Good morning – here’s the last ‘Friday morning docket’ of the year:
The winter recess for Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court continues. The justices of the Court will gather a week from today for a closed-door conference before resuming oral arguments on Jan. 7 – kicking off the year by hearing arguments on whether the three-drug cocktail used in lethal injection executions amounts to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.
Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Patrick Kennedy were scheduled to meet with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday evening. Bhutto was slain in an attack just hours before the scheduled meeting, and the U.S. lawmakers were advised to leave the country for their own safety. Specter described the mood in Pakistan, where mourners openly wept for the slain leader, as reminiscent of America after the slaying of Kennedy’s uncle, Robert Kennedy. (AP via Yahoo! News).
Not everybody is feeling the pain of the subprime crisis. In the foreclosure real estate business, things are jumping. (WaPo).
The Environmental Protection Agency has signaled it will release documents supporting its decision to deny California and a dozen other states the ability to impose tight restrictions on tailpipe emissions. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is appealing the EPA’s waiver denial. (AP via NYT).
Postage for all the mailings members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent to their constituents in 2007: $20.3 million. Bragging about your accomplishments on the taxpayers’ dime: priceless. (AP via Yahoo! News).