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Monday status conference: The president’s making his case

If you feel like you’ve seen a lot of the president lately, you are not alone. President Obama went on an unprecedented media blitz over the weekend, appearing on the Sunday political talk shows of every major television network in an effort to drum up support for his health care reform plan.

He even tried to demonstrate his willingness to work with Republicans by speaking of his plan to explore medical malpractice reform measures. “That’s not popular in my party,” the president noted during his appearance on NBC. Tonight the president wraps up his media bonanza with an appearance on Letterman.

Meanwhile,

Talking about an arbitration: A recent 5th Circuit ruling is reigniting a push by attorneys’ groups for the passage of a bill that would prohibit pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses in most contracts. (Lawyers USA)

DOMA as I say, not as I do: The Justice Department does not endorse the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes. But it continues to defend it legally, this time in a Boston court. (Boston Globe)

Taking aim at Iqbal: Groups of trial lawyers, civil rights advocates and consumer groups are planning a strategy to undo the Supreme Court decision that raised pleading standards in federal courts. (National Law Journal)

Breach of (anti)trust? The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill that would eliminate a federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies. (Insurance Journal)

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