by Max Brantley
This one really is the Thursday open line. Final notes:
* EMINENT DOMAIN: The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week to consider a case in which the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is seeking damages from the federal government for flooding of bottomland timber that the agency had protested. It's something known as an "inverse" condemnation case and is being watched by those interested in eminent domain issues.
Along the way, Aden found time to put his Army combat training for cool thinking in emergency situations to use. He came upon a car overturned in an accident and helped pull an occupant from the vehicle, cutting himself on broken glass in the process.
* JUDICIAL UPDATE: Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who follows judicial appointments, tells me he expects easy confirmation Monday on the Senate vote on the president's nomination of Kris Baker of Little Rock to the federal bench in Little Rock. He said he expected no more than a handful of opposition votes, at most, from a tiny group of Republicans that have opposed most Obama appointees.
* ARKANSAS LOTTERY REASSURES PLAYERS: The Arkansas Lottery Commission issued a statement today saying it had reviewed the $20 scratchoff ticket subject of a recent lawsuit and was confident that there were no flaws in its production and any misdeeds were solely the result of tampering with tickets by people who sold them. It urged ticket buyers to look at tickets for signs of tampering. It said, in light of this, there was no reason to withdraw the tickets from sale.