Countdown: Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival Paul Ryan faced off last night, revealing sharp contrasts in a lively, at times fierce, debate in Kentucky. "It was the debate that President Obama and Mitt Romney did not have a week ago," The New York Times reported. More coverage here and here.
A big winner: The European Union has grabbed a Nobel Peace prize for "advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."
Pay day: From The National Law Journal today, a closely watched copyright case: "A group of music publishers has won $6.6 million in a copyright infringement case over song lyrics posted on websites owned by a co-founder of MySpace. Although a default judgment, it was the first of its kind involving lyrics on the Internet, according to plaintiffs attorneys."
Smoke suit: "The City of Oakland has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the Department of Justice from seizing property leased to the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country," The New York Times reports today. Also on the marijuana policy front, The Washington Post today looks at the U.S. Justice Department response--or lack thereof--to legalization initiatives in three states.
Beer battle: A Native American tribe is taking on major beer distributors, NPR reports. A lawyer for the Oglala Sioux says beer sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska is smuggled onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. NPR: "And who lives in Whiteclay? According to the latest census: 11 people. That's right. Only 11 residents in a town that sells 4 million cans of beer each year."
Dissolved: "Score another point for Samsung in its ongoing smartphone wars with Apple." The Recorder looks at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's win for Samsung in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The appeals court said a trial judge wrongly granted an injunction for Apple Inc. over the company's iPhone search technology.
Down to the wire: The possibility of a baseball Beltway Series remains alive as both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles triumphed in separate games last night, forcing a pair of Game Fives in the District and in New York. The Nationals face the Cardinals, and the O's take on the Yankees.