Dropout: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has taken himself out of the running for the Republican nomination for president, The Washington Post reports. He withdrew after his third place finish behind Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in the Iowa straw poll Saturday. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota won the contest.
Pressing Issue: Outgoing American Bar Association President Stephen Zack says the organization's biggest concern is court funding, the Daily Business Review reports. "The problem is people think the court is for troublemakers," Zack said. "The truth is there are millions of dollars tied up in the court that business could be using to create new technology and jobs. This is a universal issue."
Rising Doubts: Observers of AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA are losing confidence in the ability of the proposed merger to receive approval, Bloomberg reports.
Nevada Judicial Pick: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has urged President Obama to nominate Las Vegas lawyer Ariel Stern as the replacement for Nevada U.S. District Judge Philip Pro, who is assuming senior status, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "[Stern’s] father was a Cuban Jew," Reid said. "He was born in Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish. He's just a brilliant man."
Back to Schools: Vermont Law School and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. -- the only U.S. law schools to bar military recruiters because of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays -- will let Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps representatives return to their campuses in the fall, The Associated Press reports.