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Friday morning docket: Pre-Memorial Day edition

DC Dicta will be off Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We’ll be back Tuesday bringing you the latest on Tuesday’s Supreme Court decisions and orders, as well as other Washington legal news. In the meantime, here’s a wrap of what’s going on now:

Today’s mandatory Supreme Court nominee update: The White House has confirmed that at least two – count ‘em: one, two – potential nominees have been interviewed by the president. The sit down with Circuit Judge Diane Wood was confirmed earlier in the week. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was also at the White House this week. Hmmm. (NYT)

More guessing: Perhaps it’s Wood and Solicitor General Elena Kagan who are at the top of Obama’s list? (ABA Jounal)

You can’t Gitmo money: After Obama defended his plan to close the detainee facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech yesterday, Congress made that plan a little harder to implement with a vote not to fund it. (AP)

Preemptive strike: President Barack Obama has issued a memorandum to federal agencies warning them against adopting blanket regulations announcing that they preempt state laws. (Lawyers USA – Sub. Req’d)

Tobacco closer to FDA regulation: A bill that would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products has advanced in the Senate. (Lawyers USA)

LOL, Ur getting sued: Bloggers are increasingly getting sued or threatened with legal action for everything from defamation to invasion of privacy to copyright infringement. (WSJ)

Discharging liability: At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bankruptcy proposal for Chrysler, some witnesses urged lawmakers to ensure that the company doesn’t discharge its potential tort liability with its debt. (Lawyers USA)

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