D.C. Attorney General Spars With Federal Judge: The NLJ's Jordan Weissmann covered a hearing yesterday in which D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles was ordered to appear by Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, and things got testy to say the least. Weissmann reports, "By the end of the afternoon in Washington’s federal trial court, Huvelle had been pushed nearly past the point of words, thrusting together her hands into a time-out signal to try to interrupt Nickles. For his part, Nickles had already chastised the judge for her “unseemly” comments. He also appeared to make a reading recommendation." The source of the tension? A recent filing in the case of Evans v. Fenty, a 34-year-old class action dealing with the quality of support services that the District of Columbia provides to the mentally disabled.
Obama, Medvedev Sign Nuclear Arms Pact: Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev signed a nuclear arms control treaty on Thursday and opened what they hoped would be a new era in the tumultuous relationship between two former cold war adversaries. The New York Times reports that the two leaders put aside the acrimony that has characterized Russian-American ties in recent years to sign the pact with great fanfare.
Va. Governor Amends Confederate History Proclamation: In response to what he dubbed a "major omission," Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell amended his Confederate History Month proclamation to address the state's complicated history of slavery. The Washington Post reports McDonnell said he left out any reference to slavery in the original seven-paragraph proclamation because he wanted to include issues he thought were most "significant" to Virginia.
Mining Disaster: Rescuers planned to enter the West Virginia mine that was the site of a fatal explosion earlier this week in the hope of finding signs of possible survivors. The Associated Press reports that few expect to find any of the four still-missing miners alive.