Countdown: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the Obama administration's signature health care legislation, White House and congressional officials are "spinning in advance of their 'day of' statement," The Washington Post reports.
Uphill Battle: Robert Luskin of Patton Boggs, representing acclaimed cyclist Lance Armstrong, is "aggressively questioning" evidence that his client violated anti-doping rules, The New York Times reports. The United States Anti-Doping Agency is set to bring charges against Armstrong. Former Armstrong teammates cooperated in the investigation, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Monitoring: Law school students at University of California at Irvine will monitor five banks' compliance with a California foreclosure settlement. The National Law Journal said students in the law school's consumer protection clinic will, among other things, assist homeowners in modifying their loans.
Going Away: "I'm not a thief," R. Allen Stanford said yesterday in Houston federal district court before a judge sentenced him to 110 years in prison for executing one of the country's largest-ever fraud schemes. More coverage here and here.
Clean up: The Environmental Protection Agency is expected today to announce a plan to tighten soot standards across the country, The Washington Post reports. The EPA faces a court-ordered deadline.
At the Center: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: "Calling Sarasota the "epicenter" of the nation's housing boom, a federal judge Thursday sentenced a former Washington Mutual loan officer to 15 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Southwest Florida property."
Don't Look Down: From The New York Times: "The last time a man walked across the Niagara Gorge, Grover Cleveland was president. Utah had just become a state. And, that same year, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens." Nik Wallenda makes an attempt Friday night.