SEATTLE AND LOUISVILLE. As expected, in another 5-4 decision the Supreme Court struck down two public school integration plans in Seattle and Louisville. We're going to be running extensive coverage of this today and tomorrow, but for now, see here (PDF) for the full decision.
Speaking of school integration, John Derbyshire offers some thoughtful comments here.
CARD-CHECKED. The Employee Free Choice Act died in the Senate yesterday by a vote of 51-48 -- nine votes short of what would be needed for cloture. Today, New York Times economics writer David Leonhardt has a hand-wringy piece that both sides with card-check's opponents in their argument that the process is illegitimate because it doesn't involve a secret ballot, but also laments the longterm decline of organized labor in the United States and its impact on rising inequality.
NOT JUST ACTS OF COMMISSION. The chief prosecutor in the DoD's Office of Military Commissions took to the New York Times op-ed page today to defend conditions in Guantanamo Bay and the integrity of the military commissions process for detainees there: "Guantánamo Bay is a clean, safe and humane place for enemy combatants," Morris D. David concludes, "and the Military Commissions Act provides a fair process to adjudicate the guilt or innocence of those alleged to have committed crimes."