Digging In: Nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits, including veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium, has been discovered in Afghanistan, The New York Times reports. Afghanistan could be transformed into one of the world's most important mining centers.
Demands: Obama administration officials are demanding that BP establish an independently administered fund for reimbursing victims of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, The Wall Street Journal reports. President Obama is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday night.
Speaking Up: Theodore Olson's crusade to overturn California's Proposition 8 and establish a constitutional right for same-sex marriage has surprised conservatives,The Washington Post reports today. Olson, a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who was President George W. Bush's solicitor general, will present closing arguments Wednesday in the Prop 8 trial. Washington lawyer Charles Cooper, a conservative, represents the California group that sponsored Proposition 8.
Fee Sanction Tossed: A federal appeals court has ruled JPMorgan Chase & Co. should not have been forced to pay more than $17,000 in attorney fees as punishment for improperly removing a state court suit to the federal arena, The Legal Intelligencer reports via Law.com. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of JPMorgan.
Kagan the Clerk: The Washington Post takes a look at Elena Kagan's time clerking for the liberal Justice Thurgood Marshall for the 1987-88 term and whether it's possible to glean Kagan's legal thinking from the memos she prepared.
Motion to Sever: The Texas Lawyer reports a co-defendant of R. Allen Standford is fighting to sever amid a complaint about the "egregious and circus-like conduct" of Standford and his lawyers from from Houston law firm Bennett Nguyen Joint Venture. The defense attorneys for Laura Pendergest-Holt say their client cannot get a fair trial.