Nominees' Health: The New York Times' Lawrence Altman, one of the few bylined names with M.D. at the end, raises questions today about John McCain's health status and takes Sarah Palin, Barack Obama and Joseph Biden to task, to varying degrees, for their lack of openness about their own health records.
The Powell Endorsement: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's powerful endorsement Sunday of Barack Obama is assessed by a passel of luminaries over at Politico. Among them, O'Melveny & Myers' Walter Dellinger challenges anyone to name a more important endorsement in presidential election history.
Defending Originalism: The Wall Street Journal excerpts a lecture given last week by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in which he says there are only two ways to interpret the Constitution: "try to discern as best we can what the framers intended or make it up." Flawed as it might be, Thomas adds that originalism "has the advantage of being legitimate and, I might add, impartial."
Chevron Culpability: A decade-long legal battle goes to trial in San Francisco this week, testing whether Chevron can be held liable in U.S. courts for alleged misdeeds in Nigeria, according to this article in the National Law Journal via law.com.
Law Firm Downturn: The Washington Post catches up to the belt-tightening at law firms triggered by the economic downturn in this story and in a related story about firms beginning to embrace alternative billing practices.