Craigslist Congressman: A married New York congressman who bared his chest in search of a Craigslist companion resigned yesterday, shortly after Gawker put the whole embarrassing correspondence up online. The New York Times has the story on Rep. Christopher Lee, (R-N.Y.)
Court Cuts: A special American Bar Association task force heard testimony in Atlanta Wednesday on the impact of severe state budget cuts on courts nationwide. It's not just a matter of skimping on pencils, witnesses said, but suspending civil trials, judges going without health insurance, and other strong measures. The ABA Journal story is here.
Virginia Jurist Dies: Leroy Hassell Jr., Virginia's first black chief justice, died at a Richmond-area hospital Wednesday after a long illness. Hassell joined the Virginia Supreme Court in 1989 and became chief justice in 2003, giving up the chief's position only last month, according to this report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
House GOP in Turmoil: Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is scrambling after some embarrassing floor vote losses and pressure from Tea Party hardliners to make more budget cuts, according to stories in Politico and The New York Times.