Women at the White House: All three women who have served on the Supreme Court were at the White House on Wednesday, but not all for the same event. Current justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were there for the reception celebrating Sotomayor's ascension to the high court, as we reported here. And retired Justice Sandra O'Connor was on hand later in the day to receive the presidential Medal of Freedom, as this report in the New York Times indicates.
Cheney Unchained: Former Vice President Dick Cheney's hard-edged loyalty to his president George W. Bush may be weakening, according to this story in the Washington Post. In conversations about his pending book, Cheney has expressed some disappointment in Bush, the paper reports.
Gay Milestone: Calling someone homosexual is not defamatory per se in New York, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The ruling, according to this report in the New York Law Journal, came in a lawsuit brought by Howard K. Stern, the lawyer and lover of the late Anna Nicole Smith against Rita Cosby, who authored a book about Smith that contained claims that Stern engaged in homosexual acts.
Gitmo North?: Federal officials are touring a maximum security prison in Standish, Michigan with an eye toward transfering Guantanamo detainees to that location, the New York Times reports here. States have not been eager to receive the prisoners, but economically hard-hit Michigan might be an exception.
Newport News in the News: Alexandria, Virginia may lose its distinction as the locale for terrorism trials to Newport News, where a new high-security courthouse opened in a semi-industrial area last year, the Washington Post reports here. Officials in Alexandria, whose federal courthouse is now surrounded by hotels, restaurants and high-end housing, are not sad about this development.