Friday morning docket: Depressing news edition

blsToday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in January, more jobs were cut than in any one-month period since 1974. The news comes as the president and congressional lawmakers continue to try hash out their differences over an economic stimulus package. The Supreme Court continues its summer recess, which gives Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg some extra recovery time after yesterday’s pancreatic cancer surgery.

Meanwhile,

Ginsburg surgery reignites rumor mill: As Ginsburg recovers, speculation is swirling over whether President Barack Obama may be faced with the task of selecting a U.S. Supreme Court justice early in his tenure. (Lawyers USA)

Another taxing issue: A Senate panel postponed a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Representative Hilda L. Solis as labor secretary, after questions were raised about tax liens against her husband’s business. (AP)

Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200: Sen. Patrick Leahy wants food producers responsible for widespread, deadly outbreaks of disease should go to jail. (AP).

O’Connor back on the job: Retirement, schmretirement. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was on a panel of judges hearing oral argument in three cases pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Tulane Law School Tuesday. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

scalia1Nino the Bully? CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen thinks Justice Antonin Scalia, who this week derided a college student for asking him a “nasty, impolite question,” should stop being such a bully. (CBS News)

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