Arguments in Al Franken Vs. Norm Coleman

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

The Minnesota Supreme Court listened to oral arguments today in Norm Coleman’s effort to prevent Al Franken from being seated in the Senate. Coleman’s attorney claims that ballots were counted and rejected one way in some precincts and another way in others. Franken’s attorney says that the entire recount process has followed state law.

If Franken prevails, there will be extensive pressure on Republican governor Tim Pawlenty to sign the certification so the former comedian can be on his way to Washington. If justices side with Coleman, the race goes on and on…
 
Update: Legal analysts say that justices seemed skeptical of the Coleman team arguments.

Court Support: A Supreme Court blogger gains new fame with the Sotomayor nomination — and has some choice words for media coverage of the rollout.
 
Michael Moore’s Take: The docu filmmaker writes on his blog about the GM bankruptcy. He writes, “So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy. It is not the joy of revenge against a corporation that ruined my hometown and brought misery, divorce, alcoholism, homelessness, physical and mental debilitation, and drug addiction to the people I grew up with. Nor do I, obviously, claim any joy in knowing that 21,000 more GM workers will be told that they, too, are without a job.
 
“But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company! I know, I know — who on earth wants to run a car company? Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM? Let’s be clear about this: The only way to save GM is to kill GM. Saving our precious industrial infrastructure, though, is another matter and must be a top priority. If we allow the shutting down and tearing down of our auto plants, we will sorely wish we still had them when we realize that those factories could have built the alternative energy systems we now desperately need. And when we realize that the best way to transport ourselves is on light rail and bullet trains and cleaner buses, how will we do this if we’ve allowed our industrial capacity and its skilled workforce to disappear? “

Today’s Top Read: Dan Neil in the Los Angeles Times, with a long column on the GM bankruptcy. “If you were to walk up to a typical New York executive in the 1960s — think Don Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men” — and tell him that General Motors Corp. would be in bankruptcy by 2009, he would have thought you were delusional, or perhaps a Communist. GM was more than just the world’s largest and most admired corporation; it was the final vindication of the American Way, the perfected and even divinely inspired example of democratic capitalism that stood opposed to the airless atheism and nullity of the Soviet system.”

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