Health Care Showdown: Lawyers for President Barack Obama will on Wednesday seek to stave off the biggest legal challenge yet to healthcare reform, his signature domestic policy achievement. The administration will present oral arguments as it appeals a ruling by a Florida judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, backing claims by 26 U.S. states that are seeking repeal, Reuters reports.
Weinergate: Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York, reeling from revelations of salacious online behavior that threaten his political career, moved rapidly on Tuesday to make amends as Republicans called for his resignation and leading members of his own Democratic Party distanced themselves from him, The New York Times reports.
Direct Donations: A judge in Virginia on Tuesday affirmed his ruling that the federal ban on direct corporate contributions to political candidates is unconstitutional, turning down the government’s request that he reconsider, the Washington Post reports.
Free Willie: Willie Nelson settled his latest pot bust with a plea deal that reduced the marijuana possession charge to possession of drug paraphernalia and imposed a $500 fine, his lawyer said Tuesday, according to CNN.
Railroad Suit: Oxbow Mining is filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe, saying the railroads conspired to raise prices on customers like the Colorado coal mine that Oxbow runs, the Associated Press reports.