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Friday morning docket: the early (roasted) bird edition

We know it’s not Friday yet. But since DC Dicta will be spending this Friday in a tryptophan-induced coma, we’ll bring you the briefing today:

Next week Congress continues its Thanksgiving break (except for one or two senators, see below). Lawmakers will return Dec. 3.

The Supreme Court will be back in action next week, hearing oral arguments in four cases. Click the case number for a summary care of the folks at Oyez.com:

-LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, 06-856, deals with whether an employee pension plan participant can sue the plan manager under ERISA for losses caused by breach of fiduciary duties in administering the plan, even when the losses affected only the participant’s personal account. Monday at 10 a.m.

-Knight v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 06-1286, considers whether trusts and estates can fully deduct the cost of investment management and advisory services on their income tax returns. Tuesday, 10 a.m.

-New Jersey v. Delaware, 134, Orig., [PFD file from the Supreme Court's website] considers whether a Special Master correctly concluded that although New Jersey may make grants of riparian rights beyond the lowwater mark on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, it cannot make grants of riparian lands beyond the low-water mark. Tuesday at 11 a.m.

-Rowe v. New Hampshire Motor Transport Association, 06-457, deals with whether the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 preempts a state law requiring air and motor carriers take steps to ensure that tobacco is not sold to minors. Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile,

President Bush granted pardons to two turkeys, May and Flower (AP), but PETA wants him to go a step further and give the overstuffed birds “expert” health care and “retirement at a peaceful sanctuary” for their remaining days (WSJ’s Washington Wire). But we’re sure his mind will be on other matters this holiday weekend (ABC News).

While lawmakers are back in their home states eating turkey leftovers next week, the Senate will technically be in session, a move that keeps President Bush from making recess appointments. (CNN)

As bargain hunters get more computer savvy in their hunt for Black Friday deals, retailers’ lawyers get tougher and threaten legal action. (NYT)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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