Health Care Bill Heading Back to House: In a lengthy session that ended before dawn today, the Senate rejected numerous health care amendments offered by Republicans. But Republicans and the parliamentarian identified two provisions of the reconciliation bill that violate the rules and will necessitate another vote by the House of Representatives. The Washington Post has the story.
White House Confident Health Care Lawsuits Will Fail: In a White House background briefing, Obama administration officials sounded confident that the challenges to the health care reform filed in federal courts in Florida and Virginia won't succeed, according to this late BLT post last night.
Making Marijuana Legal: California voters will have the chance to legalize marijuana this fall in a ballot initiative that was certified Wednesday, according to this account in the San Francisco Chronicle. Political leaders oppose the initiative, but a well-financed campaign is behind it.
Florida Jury Awards Millions to Smoker's Widow: In 2006, a class-action suit against cigarette makers was tossed out by the Florida Supreme Court. But individual suits were allowed, and on Wednesday a Broward Couty jury awarded a smoker's widow $26.6 million in damages to be paid by two tobacco companies. The companies plan appeals, according to this story in the Daily Business Review via law.com.