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Hey gang -- I was going to write a whole bunch this afternoon. I had the time to do so after my presentation was done, but as the day has gone on, I just haven't had the energy.

So, in an effort to provide you with some good head-scratching (and desk-pounding) material, here are some links that you might find worthwhile clicks...

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is going to retire. President Obama on a new justice to replace Stevens:
I'll seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities: an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people. It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.
While another Republican Representative (Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida) calls on Michael Steele to resign from his post as head of the RNC, 30 of the 50 state RNC leaders have united in a show of support for Steele. Said the group:
As Republican Party state chairmen, we believe Chairman Michael Steele can lead the RNC to be a full partner with us this fall in our efforts to fire Nancy Pelosi and win Republican majorities in Congress and among governors. His record at winning elections has been stellar, his fundraising ability has been solid, and he has honed our Victory programs' ability to identify and deliver voters for Republican candidates.
Sarah Palin gave a rousing speech to conservatives at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:


And former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is making some subtle comments about RNC Chairman Michael Steele as well:
Anytime the chairman of our party becomes a story, that's a distraction for our candidates. I would encourage the chairman to do things that make it easier for candidates, like raising money, updating the technological base of our party and focusing on getting Republicans elected. I'm not going to give advice about his career, but I'm going to give advice on how to lead the RNC at this point.
There's a quick roundup of some of the things that I've been reading. Have a great weekend.