Stories mentioned in the local papers today but explored more analytically elsewhere include:
The Washington Post explainer on House Republicans' plan to push an abortion anesthesia vote -- one last hot button litmus test before control passes to Democrats.
The analysis by Linda Greenhouse of the NY Times on arguments before the Supreme Court yesterday on voluntary desegregation plans that take race into account in school assignments. Her account makes it clear affirmative action in school assignment is just about over. (In case you were wondering, it's no longer a factor in Pulaski County schools except in magnet schools, which seem to still be viewed as an acceptable tool, even by the Bush court.)