Edward Kennedy’s surgery went successfully, and that Vice President Sick Cheney apologized to taking a swipe at his home state. (WaPo’s The Sleuth)

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