1. Senate Republicans have filibustered one of President Obama’s nominees to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. (I previously blogged about the controversy over the DC Circuit here.) At the Monkey Cage, Sarah Binder wonders if this will finally be the point when the majority party in the Senate exercises the nuclear option. (I’ll believe it when I see it — at this point, after 8 years of Bush and almost 5 years of Obama, the nuclear option feels a bit like Lucy’s football, always held out for Charlie Brown until the last second.)
2. The Texas Land Commission seeks to reassure the Tea Party: designating the Alamo a UNESCO World Heritage site will not place the Alamo under United Nations control. (H/T: Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money.)
4. Reuters reports on the polio outbreak in northeast Syria. (H/T: Duck of Minerva.)
5. Do we really have to witness another Presidential run by Rick Santorum come 2016?
6. The Most Trollish Congressman of the Week Award goes to Rep. Mike Rogers, Republican of the Michigan 8th Congressional District. Apparently, former FBI Special Agent Rogers believes that “you can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated, right?” See also this post by Scott Greenfield and this parody by Ken White at Popehat. The Colbert Report had a segment about this episode Thursday evening, so I expect it will receive plenty of attention.
7. Best motion of the week (bolded emphasis added): “The government has moved to ban [defense counsel from using] the word ‘government.’ The State of Tennessee offers precisely zero legal authority for its rather nitpicky position, and the defense can find none. … Should this Court disagree, and feel inclined to let the parties basically pick their own designations and ban words, then the defense has a few additional suggestions for amending the speech code. … defense counsel does not wish to be referred to as a ‘lawyer,’ or a ‘defense attorney.’ Those terms are substantially more prejudicial than probative. See Tenn. R. Evid. 403. Rather, counsel for the Citizen Accused should be referred to primarily as the ‘Defender of the Innocent.’ This title seems particularly appropriate, because every Citizen Accused is presumed innocent. Alternatively, counsel would also accept the designation ‘Guardian of the Realm.’ Further, the Citizen Accused humbly requests an appropriate military title for his own representative, to match that of the opposing counsel. Whenever addressed by name, the name ‘Captain Justice‘ will be appropriate…” Please do read the whole thing. (The government’s motion was denied, btw, so Captain Justice, Defender of the Innocent and Guardian of the Realm, can chalk up a win.)